Centrally located between the beach and downtown Los Angeles, LACMA features artwork covering the expanse of art history and the globe.
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Another #2017CollectorsCommittee acquisition: “Kyoto River” by Yamaato Kakurei of the Maruyama School of Painting depicts the tumultuous river Hozugawa with its boulders and swirling vortexes across all 36 feet of two screens. The river is located in the far northwest of Kyoto, in the area known as Arashiyama (Stormy Mountain), one of the legendary scenic sites of Kyoto. #lacma#YamaatoKakurei
This week, we continue to introduce the nine newly acquired objects through this past weekend's 31st annual Collectors Committee.
"La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France, (Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of Little Jehanne of France)", 1913, stands as one of the purest expressions of European modernism—as art, poetry, book making, and as a collaboration between Sonia Delaunay and poet Blaise Cendrars. The book is made up of a single sheet of paper, divided down the center, and folded like an accordion through twenty-two panels to the length of almost seven feet. It is meant to be seen and read at the same time, like a conductor reads an orchestral score, and is celebrated as much for its lyric beauty as for its unmatched composition of colors by Delaunay. #lacma#SoniaDelaunay#BlaiseCendrars#modernart#2017CollectorsCommittee
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This past weekend, LACMA acquired nine new artworks during the 31st annual Collectors Committee Weekend. “Temple of Nettuno, Paestum, XVIII: October 18, 2015” was created via camera obscura by artist Vera Lutter. Currently, Lutter is in the midst of a highly ambitious residency at LACMA, photographing both interior and exterior views of the buildings on the LACMA campus that are slated for demolition. #lacma#VeraLutter#2017CollectorsCommittee [Vera Lutter, “Temple of Nettuno, Paestum, XVIII: October 18, 2015,” 2015, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Kelvin Davis through the 2017 Collectors Committee, Vera Lutter]
Now in its final days, "Apostles of Nature: Jugendstil and Art Nouveau" explores the popular late 19th and early 20th century style known as Art Nouveau in France and Jugendstil in Germany. Through a diversity of approaches and materials, Art Nouveau artists across Europe desired to make beautiful things, and to make life more beautiful in turn. The show brings together prints, posters, books, decorative arts, and textiles to illustrate the movement’s efforts to bring aesthetic ideals to bear on everyday modern life. #lacma#artnouveau#Behrens#kiss
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Looking for a great concert this weekend? Come enjoy art, live music, and warm weather as we kick off 2017’s season of Jazz at LACMA with a performance by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band starting at 6pm tonight at #UrbanLight! #GordonGoodwin#BigPhatBand#JazzatLACMA#lacma [Photo Museum Associates/ LACMA, by Brant Brogan Photography]
"When I stand in front of a canvas, I never know what I’m going to do–and nobody is more surprised than I at what comes out."—Joan Miró (1893–1983). Today, we celebrate the singular inventiveness of the Spanish painter and sculptor. Visit his "Animated Forms" (1935), on view in the Ahmanson Building. #lacma#JoanMiro#bornonthisday [Joan Miró, "Animated Forms", 1935, David E. Bright Bequest]
Opening today, "Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause" marks the first solo presentation by the artist in the U.S. The exhibition features 11 remarkable works of sculpture, prints, film, and stamp paintings, including this large-scale work called "Camouflage" (2017), on view in the lobby of LACMA's Ahmanson Building. #lacma#AbdulnasserGharem#middleeastart [Abdulnasser Gharem, "Camouflage", 2017, Gharem Studio, photo courtesy of Gharem Studio]
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This diminutive ceramic sculpture is only three inches tall, but more than 1,500 years old! Come discover this and other treasures from LACMA’s collection of Art of the Ancient Americas in colorful galleries designed by contemporary artist Jorge Pardo. Now on view in the Art of the Americas Building, level 4. #lacma#ancientart
