This three-channel video installation by Hassan Hajjaj includes nine separately filmed performances
by an international array of musicians. The sitters/performers wear clothes that Hajjaj has designed himself,
and pose in spaces covered by patterns he has selected. Clad in traditional fabrics, as well as luxury brand
clothes and shoes, the musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, high and low culture,
reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.
Hajjaj, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, moved to London in 1975, and now divides his time between London and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer, he also employs video. His work depicts a globalized society that pushes and blurs the boundaries of cultural identity—whether African, Arab, or Western.
My Rock Stars Experimental
Volume 1, 2012, Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY, M.2013.81.
Mitra Tabrizian, Tehran 2006, 2006, gift of the Buddy Taub Foundation, Jill and Dennis A. Roach, Directors, through the 2014 Collectors Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.2014.67
IRAN: the name simultaneously evokes a land of ancient monuments, brilliantly tiled mosques, black chador-clad women, and the stern, bearded visage of Ayatollah Khomeini, personifying the 1979 Islamic Revolution and its aftermath. Iran is all of these things and much more. For the veteran world traveler, Iran often remains as one of those unchecked boxes, until now. Join LACMA on a customized trip, tailored to the art-lover, and balancing spectacular ancient and Islamic sites with the lively contemporary art scene of Tehran. The trip will be led by LACMA curator Linda Komaroff, whose knowledge of and enthusiasm for Iranian art and culture will help make this an unforgettable experience.
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Highlights from the collection will be traveling internationally for several years beginning with Chile and Mexico in 2015. Please come and say goodbye.
In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.
As the first of a two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, such as Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others.
Susan Hefuna, Woman Behind Mashrabiya I, 1997, Purchased with funds provided by Ann Colgin and Joe Wender, Kelvin Davis, John and Carolyn Diemer, Andy Gordon and Carlo Brandon, Deborah McLeod, and David and Mary Solomon through the 2013 Collectors Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.2013.125
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