On-Site: Vincent Price Art Museum

Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College
March 20, 2018–December 8, 2018

In conjunction with On-Site: Neighborhood Partnerships with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA presents two exhibitions at the Vincent Price Art Museum featuring the museum’s rich collection of Egyptian art and a recent donation of works by Mexican photographer Mariana Yampolsky. On-Site is a community engagement initiative that creates ways to make LACMA’s programs and collection accessible to the communities of Los Angeles County with the goal of broadening participation in cultural experiences. The exhibitions and LACMA’s partnership with the Vincent Price Art Museum and East Los Angeles College are important components of the On-Site program.

Passing through the Underworld: Egyptian Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
This exhibition, drawn from LACMA’s permanent collection, presents an introduction to Egyptian art with a focus on myth and funerary practice. The exhibition features coffins, a mummy, and mummy masks, along with objects from tombs that provide insight into Egyptian funerary practice. Images of deities illuminate Egyptian creation mythologies and understandings of the afterlife, while priestly insignia and tools reflect the rituals of Egyptian temple life. Depictions of animals illustrate popular beliefs and religious practices, and royal statuary represents rulers and activities of the court. Other objects in the exhibition demonstrate the wide range of materials the ancient Egyptians used in their craft and artistic production, and the sophisticated techniques they perfected. The exhibition also includes two artworks from the collection of the Vincent Price Art Museum.

Mariana Yampolsky: Photographs from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Mexican photographer Mariana Yampolsky (1925–2002) captured the beauty and desolation of Mexico and its history. American born, she moved to Mexico at the age of 19 and built an artistic practice honoring the cultural, natural, and architectural elements that fed her spiritually and inspired her to become a Mexican citizen. Combining a straightforward photo-documentary style with a poetic approach, Yampolsky has described her gaze as matching her imagery—precise and delicate, never overtly strident and always respectful.

On-Site: Neighborhood Partnerships with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Image: Sculptor’s Model, Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, possibly reign of Ptolemy II, c. 285–246 BCE, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, William Randolph Hearst Collection

Image: Mariana Yampolsky, Espera, n.d., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, D.R. © Mariana Yampolsky Cultural Foundation, A.C. Mexico, digital image © Museum Associates/LACMA