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Revolutionary sculptor Alexander Calder holds a significant place in LACMA’s history, from his “Three Quintains (Hello Girls),” which the museum commissioned for its opening in 1965, to his first Los Angeles museum exhibition in 2013, “Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic,” designed by architect Frank Gehry. #tbt#lacma#AlexanderCalder#Calder#CalderFoundation#FrankGehry#regram via @calderfoundation
(Image: Installation view, “Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic,” 24 November 2013–27 July 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen. Laocoön, 1947; 3 Segments, 1973; La Grande vitesse (1:5 intermediate maquette), 1969 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)
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LACMA’s American art galleries are in full bloom in case you didn’t make it out to the poppy fields. This oil painting on canvas by Granville Redmond can be seen on level 3 of the Art of the Americas Building. #GranvilleRedmond#lacma#superbloom [Granville Redmond, “California Poppy Field” (detail), circa 1926, Gift of Raymond Griffith, photo Museum Associates/LACMA]
Today we celebrate legendary artist Chris Burden (1946–2015). Born on this day, Burden created LACMA’s iconic sculpture "Urban Light" in 2008. Gathered into a whole, the artist described the streetlamps as, “a statement about what constitutes a civilized and sophisticated society: safe after dark and beautiful to behold.” #lacma #UrbanLight#ChrisBurden#bornonthisday
Happy Golfer’s Day! Long acknowledged in Southern California as one of the most important artists of the postwar period, John McLaughlin (1898-1976) created a focused body of geometric paintings that are entirely devoid of any connection to everyday experience, inspired by the Japanese notion of the void. "John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction" consists of 52 paintings and a selection of collages and drawings that establish McLaughlin as one of the foremost innovators of total abstraction. Swipe through to check out views of the ongoing exhibition, now in its final week (closing April 16). #lacma#JohnMcLaughlin#McLaughlinPainting#golfersday #
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Looking for a new pair of springtime sunnies? Check out the limited-edition Oliver Peoples sunglasses created exclusively for Wear LACMA, featuring a LACMA “breath logo.” Available in-store at LACMA or online at theLACMAstore.org. #lacma#UrbanLight#OliverPeoples#sunglasses # #regram via @thelacmastore
-- #WearLACMA is an art and fashion collaboration between the museum and L.A.’s top designers that celebrates the museum’s permanent collection. Oliver Peoples’s LACMA "Breath Logo" Sunglasses were inspired by Chris Burden’s “Urban Light.”
In 2016, ScanLAB Projects traveled to the Yosemite Valley and used terrestrial 3D scanners to replicate the early photographic expeditions of Eadweard Muybridge and Ansel Adams. The technology is a form of active imaging that captures dense, 3D data about object surfaces that included the valley’s vast setting, rugged landscape, and water. More than 150 groundbreaking scans were captured.
For the journey, @scanlab_projects retrofitted their vehicle, a Santa Fe SE SUV donated by LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab sponsor @HyundaiUSA, into a traveling studio where the artists could process and review their data. The vehicle has been converted again into a traveling digital diorama and is now parked on LACMA’s Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza (through April 18), inviting visitors to peer into a ghostly 3D landscape of the Yosemite Valley. #lacma#hyundai#ArtPlusTech#Yosemite
Today is the last day to check out "L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists ." Swipe through to see the exhibition captured through instagrams of a few of the featured artists.
Mario Ybarra Jr. (@mario_ybarra_jr) with his own "Mr. Hyde...": This is the last weekend to see L.A. Exuberance at @lacma thanks again to everyone at the museum for all of their support!"
Alexandra Grant (@grantalexandra)'s "I was born to love not to hate (5) ": "Thank you Rita Gonzalez, Michael Govan, and everyone @lacma for the beautiful exhibition #LAExuberance! This is the last weekend to see it..."
Ken Gonzales-Day (@kengonzalesday): "Hanging with Mario The Unstoppable at LA Exuberance last night!..."
