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.
These monumental golden gates are thought to be one set of a pair, created by Alexis Timothy Ishchenko, commissioned by Catherine the Great for a Russian Orthodox monastery in Kiev. LACMA conservator John Hirx reveals how this elaborate work of gilded silver was constructed.
Michael Govan talks with National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman about the NEA's agenda, including the Our Town grants that provide more than $6.5 million in funding to support the arts as an integral part of revitalizing communities. The discussion explores the NEA’s recent research on arts engagement, the impact of declining art education on public participation in the arts, and Chairman Landesman’s interest in theater and country music. The NEA is the largest national annual funder of the arts in the U.S.
Stephanie Barron talks about collaborating with Price on plans for the exhibition, and the relationship between Price and architect Frank Gehry, who designed the exhibition, on view at LACMA through January 6, 2013.
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
For too long, Los Angeles hip hop has been seen as one dimensional 'gangsta rap.' With this new series, we're giving our city's hip hop artists an amazing platform to show not only our community, but the world, that we have so much more to offer. – Murs
Through the Mic is a new concert series at LACMA that explores contemporary Los Angeles hip hop, with an emphasis on the diversity of L.A.-based artists. Co-curated by LACMA and hip hop artist Murs, concerts will take place in front of artist Chris Burden's iconic Urban Light sculpture on the third Thursday of every month, May through October 2012.