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Take NAMTA’s Triennial Artists & Art Materials Survey
posted by Christopher Howard — February 28, 2012
The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA), an organization of more than 550 professional art-materials businesses, conducts a study of artists and art materials every three years and is asking all artists, art students, and art instructors to contribute by completing an online survey by Monday, April 2, 2012. The survey is open to American and Canadian artists, over the age of 18, working in any medium. CAA especially encourages art students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to participate.
For individuals: Two lucky survey participants are eligible to win $200 each in gift certificates to an art-supply store.
For schools: A gift box of art supplies will be awarded to the top five colleges that have the most students complete the survey. The gift box includes: Strathmore drawing pads, Golden and Liquitex acrylic paint sets, Winsor and Newton oil paint sets and brushes, a $100 gift certificate to Art Supply Warehouse, the Artist’s Magazine, and a book, Rethinking Acrylic.
Participants must register to receive the executive summary and to enter the drawing by clicking on the link on the thank-you page after submitting their completed survey. The drawing and executive summary sign-up is separate from the survey to keep the survey anonymous. All survey responses are anonymous and will only be reported as part of summary figures like totals or averages. Visit the website of Hart Business Research, which is administering the survey, to learn more about how to enter the drawing and competition.
NAMTA is donating $1 for each completed survey (for the first five hundred completed) to scholarships through the NAMTA Foundation for the Visual Arts.
About the Survey
The survey is the first phase of a larger study, titled Artists & Art Materials 2012, which will also include a questionnaire for retailers of art supplies. In the study’s second phase, Hart Business Research will analyze this survey data as well as data from the National Endowment for the Arts, various artist nonprofits, the United States Census, and individual artists’ websites to build a comprehensive picture of artists’ evolving activities. The report will be announced in summer 2012, accompanied by an executive summary that will be made available to all survey participants.
Thanks to Conference Attendees and Participants
posted by Christopher Howard — February 27, 2012
CAA warmly thanks the five thousand attendees, participants, exhibitors, and guests who made the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles a tremendous success.
In the next few issues of CAA News, you will read more about the conference—including summaries of ARTspace, the Distinguished Scholar session honoring Rosalind Krauss, the speakout sessions, and more—as well as reports from the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees, which all have full, exciting agendas for the coming year.
The 101st CAA Annual Conference will take place in New York, February 13–16, 2012. The 2013 Call for Participation, which solicits your papers and presentations for the event, will be published and mailed in March and also be available on the CAA website as a PDF for download.
Image: Graduate Public Practice from the Otis College of Art and Design presented “Re/Locating Learning: Public Practices as Art” at the Los Angeles conference (photograph by Christopher Howard)
Results of the 2012–16 Board of Directors Election
posted by Christopher Howard — February 24, 2012
The CAA Board of Directors welcomes four newly elected members, who will serve from 2012 to 2016:
- Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University
- Stephanie D’Alessandro, Art Institute of Chicago
- Gail Feigenbaum, Getty Research Institute
- Charles A. Wright, Western Illinois University
Barbara Nesin, CAA board president, announced the election results during the Annual Members’ Business Meeting, held on Friday, February 24, at the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles.
The Board of Directors is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures.
For the annual board election, CAA members vote for no more than four candidates; they also cast votes for write-in candidates (who must be CAA members). The four candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the board.
Solo Exhibitions by Artist Members
posted by CAA — February 22, 2012
See when and where CAA members are exhibiting their art, and view images of their work.
Solo Exhibitions by Artist Members is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.
Angela Ellsworth. Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia, August 4–27, 2011. Training, Walking, and Drawing. Drawing and performance.
Patricia Cronin. Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC, February 4–March 10, 2012. Patricia Cronin: Bodies and Soul. Sculpture.
Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern. Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey, January 31–February 29, 2012. objex.desire. Painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
Rachel Epp Buller. Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Wichita, Kansas, January 27–February 17, 2012. Those Were the Days. Mixed-media monoprints and boxes.
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría. Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 9, 2011–February 16, 2012. Nodes [N 42° 57’47" W 85° 40’07"]. Video and sculptural installation.
Linda Stein. Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, February 2–March 7, 2012. The Fluidity of Gender: Sculptures by Linda Stein. Sculpture.