Two new exhibitions—“Storytelling in Bali: Paintings from the Bateson-Mead Collection” and “Monsoon: Indian Paintings of the Rainy Season”—open this Saturday, April 1, in the Ahmanson Building’s South and Southeast Asian galleries. Many of the stories in “Storytelling in Bali” are drawn from epic narratives of Hindu and Buddhist mythology that were transmitted from India in the early Common Era, and subsequently translated into local legends. “Monsoon” explores India’s rainy season and how the rains have long been celebrated in various mythologies, rituals, communal observances, and poetic expressions. Check out both shows this weekend at LACMA! #lacma#indianart#balineseart
“Photography has become almost a second language, integrated as the written and spoken word into almost every aspect of social production.”—Sarah Charlesworth, born on this day in 1947. We are excited to announce the first Los Angeles retrospective of this artist's work, coming to LACMA on August 20. More info at lacma.org. #lacma#SarahCharlesworth#photography [Sarah Charlesworth, Half Bowl, 2012, courtesy the Estate of Sarah Charlesworth and Maccarone Gallery, New York, 2017 Estate of Sarah Charlesworth]
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“We have been overwhelmed by the spirit of giving from our artist friends. Their artworks—outstanding gifts that have been made in honor of our anniversary—are a testament to their generosity and support of LACMA and we are immensely grateful to all the artists who have contributed works to the collection and continue to energize the museum’s growth.”—Michael Govan, LACMA’s CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. Visit the exhibition “L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists,” now in its final week (closing April 2), featuring a selection of works given to the museum for its 50th anniversary. #lacma#LAExuberance#MarkHagen#LACMAPlusYou#regram via @yuma_bella [Mark Hagen, Ramada JOAN, 2015, Gift of John Baldessari]
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On view in the modern art galleries, “Actual Size” (1962) by Ed Ruscha presents an image of a life-sized can of Spam soaring like a comet, a reference to the space race between the U.S. and Russia. [Ed Ruscha, Actual Size, 1962, Anonymous gift through the Contemporary Art Council, Edward Ruscha] #lacma#EdRuscha#modernart
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It’s the last weekend to see "Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach," which brings to Los Angeles some of the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, arms and armors, and decorative arts. Many works are being shown outside of Germany for the first time. Don’t miss your chance to see the exhibition, on view through March 27! #lacma#RenaissanceandReformation#Renaissance#Durer#Cranach
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“Brown Puppy” by artist Meg Cranston was given to LACMA on the occasion of the museum’s 50th anniversary by artist John Baldessari and can be seen in the ongoing exhibition "L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists" through April 2. #lacma #NationalPuppyDay#MegCranston#5womenartists#LAExuberance [Meg Cranston, "Brown Puppy" (detail), 2014, Gift of John Baldessari, Meg Cranston]
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LACMA wishes a happy 88th birthday to Yayoi Kusama. The artist described her ‘Infinity Net’ paintings (like this one) as being “without beginning, end, or center. The entire canvas would be covered by monochromatic nets. This endless repetition caused a kind of dizzy, empty, hypnotic feeling.” Come lose yourself in the infinite at LACMA, Ahmanson Building, Level 2. “No. C.A.9,” 1960. #lacma#YayoiKusama#InfiniteKusama#hbd#LACMAPlusYou#regram via @elisyulina : @hardshell_takos
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The “Room of the Present” is an immersive installation featuring photographic reproductions, films, slides, posters, and examples of architecture, theater, and industrial design, including an exhibition copy of László Moholy-Nagy’s kinetic “Light Prop for an Electric Stage” (1930)—a unique, motor-driven light-display apparatus (shown here). A hybrid between exhibition space and work of art, the “Room” was originally conceived around 1930 but realized only in 2009, based on the few existing plans, drawings, and related correspondence the artist left behind. Visit the “Room” as part of the ongoing exhibition, “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present” (on view through June 18). #lacma#MoholyNagy#modernart#regram via @lorene.anderson
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Opening today, “Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971” examines the storied history of Dwan Gallery, one of the most important galleries of the postwar period in the U.S. The exhibition, comprising a selection of works presented at Dwan Gallery between 1959 and 1971, features more than 120 objects, by 52 artists, and represents all media, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, films/videos, conceptual art pieces, and representations of earthworks. #lacma#DwanGallery#ClaesOldenburg [Claes Oldenburg with "Floor Cone" (1962) in front of Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, 1963, Claes Oldenburg, photo courtesy Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio]
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Mark your calendars for the next installment of Film Independent at LACMA’s Bring the Noise series, which invites top musicians to create and perform a new and original live score to a movie of their choice. April 1 brings together Jack Antonoff of the pop-scenesters Bleachers and the bittersweet 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club”—which also happens to be the very first film chosen for the beloved Film Independent at LACMA Live Read series. Visit us at lacma.org for more info on ticketing! #lacma#filmindependent#thebreakfastclub
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One hundred and five miles; twenty-two cities; four counties; one monumental sculpture. Over eleven nights in early 2012, this 340-ton granite megalith made the slow and steady journey from a Riverside County quarry to LACMA’s campus, where it sits atop a 456-foot-long concrete slot, together forming Michael Heizer’s "Levitated Mass." The sculpture offers visitors a series of visual oppositions: weight and lightness, mass and emptiness, up and down, natural and man-made. In the words of LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan, it “makes the impossible possible.” #lacma#MichaelHeizer#LevitatedMass#LACMAPlusYou#regram via @kidfuture_
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LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian Art collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. “A Princess Visiting a Forest Shrine at Night,” attributed to Indian artist Mir Kalan Khan, circa 1760, incorporates drawing and opaque water colors on gold paper to create this detailed scene. #lacma#indianart
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