Past Exhibitions

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015

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This video follows Clarissa Esguerra, Assistant Curator, and  Melinda Kerstein, Mount Maker in the Department of Costume & Textiles, while they get a mannequin dressed and ready for the exhibition Reigning Men. The ensemble shown here features a a silk embroidered coat that was made around 1800 in France. 

Curator Franklin Sirmans provides an overview of Human Nature: Contemporary art from the Collection, on view at LACMA through July 4, 2011 [0:5:37].


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Curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography and the Prints and Drawings Department Britt Salvesen talks about the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium on view at LACMA through July 31, 2016. 


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To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali'i, representatives of the Tongva/Gabrieleno, an indigenous group from the Los Angeles area, welcomed the brilliantly covered garments, headdresses and lei to their land. Dancers from the renwoned Hula Halau ‘O Lilinoe, Na Pua Me Kealoha, performed a Kahiko (ancient hula). 


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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.


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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.



Producer: Ian Forster & Eve Moros Ortega. Director: David Howe. Camera: Marc Levy. Sound: Neal Doxsee. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: James Turrell, Clifford Einstein & Mandy Einstein. | art21.org | © 2013 Art21, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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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. 


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An interview with curator Stephanie Barron on the occasion of the exhibition Art of Two Germanies, on view at LACMA January 25, 2009–April 19, 2009.


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Curator Victoria Lyall talks about the legacy of Quetzalcoatl, the extraordinary works of art in the exhibition, and particularly the rare codices on view. View Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico.


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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.


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This video gives insights from Los Angeles-based artists on abstraction and related ideas that guide them in their own art making practice. Works of these artists, among others, were shown in the exhibition Variations: Conversations In and Around Abstract Painting.

Featured artists: Mark Grotjahn, Anthony Pearson, Analia Saban, and Lisa Williamson.


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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.


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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo botany professor Matt Ritter talks about what he sees in the work of Robert Adams.


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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.


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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.


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Curator Franklin Sirmans talks about the 2010 exhibition Steve Wolfe On Paper.


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Author Susan Straight reads an original essay and reflects on Adams's work on the occasion of the exhibition Robert Adams: The Place We Live, a Retrospective Selection of Photographs, on view at LACMA through June 3, 2012.

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.


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Professor and poet John Solt talks about Kitasono Katue's life and work in conjunction with the exhibition Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet, on view through December 1, 2013.


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Fellow artists and former students describe what it was like to learn from photographer Larry Sultan and his work.

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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.


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Actor and collector Julian Sands talks about this elaborate silver epergne by Thomas Pitts, on view with other highlights of the Gilbert Collection in the Ahmanson building.


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View a clip from the piece Hassan Hajjaj, My Rock Stars Experimental Volume 1, 2012, on view in the Ahmanson Building.

Purchased with funds provided by Art of the Middle East: CONTEMPORARY.


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Artist Ed Moses talks about influences and thoughts that guided him and the processes he used to create drawings in the 1960s and 70s.

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Snapshots from the outdoor sculpture park in the desert, Noah Purifoy's last residence. Some of the sculptures are now on view at LACMA.

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Curator Sharon Takeda talks about an installation of Kuba textiles on view at LACMA through April 10, 2011.


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Curator Britt Salvesen talks about working with Katie Grannan and Charlie White on the exhibition The Sun and Other Stars, on view at LACMA through October 14, 2012.


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This clip sequence features the cinematography of Gabriel Figueroa. Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film is on view through February 2, 2014.

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In this video, Frank Gehry talks about his path of becoming one of the most iconic architects and discusses sources for his inspiration.


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Behind the scenes during the painting of the murals that accompanied Olmec: Colossal Masterworks from Ancient Mexico on view at LACMA October 2, 2010--January 9, 2011.


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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.


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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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In this video, curator Julia Burtenshaw describes how she brought together historical documents written by Spaniards and the ceramics from LACMA's collection to create the exhibition Ancient Colombia: A Journey Though the Cauca Valley.


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The Vogue editor talks about Fashioning Fashion, at LACMA October 2, 2010--March 27, 2011.


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LACMA film curator Elvis Mitchell talks about the exhibition Stanley Kubrick in the context of the museum's commitment to art and film.


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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.


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Curators Stephanie Barron and Nana Bahlmann give a walkthrough of the exhibition New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919–1933 on view at LACMA from October 4, 2015–January 18, 2016.


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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).


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Artist Sandow Birk discusses Caravaggio's influence on his work.


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Artist Agnès Varda discusses her work in the exhibition, Agnès Varda in Californialand on view through June 22, 2014.


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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.


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J. Patrice Marandel, co-curator of the exhibition, talks about the collection and the 2010 presentation at LACMA.


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Associate Curator José Luis Blondet discusses the reinstallation of the American Art galleries.


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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. 


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A conversation with Linda S. Ferber, senior art historian and museum director emerita at the New-York Historical Society, in context of the exhibition Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School.


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The director and subject of the exhibition Tim Burton talks about early influences. Excerpted from the full video interview © 2009 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Filmed by The People's DP Inc, Ed Roy, Carlos Germosen, Keenya Scott, Paul Reed.


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Curator Franklin Sirmans and critic Thomas Lawson talk about art in the 1980s and the history behind the exhibition, Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation.


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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.


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Curator Stephen Little talks about the exhibition Ming Masterpieces: Treasures from the Shanghai Museum, on view through June 2, 2013.


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This video, narrated by CCH Pounder, explores the themes of the exhibition, including the connection between earth and sky in the art and culture of many African peoples.


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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.


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Curatorial Assistant Frauke Josenhans discusses the installation Between Art and Politics: Hans Richter's Germany.


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LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan talks about the Cotsen collection of textiles in relation to the museum's encyclopedic collection of art spanning more than 2,000 years.


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Curator J. Patrice Marandel talks about the exhibition The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures From the Court of Burgundy, at LACMA May 8, 2011 through July 31, 2011.


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Artist Stephen Prina talks about the exhibition Stephen Prina: As He Remembered It.

Music: With Stars for Eyes by h+


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Artists Monique Prieto and Billy Al Benston talks about John Altoon's life and legacy, and his impact on the work of fellow artists.


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Nancy Kienholz talks about Five Car Stud, which she spent several years restoring prior to the exhibition at LACMA.


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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.


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Curators Timothy Benson and Frauke Josenhans talk about the exhibition, their research, and the impact of avant garde art being shown in France and Germany in the early 20th century.


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Curator Franklin Sirmans talks about Color and Form, on view at LACMA August 9, 2010–June 5, 2011.


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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.


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David Davidson's latest film: Hans Richter: Everything Turns—Everything Revolves makes its debut to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Hans Richter: Encounters.


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This video documents the preparation and installation of Samurai armor for the exhibition Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.


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