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Unframed: Articles from the LACMA Blog

Check out some of our favorite articles, features, interviews, and behind-the-scenes stories from our blog, Unframed.

Drinking Cup for Cacao, Guatemala or Mexico, Maya, 550–700, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum Acquisition Fund, image © Museum Associates/LACMA

Chocolate, Food of the Gods, in Maya Art

Learn more about the importance of this "food of the gods" in Maya art! LACMA's collection has many beautiful vessels that were made to store, drink, or celebrate cacao, portraying scenes from Maya mythology and royal life. 

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Books and Exhibition Catalogues from LACMA Publications

Catch up on your art-related reading by checking out LACMA’s  various online publications available for Kindle and in PDF format.

Image: Newsha Tavakolian, Untitled, from the series Listen, 2011

Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East

In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. Flip through the exhibition catalogue from the exhibition Islamic Art Now, LACMA’s first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.

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