Past Exhibitions

Expressionism in Germany and France

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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.

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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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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Art preparators install the exhibition Fútbol: the Beautiful Game, on view now through July 20, 2014.


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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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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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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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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Curator Rob Singer talks about the exhibition The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin, on view through August 14, 2011.


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


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


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


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


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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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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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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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