Late Chris Burden’s monumental performance sculpture, Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont pays homage to ingenuity, optimism, and the persistence of experimentation, failure, and innovation. Inspired by Brazilian-born pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, widely considered the father of aviation in France, the kinetic airship sculpture was completed in 2015 after a decade of research and work by Burden.
In 2007 LACMA acquired a group of six paintings by the Mexican painter Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz. When LACMA acquired the works they were covered with a yellow varnish layer that obscured the contrast and tonality of the original colors and flattened the perspective. Once removed, the illusion of space and depth returned, revealing the work of a thoughtful and highly skilled artist. This video documents the process of conserving Morlete's pictures.
Judith Baca, professor at UCLA and founder of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), talks about the history of mural painting in Venice, California, her own work, and the ongoing legacy of Edward Biberman. Edward Biberman, Abbott Kinney and the Story of Venice is on view in the Art of the Americas building at LACMA through November 16, 2014. SPARC is hosting a related exhibition, Lost Horizons: Mural Dreams of Edward Biberman through July 31, 2014.
In the early morning hours just before dawn on March 10th, 2012, the transporter carrying the megalith that will be part of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass at LACMA arrived at the museum. The transporter traveled through four counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles) and twenty-two cities in a carefully orchestrated journey that attracted thousands of bystanders. At 340 tons, the boulder is one of the largest megaliths moved since ancient times.
Levitated Mass is expected to open to the public June 24, 2012. Learn more
Frame x Frame: Reimagining the Everyday is a tour and digital animation workshop for seventh grade students. Teaching Artists lead students on a tour of the collection, analyzing how artists have transformed ordinary objects in unexpected ways. Following the tour, students visit the studio where they re-imagine everyday items by combining the traditional art of drawing with technology. Learn more.