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Pop Goes the Easel at Ed Ruscha Retrospective

Whether using signs, sayings, and slang; shooting images of architecture; making drawings with gunpowder; or painting landscapes superimposed with text, ED RUSCHA has held a mirror to American society for decades. In his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, the artist is now the subject of LACMA’s Ed Ruscha/Now Then, a monumental cross-media retrospective that includes 250 works spanning 60 years. His 1968 painting Hollywood, which depicts the sign along a bright horizon line, is here, as is Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Fire from the same era. Ruscha’s book Every Building on the Sunset Strip, shot from the bed of a pickup truck, is also included, as is Chocolate Room, an installation made from paste derived from cacao and cocoa butter screen-printed onto paper and refabricated for the show. Ruscha’s 1992 Cameo Cuts print depicting “The End” of a scratched film reel only furthers his lifelong examination of phrases and places. April 7–October 6. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323-857-6000; lacma.org. E.V.

New Jil Sander Store Delivers Minimalism to the Max

The brand JIL SANDER, founded by the German designer of the same name, is known as one of the pioneering forces in minimalism, taking the fashion world by storm in the 1990s with her stark, elegant vision of womanhood. Since 2017, it’s been overseen by Luke and Lucie Meyer, who have kept that spirit alive. Last month, during the Frieze art fair, the brand opened a store on the far west side of Beverly Hills, which is their only standalone shop in the city (they have another location in South Coast Plaza). At 4,100 sq. ft., the Johnston Marklee–designed space is an airy white box with skylights. A wall of steel-framed windows leads out to a small courtyard and features brushed metal displays for accessories and furniture. The whole thing recalls one of Sander’s most famous quotes: “I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.” 9970 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 424-421-0092; jilsander.com. M.B.

Discover the Genius of Eames’ Designs on a Tour by Their Granddaughter

Disciples of Ray and Charles Eames have a new place to worship with the opening of the EAMES INSTITUTE OF INFINITE CURIOSITY’s new headquarters in Richmond. The showplace consists of a Gallery, Collections Center, and Archives Study Center housing more than 40,000 artifacts. The pieces range from prototypes, products, and tools to personal items. Founded in 2022, the institute’s mission is to share the Eames’ work and influence on contemporary design. Tickets will be released to the public on the first of each month, with guided tours led by Llisa Demetrios, chief curator and the Eames’ granddaughter. Following each tour, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase books, vintage items, and objects inspired by pieces from the archive. 1330 S. 51st St., Richmond; eamesinstitute.org. D.N.

Culinary Greats Gather for Four-Day Food Extravaganza

Anyone who has complained about too many cooks in the kitchen has probably never experienced the epicurean extravaganza that is PEBBLE BEACH FOOD & WINE. But after a four-year hiatus, California’s preeminent celebration of gastronomy, fine wines, and top-shelf spirits is back with a Michelin-starred constellation of culinary talent. Hosted by the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the four-day gourmet experience takes place Thursday, April 4, to Sunday, April 7, with The Inn at Spanish Bay as its epicenter. More than 100 celebrated chefs from across the country are descending on the coastal retreat, from OGs like Jeremiah Tower, Charles Phan, and Nancy Silverton to fresh creatives like Stephanie Izard, Chris Cosentino, and Tim Hollingsworth. More than 150 prized wine and spirits producers like Bond, Opus One, Dom Pérignon, and Verité Estate will also be pouring at the two-day Tasting Pavilion and for more exclusive dinners and events. Curated packages range from $3,000 to $10,000 and Tasting Pavilion tickets are priced from $475 to $1,200. pebblebeachfoodandwine.com. D.N.

An Icon of Wine Country Reopens

After a years-long reinvention, beginning with painstaking renovations of all 50 rooms and suites, Napa Valley’s AUBERGE DU SOLEIL finally unveiled its full transformation early last month. Following the completion of The Restaurant — the property’s Michelin-starred fine dining spot founded in 1981 by French restaurateur Claude Rouas — and The Bar, which was ambitiously repositioned to the opposite side of the interior to take advantage of the sweeping valley view, things at the Relais & Châteaux property are once again picturesque. Conceived by resident designer Suzanne Tucker of San Francisco–based Tucker & Marks, the overall update further enhances the hotel’s hallmark feel. Her goal is “to keep the design au courant while maintaining its evocative mood of the South of France — chic, stylish, and sophisticated with a fresh, modern touch.” To mark the reopening, the hotel is extending a special offer for stays through April 30 that include two nights, a $200 resort credit, a bottle of its coveted house Cabernet Sauvignon, and complimentary breakfast. 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, 800-348-5406; aubergeresorts.com. D.N.


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