Linda Stein. Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 19–April 18, 2012. The Fluidity of Gender: Sculptures by Linda Stein. Sculpture.
Mark Williams. Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, January 19–April 1, 2012. The War Is Over. Painting, printmaking, watercolor, photography, drawing, sculpture, and light drawing.
Cora Cohen. D. M. Allison Art, Houston, Texas, January 14–February 18, 2012. Cora Cohen: Works on Paper. Watercolor and mixed media.
Angela Ellsworth. Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, November 3–December 31, 2011. They May Appear Alone, in Lines, and in Clusters. Sculpture.
Clarence Morgan. Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, February 13–March 6, 2012. Material Traces. Painting, drawing, and mixed media.
Contribute to a Journal Issue on Digital Art History
posted by Christopher Howard — February 21, 2012
In 2013, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation intends to publish a special issue dedicated to the topic of “Digital Art History.” For full details on the issue, please visit the Taylor and Francis webpage for the journal.
At present, the field of art history has amassed considerable knowledge concerning how to digitize texts and images and make them widely available in well-structured formats. However, the state of the field with respect to scholarship in the digital age is less clear. Visual Resources seek to answer the following questions and more:
- What kind of art-historical scholarship is now possible in the digital environment that could not be done before?
- What new types of questions can be posed now?
- How might digitized resources (texts and images) be used to produce innovative scholarship?
- How might the digital environment allow scholars to address existing or “traditional” questions with new evidence or conclusions?
While exploring what is now possible, it is also important to consider the challenges that the field of art history still faces with respect to scholarship in the digital age. Contributors might also ask what prevents the field of art history from widespread adoption of the new research tools and techniques associated with the digital humanities.
Visual Resources invites researchers and educators in art history and visual studies to submit proposals for this special issue. Abstracts should be 750 words in length and be accompanied by a one-page CV that includes up-to-date contact information for the proposed contributor(s). Abstracts and CVs should be sent to Murtha Baca and Anne Helmreich, coeditors for this special issue. Deadline: March 23, 2012 (5:00 PM PST).
Meet Baca, Helmreich, and representatives from Taylor and Francis at the upcoming CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, February 24, 2012, 2:30 PM, at the Routledge booth in the Book and Trade Fair. Refreshments will be served at the booth.
Important Conference Information: Registration, Parking, and More
posted by CAA — February 20, 2012
CAA’s 100th Annual Conference takes place this week: Wednesday–Saturday, February 22–25, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Early, advance, complimentary, exhibitor, and press registrants can check in at the registration area in Concourse Foyer, Level 1, at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning Tuesday, February 21, at 5:00 PM. Each registrant is entitled to a conference tote bag, the Conference Program, the Directory of Attendees, online access to Abstracts 2012, and entry to the Book and Trade Fair (open Thursday–Saturday). Your tickets to special events and workshops will be included in your registration packet. If you have not yet purchased tickets for the Centennial Reception and for professional-development workshops, you can do so at registration. These tickets are subject to limited availability.
Registration days and hours are:
- Tuesday, February 21, 5:00–7:00 PM
- Wednesday-Friday, February 22–24, 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
- Saturday, February 25, 8:30 AM–2:30 PM
Two large, non-CAA events—ceremonies for newly naturalized US citizens—will take place on Wednesday, February 22, at 9:00 AM and at 1:30 PM. Approximately ten thousand new citizens and their guests are expected to attend each ceremony. CAA strongly recommends that you check in at registration on Tuesday evening. If you arrive on Wednesday, please allow yourself ample time before your first session.
Parking at the convention center is available in either the West Hall or the South Hall parking lots. The West Hall parking is closest to the conference and located off LA Live Way, between 11th Street and Pico Boulevard, The entrance to South Hall parking is off Venice Boulevard, west of Figueroa Street. Convention-center parking costs $12 per day (subject to change). Overflow parking areas can be found nearby—please download and review this map. Parking rates vary from $10 to $25 per day, and most lots have a daily rate of less than $20 per day. All parking is first-come first-served. For more information, contact the Los Angeles Convention Parking Office at 213-741-1151, ext. 5850.
Hotel Discounts and Shuttle
The Millennium Biltmore has a few rooms left in the CAA block. Prices start at $120 per night for students. Call 800-245-8673 to make your reservation. CAA offers a free shuttle-bus service between the convention center and the Westin Bonaventure and the Millennium Biltmore. The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and the Figueroa Hotel are within easy walking distance of the convention center.
