Artist Interviews

Robin Rhode

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The artist talks about his work on the occasion of Contemporary Projects 12: Robin Rhode, March 11, 2010--June 6, 2010.

L.A.-based producer, writer, and activist Dan Guerrero and artist Carlos Almaraz were lifelong friends, from their initial fifth grade schoolyard meeting to the very day Almaraz died of AIDS in 1989. They grew up a block apart on the same East L.A. street, sharing big dreams and a passion for adventure. Almaraz always wanted to be an artist and Guerrero was drawn to the entertainment world early. The two set off for New York City in 1962 to follow their dreams, with Almaraz staying a few months during a break from art school and Guerrero remaining for a successful twenty-year career in musical theatre. Geography did not diminish their brotherly friendship, and upon Guerrero’s return to L.A. in the early 1980s, it matured and deepened.

Guerrero wrote the autobiographical ¡Gaytino! to celebrate both this special friendship as well as his equally profound relationship with his father, renowned singer and composer Lalo Guerrero, recognized as the Father of Chicano Music and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton.

Dan Guerrero has performed his solo show at venues across the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The ¡Gaytino! excerpts featured here focus on Guerrero’s friendship with Almaraz. The full performance can be viewed at www.gaytino.com.


¡Gaytino! videography by Daniel Buckley, editing by Richard Read


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Daniel J. Martinez discusses his sculpture for the west bank is missing: i am not dead, am I, which was on view in the exhibition Home–So Different, So Appealing.


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Leyla Cardenas discusses her artwork Excision, which was on view in the exhibition Home–So Different, So Appealing.


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Daniel J. Martinez talks about his piece The House America Built, which was on view in the exhibition Home–So Different, So Appealing.


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Carmen Argote talks about her work Large Bedroom [720 Sq. Ft.: Household Mutations], which was on view in the exhibition Home–So Different, So Appealing.


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John Carlos de Luna of Barrio Dandy Aesthetics specializes in the history of Mexican American Pachucos and Pachucas in Los Angeles, and in the intricacies of zoot suit style—the unofficial uniform of this subculture. De Luna has devoted years to collecting their stories as well as artifacts and images of this culture, some of which he shares in this film. Along with Dr. Nicholas Centino, de Luna lent the zoot suit ensemble on view in Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985. 


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John Baldessari talks about his exhibition design for Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images, on view at LACMA November 19, 2006--March 4, 2007.


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On the occasion of her exhibition Figure and Landscape, Opie talks about the series. [48:34]


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Artist Aime Mpane talks about his installation Congo: Shadow of the Shadow (2005), on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art. The piece uses the play of light and shadow, substance and ethereality to comment on the re-shaping of power during the colonial period in Congo. The piece is included in the exhibition Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa, on view through May 4, 2014.


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The life and art of the Harlem Renaissance painter. [23:40]


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Share your story, participate in filmmaking workshops, and see movies as LACMA brings the Art+Film Lab to communities across Los Angeles. The Art+Film Lab is an interactive art space that comes alive through community involvement.

See the LACMA9 Art+Film Lab in action and learn more about the programs from past participants.

Supported by a grant from the The James Irvine Foundation.
Music: "Lights On" by Jesson Duller
Additional footage provided by Agustín Jiménez
Chris Burden, Urban Light, 2008, the Gordon Family Foundation’s gift to Transformation: The LACMA Campaign, © Chris Burden


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Artist Ruben Ochoan talks about his project Remnants of a Freeway Wall Extraction on the occasion of the exhibition Phantom Sightings at LACMA, April 6, 2008--September 1, 2008.


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Interview with Larry Sultan, December 16, 2003
By Drew Johnson, Curator of Photography and Visual Culture, Oakland Museum of California
42:06 min. (excerpts)
Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oakland Museum’s Women’s Board for The Oakland Museum of California


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The artist in conversation with curator Leslie Jones on the occasion of the opening of the retrospective John Baldessari: Pure Beauty. 


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Artist Ed Moses discusses the art he created in the 1960s and 70s.

The exhibition Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s is on view through August 2, 2015. 


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Photographer Firooz Zahedi talks about his images of Elizabeth Taylor taken during a 1976 trip to Iran, featured in the exhibition Elizabeth Taylor in Iran on view at LACMA February 26, 2011--June 12, 2011. [5:01]


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The artist in conversation with curator Howard Fox. [8:42]


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The artist talks about his painting Saint Barts Ralph's 70th on the occasion of a visit to LACMA.


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Courtesy of Alison Klayman and AW Asia.


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Deborah Sussman, whose work is included in the exhibition, California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” talks about her early history with Charles and Ray Eames and her long career as an influential designer. For more videos like this one, download the free California Design App.


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Ceramist Harrison McIntosh, whose work is included in the exhibition California Design 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way", at his home studio in Claremont, California McIntosh talks about sharing a studio with Rupert Deese, his life and work. For more videos like this one, watch for the free California Design iPad app.


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Ligon talks about his work, including his response to Mapplethorpe via Notes on the Margin of the Black Book, the coal dust paintings, AMERICA, and the Coloring series.


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Artist Ellsworth Kelly talks with curator Stephanie Barron about the exhibition at LACMA Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings, on view through April 22, 2012.

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Artist Sharon Lockhart talks about her work in the context of the exhibition Sharon Lockhart I Noa Eshkol, which was on view at LACMA from June 4, 2012–September 9, 2012.


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Artist Vija Celmins talks about her work during the mid-1960s, the subject of the exhibition at LACMA. [0:5:25]


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Curator Franklin Sirmans visits artist Chris Beas in his studio in East Los Angeles (Cypress Park) to talk about fútbol myths and Manchester red. Fútbol: The Beautiful Game is open through July 20, 2014.


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