The Aztec cache known as Offering 7, one of many treasures included in the exhibition Contested Visions, is one of some 130 offerings that were discovered within the Aztec’s Templo Mayor. Its contents--largely aquatic material such as seashells, freshwater fish, coral, and reptiles--evoke the layers of the cosmos, from the watery underworld to the surface of the earth. Here, the Museo del Templo Mayor’s archeaologist Fernando Carrizosa Montfort explains the complex meanings of this remarkable piece during the installation at LACMA.
Filmed in early 2013, this film from Art21's Exclusive series shows James Turrell revisiting his installation Second Meeting (1989) at the home of private collectors. James Turrell's explorations in light and space impact the eye, body, and mind with the force of a spiritual awakening. Informed by his studies in perceptual psychology and optical illusions, Turrell's work allows us to see ourselves seeing.
Richard J. Powell, Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University and curator of this exhibition, describes and contextualizes Archibald Motley's distinct voice in portraying Chicago's burgeoning African-American culture around the 1930s.
Curator Robert Singer discusses the recent gift by Max Palevsky of the complete set of Hokusai’s legendary series A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces on view through July 28, 2013 in the exhibition Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA.
An excerpt from the film David Smith: Sculpting Master of Bolton Landing. Permission courtesy of the David Smith estate and Maureen Granville-Smith, executor of the Estate of Frank O'Hara. Presented in conjunction with David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy on view at LACMA through July 24, 2011.
Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, Consulting Curator, African Art and Professor, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, talks about Shaping Power, on view at LACMA through May 4, 2014. The exhibition features Luba masterworks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on loan from the Royal Museum for Central Africa and rarely seen outside of Belgium.
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.
Straight is a lifelong Riverside resident and an award-winning author of seven novels. The Southern California landscape, which Straight has called "the language I knew from birth," figures prominently in her work. Her latest novel, Take One Candle Light a Room, was named one of the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
Curator Lynne Cooke in conversation with artists Mathias Poledna and Rhea Anastas about the influence of Blinky Palermo, subject of a retrospective exhibition at LACMA October 31, 2010--January 16, 2011.
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.
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.
Through June 7th, 2014, LACMA presents an exhibition of work by Kaz Oshiro at the museum's satellite gallery within Charles White Elementary School. The exhibition Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts, juxtaposes objects Oshiro selected from the museum's collection, new work based on his interactions at the school, and student art.
Charles White Elementary School opened in 2004 on the former campus of Otis College of Art and Design. The school is named for local artist Charles White (1918–1979), who taught at Otis for many years. LACMA has been programming exhibitions at the school since 2007. Public Hours: Open from 12 pm–4:30 pm February 8, March 8, April 6, April 12, May 10, June 7, 2014. Enter the gallery at the corner of Park View and Wilshire Boulevard.
This candid interview with photographer William Eggleston was conducted by film director Michael Almereyda on the occasion of the opening of William Eggleston: Democratic Camera Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Michael Almereyda is director of the film William Eggleston in the Real World (2005).
The inclusion of drawing-based projects by contemporary artists Alexandra Grant, Mark Licari, and Stas Orlovski, conceived specifically for the exhibition Drawing Surrealism, aims to elucidate the diverse and enduring vestiges of surrealist drawing.
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.
LACMA curator and department head of Chinese Art talks about the exhibition Chinese Paintings in Japanese Collections, on view through July 6th, 2014, and about the enduring influence of Chinese art in Japan.
While preparing for the exhibition Tim Burton, we had the opportunity to join colleagues from the Museum of Modern Art for an interview with Doris Adams, Burton’s high school art teacher. She can still recall exactly where he sat in her classroom. Ms. Adams says that the young Mr. Burton stood out for his talent and imagination–and that he was a quiet, thoughtful student.
Through July 19th, 2013, LACMA presents Shinique Smith: Firsthand at the Charles White Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles. In this installation, Smith reflects on her gritty Baltimore upbringing and early exposure to the sophisticated world of fashion design. Smith visited LACMA and worked directly with students to uncover sources of inspiration in their own lives. The exhibition juxtaposes objects Smith selected from the museum's Costume and Textiles collection, new work based on her experience within the school and community, and student art.
In conjunction with the Asco exhibition, LACMA commissioned Willie Herrón to create a mural, Asco: East of No West, based on Harry Gamboa Jr.’s photograph of the 1972 Asco performance Walking Mural. Walking Mural was a street performance in which the artists created elaborate costumes and paraded silently along Whittier Boulevard. The new mural recalls and reinterprets that performance. It is part of a series of mural by Herrón in the alley at City Terrace Drive, behind Alvarez Bakery near Cal State LA.