Your conference registration includes access to the Abstracts 2012, which is available online as a PDF. This publication is not available in print. Log into your CAA account using your CAA User/Member ID# and password and click the Abstracts 2012 icon on the welcome screen to download the 1.9 MB document. If you do not know your User/Member ID# or password, follow the help instructions on the log-in screen.
People in the News
posted by CAA — February 17, 2012
People in the News lists new hires, positions, and promotions in three sections: Academe, Museums and Galleries, and Organizations and Publications.
The section is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.
Joseph Basile, a professor of art history and chairperson of the Department of Art History at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore since 1994, has been named associate dean for liberal arts at his school.
Angela Ellsworth, a sculptor and professor of art at Arizona State University in Phoenix, has been awarded tenure.
Dennis Farber, a faculty member in the Foundation Department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore since the 1990s, has been named associate dean of foundation studies at his school.
Anne Marie Oliver, assistant professor of intermedia and contemporary theory at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, has been named cochair of the master’s degree program in critical theory and creative research at her school.
P. Gregory Warden, professor of art history and associate dean for research and academic affairs in the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, has been appointed president of Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. Warden will leave his current institution at the end of academic year 2011–12.
Museums and Galleries
David Bomford has left his position as acting museum director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. Bomford, who joined the museum in 2007 as associate director for collections, will return to London to pursue research, scholarship, and writing.
Joy Garnett, a New York–based painter and the editor of NEWSgrist, has become director of Theodore:Art, a gallery that has recently relocated from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Suzanne Folds McCullagh has been named Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Chair and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois. A museum staff member since 1975, McCullagh succeeds Douglas Druick as the head of her department.
JoAnne Northrup, previously chief curator at the San Jose Museum of Art in California, has joined the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno as director of contemporary initiatives.
Martha Tedeschi has been named Prince Trust Curator in Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois. A museum staffer since 1982, Tedeschi takes the curatorial reins from Douglas Druick.
Sheena Wagstaff, chief curator at Tate Modern in London since 2001, has been recruited as the new department head of twentieth- and twenty-first century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Kenneth Wayne, a consultant for arts organizations since 2010 after leaving a curatorial post at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York, has joined the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York, as deputy director for curatorial affairs.
posted by CAA — February 17, 2012
Read about the latest news from institutional members.
Institutional News is published every two months: in February, April, June, August, October, and December. To learn more about submitting a listing, please follow the instructions on the main Member News page.
Alfred University in Alfred, New York, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the Institute for Electronic Arts’ Experimental Projects Residency. The School of Art and Design in the New York State College of Ceramics will use the grant to fully fund eight artists chosen for one- to two-week residencies.
The American Academy in Rome in Italy has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund its yearlong residency program for American artists.
The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, has accepted a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its residency program for emerging and established artists.
The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture in New York has been awarded a 2011 Hurricane Recovery Grant in support of American Christmas Cards 1900–1960, an exhibition that was held September 21–December 31, 2011. The $3,000 grant came from the New York Council for the Humanities and is intended to aid cultural institutions affected in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
California Institute of the Arts in Valencia has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in aid of the CalArts Community Partnership Summer Arts Program, a three-week initiative for high school students to learn from professional artists and to participate in a choice of five workshops: visual art, dance, music, film/video, and writing.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a grant of $68,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The museum will apply the funds to Color!, an exhibition of fine-art color photography and its accompanying catalogue.
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $15,000. The school will use the funds for Ruptures, an exhibition of commissioned artworks that address public space, the role of the artist, and social justice. Featured artists will include Sharon Hayes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nancy Davenport.
DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, has earned a $39,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help support the DePaul Art Museum’s exhibition War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art, scheduled for spring 2013.
Electronic Arts Intermix in New York has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its Artists’ Media Distribution Service, a program founded in 1973 that offers an archive and lending library of more than 3,500 titles of video and media art.
The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, has acquired an important Man Ray archive. Among the highlights of the collection, which includes photographs, ephemera, and correspondences with other artists, are agendas the artist kept that document twenty-seven years of his career.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has been awarded $30,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, has earned a $34,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for an upcoming exhibition, Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life 1928–1944, which will feature more than forty paintings and be accompanied by a catalogue.
Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the school’s Ceramic and New Technology Research Initiative, a three-week residency program that explores connections between ceramics and digital technology. The college has also launched a new online publication, Community Arts Journal, which describes the school’s relationship to the arts and activism communities in Baltimore and beyond.
The New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $20,000 in support of Inspired by New Orleans, a project comprising artist lectures, an original sound piece by Dario Robleto, and a Mississippi-based project designed by the architects David Adjaye and Michael Maltzan.
The New York Art Resource Consortium has completed a new digital collection, made in partnership with the Frick Art Reference Library, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, and the Museum of Modern Art Library. The collection, called Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century, features materials from the city’s art galleries, associations, and clubs and is available to researchers as full-text digital facsimiles.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia has been awarded a $34,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help produce a museum exhibition, Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis, which will present paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and archival material.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania has earned a $61,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the exhibition Van Gogh Up Close, on view February 1–May 6, 2012.
The Picker Art Gallery and the Clifford Art Gallery at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, have received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the exhibition Recto/Verso: Video by Ann Hamilton, a survey of the video art by Ann Hamilton, on view February 3–April 6, 2012.
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, has accepted a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund the Pratt Center for Community Development, an outreach program connecting the school to its neighborhood through community events and collaborative projects.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California has received a $34,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of a retrospective of the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. The exhibition will feature seventy large-scale color photographs and five video installations and be on view February 18–May 28, 2012.
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, has earned a $27,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its nine-week residency program for emerging artists.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, has received a $5 million endowment from the New York philanthropist Dame Jillian Sackler for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The gift is in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the naming of the Sackler Gallery.
Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, has been awarded a $34,000 grant to support the Newcomb Art Gallery’s exhibition Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, which will open in October 2013.
The University of California, Berkeley, has received a $15 million gift from David Woo to support the relocation of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Woo is a 1967 graduate of Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and was active in the planning of the original museum and archive.
The University of Oregon in Eugene has received a $1.2 million endowment gift from the estate of Ann Swindell to sustain faculty development and help expand the art curriculum in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.
The University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The museum will use the funds to support an exhibition devoted to the work of the American artist Ralston Crawford (1906–1978).
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford, Connecticut, has accepted a $21,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of MATRIX, a dynamic exhibition series founded in 1974 that features emerging artists.
The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York has received a $61,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund the museum’s upcoming retrospective for Jay DeFeo, scheduled for February 28–June 2, 2013.
The Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, has accepted a $68,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for an upcoming exhibition, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland 1861–2008. With more than one hundred artifacts—paintings, drawings, films, and posters—the show will trace the appeal of Coney Island from its prehistory to the present.
Download Abstracts 2012
posted by Christopher Howard — February 16, 2012
Registrants for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles can now download Abstracts 2012. This publication, available as a PDF, summarizes the contents of hundreds of papers and talks that will be presented in program sessions.
Reading the abstracts in advance can help you plan your daily schedule at the conference. Program sessions are alphabetized by the chair’s last name and appear in the contents pages (4–10). An index in the back of the publication names all the speakers. Alternatively, use your Adobe Reader to conduct a keyword search for terms relevant to your interests.
After conference registrants log into their CAA account, they can click the “Abstracts 2012” image in the middle of the screen to download the PDF (1.9 MB). Abstracts 2012 is part of the registration package; there is no added cost to paid or complimentary registrants for this publication.
Conference attendees who purchase single-time slot tickets, or those who want Abstracts 2012 but are not coming to Los Angeles, may attain the document for a charge: $30 for CAA members and $35 for nonmembers. Abstracts 2012 will remain on the CAA website for download or sale through July 31, 2012.
Beginning with the 2010 conference in Chicago, CAA offers its Abstracts exclusively as a PDF download. Past issues of the printed publication from 1999 to 2009 are also available. The cost per copy is $30 for CAA members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information and to order, please contact Roberta Lawson, CAA office coordinator.
Free Los Angeles Art Apps for Your Smart Phone
posted by Christopher Howard — February 15, 2012
CAA encourages you to look into a handful of free and low-cost smart-phone apps to help you navigate museums, galleries, and other art-related events, enhancing your conference experience in Los Angeles. Most of the apps, which offer an abundance of exhibition information for the Hammer and Fowler Museums and for Pacific Standard Time, are designed for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches; several work with mobile devices using Android. A few of these apps assist with travel and transportation around the city, and with finding restaurants. The apps are available in the iTunes Store and in the Android Market.
