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"Serpent River Book" by Carolina Caycedo (A Universal History of Infamy)

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Artist, Carolina Caycedo, gives a walkthrough of her artist book Serpent River Book. She demonstrates how the book is folded into this serpent-shaped object, explains the meaning behind the visuals she chose, and shows the map that inspired this project. This artwork is on view in the exhibition A Universal History of Infamy. 

Michelle Rich was leading an archaeological excavation of monumental funerary pyramids iat El Perú-Waka’, Petén, Guatemala, when they discovered a ruler's tomb (Burial 39) that contained the remains of a ceremonial figurine scene. This rare find, the meticulous documentation by the archaeologists, and the rigorous conservation of these figurines, provide an important frame of reference for interpreting individual figurines in LACMA's collection. This figurine scene from burial 39 and a selection of art works from LACMA's collection are on display in the exhibition Ancient Bodies: Archaeological Perspectives on Mesoamerican Figurines.

In this video, Diana Magaloni, Director of the Program for Ancient Americas at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Michelle Rich, Post-Doctoral Mellon Fellow in the Art of the Ancient Americas Department, talk about the excavation, explain what the figurine scene portrays, and discuss what we can learn from this find.


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Polly Apfelbaum's piece Black Flag uses hundreds of pieces of hand-dyed velvet that she arranges in this site-specific installation. In this video, the artist shares her thoughts on this work she originally created in 2002. The work is on view as part of the exhibition An Irruption of the Rainbow: Color in 20th-Century Art


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