Posts Tagged ‘LACMA’

#Hashtags: The Art of Conquest

Key Lime

#institutions #race #jeffreydeitch #elibroad #lacma #moca #manifestdestiny #americanexpansionism Los Angeles museums have recently demonstrated the old adage that “nothing endures but change.” Since 2006, Michael Govan has been in charge of transforming the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from a Victorian-style encyclopedic museum into a powerhouse for contemporary art. During his tenure, Govan has recruited top American curators, including Franklin Sirmans and Christine Y. Kim, from privately endowed museums to his massive[…..]

James Turrell: A Retrospective at LACMA

James Turrell.  Afrum (White), 1966; cross corner projection; Photo © 2013 Museum Associates/LACMA.

There’s no doubt that you’ll hear much about the work of James Turrell in the coming months. With three major exhibitions—at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), and the Guggenheim in New York—the art world seems primed to talk about nothing else. Given their geographical spread and the fact that all three exhibitions will be open[…..]

Seductresses at Family Dinners

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A column by Catherine Wagley Thanksgiving is not the time of year you realize you disagree with the people you love, but it often is the time you suddenly decide you want to pick the fights you’d usually avoid. My sister called yesterday from Washington, where she was with one branch of the family. She described a dinner[…..]

Ugly Painting Competition

Ken Price, "Hunchback of Venice" (2000), acrylic on fired clay, 14 ½ x 29 x 13 inches. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen. Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A column by Catherine Wagley When LACMA curator Stephanie Barron arrived in the galleries of the museum’s new Ken Price (1935-2012) retrospective yesterday morning, she saw three women bent over trying to get a look underneath Price’s sculpture The Hunchback of Venice. The sculpture is one of the first you see when you enter the show. “Apparently, they[…..]

Levitated Mass: ‘Huh? Wow!’ or ‘Wow! Huh?’

Installation view of Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass." Photo © Will Brown Hernández, 2012.

This past Sunday, under the beating hot Los Angeles sun, LACMA finally held its inauguration ceremony for “Levitated Mass,” the 340-ton piece of California granite which traveled for 11 days at 8 miles an hour through Southern California, eventually to be placed across a 456-foot long trench in the northwest quadrant of LACMA’s campus. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was there (his speech was mediocre). County supervisor[…..]

The Road To: An Interview with Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans. Photo by Jaimie Milner.

Issues of under-financing, administrative inadequacy and lack of community support are some of the problems that can be found currently in multiple organizations in New Orleans. Prospect New Orleans, a nascent biennial founded in 2008 has had its share of these issues. However, new leadership and the selection of an artistic director whose passion and interests jive with many of the cultural and social issues[…..]

Situation Rooms

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley York Chang always wanted to be a Latin American artist. The complication with this was that he wasn’t: wasn’t from Latin America, hadn’t grown up there, didn’t have family from there. As he described Wednesday, at Paper Chaser’s X-Ten Biennial, an evening over which arts professionals talked for ten minutes each about[…..]