Art Openings and Events
ArtConcierge is a free guide to galleries, art fairs, and art-related exhibits, including programming for the Getty Center’s Pacific Standard Time and to independently organized events. GPS navigation is available for all selections. ArtConcierge is produced by Fabrik Media Group, which publishes the magazine Fabrik.
Artcards gives you free instant access to a comprehensive list of current art openings, talks, performances, screenings, and related events in greater Los Angeles. Galleries are grouped by neighborhood or city. Artcards provides names of artists, titles of shows, event day and time, and links to maps and to each gallery’s website.
The free LA Weekly app offers content from the printed newspaper and its website. Updated events listings include: live music, art openings, comedy clubs, theater, and dining options. Search for a particular event or use a GPS device to find events near you. More than two thousand restaurant listings and write-ups by the celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold. Get it for Apple or Android devices.
Museums and Exhibitions
Learn all about the Los Angeles art world from the 1940s to today with The Getty: Art in LA, Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center. This free app for both Apple and Android devices highlights all four Pacific Standard Time exhibitions held at the Getty Center. See paintings, sculptures, photographs, and archival material, listen to audio, and read the stories behind the artworks.
Getty Goggles will help you explore and learn more about paintings in the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Simply photograph a work of art you are interested in and click the Getty result to hear insightful commentary from artists, curators, and conservators. Getty Goggles works with Apple products and mobile devices using Android.
This free app for Apple and Android can help you plan a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition to learning about the museum’s collection, you can reserve tickets for film screenings, concerts, lectures, and gallery talks. Video interviews with artists and curators are also available. The museum has also created an Apple-only app for its exhibition, California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way.”
Use the free Hammer Museum app to plan your visit and to experience in-depth content about the Hammer’s exhibitions and collections. Features include: interviews with artists and curators discussing specific works of art, videos of artists describing their practices, and excerpts from exhibition catalogues. The Hammer app is compatible with Apple products and mobile devices using Android.
The free Fowler Museum Guide app provides visitors with a tour of the Fowler Museum’s permanent collection of more than 150,000 art and ethnographic objects and 600,000 archaeological objects representing ancient, traditional, and contemporary cultures of Africa, Native and Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific. The app also gives information on temporary exhibitions.
Designed to help you learn more about the Norton Simon Museum’s current and upcoming exhibitions and events, this free app lets you browse the collections, listen to podcasts and audio stops, watch videos, and learn about the museum’s history. The app also lists the museum’s hours, admission fees, and directions.
Listen to the award-winning Norton Simon Museum Audio Tour. More than four hundred stops are featured in English and Spanish, including tours for adults and children. Look for the audio-tour icon and stop number on the labels of many of the museum’s artworks.
Navigating the City
Mappity Los Angeles, available for $.99, offers a map of Los Angeles with features such as street-level map details and custom mapping for door-to-door travel.
The free Beat the Traffic app for Apple, Android, and BlackBerry tells you about the road and traffic conditions in your desired city. Its features include: real-time traffic maps, GPS displays of traffic jams in your area, and weather information. Beat the Traffic HD Plus+ is an ad-free version that is available for $4.99 in the iTunes Store and $3.99 in the Android Market.
The California Traffic Report, a free app produced by the University of California, San Diego, delivers real-time traffic reports, including approximate commute time, traffic speeds, and maps. It covers greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego.
Yes, public transportation does exist in Los Angeles. Use the free Go-Metro Los Angeles app to help you navigate the city’s bus system. Features include: maps, timetables, fare information, and a trip planner.
Eat Like a Native
The Los Angeles Street Food app ($1.99) covers cheap eats in the city, from Vietnamese pho houses to Mexican taco stands to grilled-cheese food trucks. The interactive maps will help you navigate the city, while listings are organized into categories and publish in-depth reviews, Twitter links, and picture slideshows. This app, though, does not track food trucks.
Vegan Los Angeles supports a healthy vegan lifestyle in Los Angeles. Find recipes and vegan restaurants and watch cooking demonstrations using this free app for Apple and Android mobile devices.
Revised on February 16, 2012.