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Magnifique critiques 

I feel compelled to postpone the mundane tasks of putting some order into my hectic, post-holiday existence and shout “Bravo!” to the five very thoughtful and insightful critiques/essays contributed by the Cal Poly students of Professor Helms’ aesthetics class, which, in itself, is a task to be applauded (“Take it outside, kids!” Jan. 2)!

Being a graduate and art/education major at Cal State Fullerton eons ago, memories were fondly recalled. I, too, had similar assignments: critiquing the L.A. Civic Center—city hall, surrounding parks, administrative buildings, La Brea Tar Pits, Olivera Street, and the L.A. Music Center. Speaking of which, here is a challenge for our bright and upcoming scholars: Compare and contrast the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (the classic, older, largest music and arts building) with the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Frank Gehry’s “liquid,” more contemporary rendition-structure of music—the L.A. Philharmonic’s “home”). The contrast is alarming! The sensation of observing the two structures in such close juxtapositions confounds the senses!
Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Kudos to the students and professor Helms.

-- Mariann Cirelli - Grover Beach

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