Posts Tagged ‘LACMA’

Spotlight: Momus

Larry Rivers, Maquette for Larry Rivers Exhibition at Dwan Gallery, 1961. Colection of Virginia Dwan, © Estate of Larry Rivers. Photo: Tricia Zigmund.

This summer, Daily Serving is shining a light on some arts publications that we regularly read and love. Wrapping up our week with Momus, today we bring you the final selection from Senior Editor Casey Beal: “LA contributing editor Catherine G. Wagley delivers a careful reflection on the factors that cause a legacy to be selectively appropriated. Through a compelling reexamination of LA gallerist Virginia Dwan’s history[…..]

Best of 2010 – L.A. Expanded: Sunday Boys

Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Screen Tests Reel #4, 1964-65.

We’re looking back over a decade of Daily Serving’s greatest hits, and today’s selection comes from Shotgun Reviews editor Emily Holmes: “The column L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast was started in 2010 by Catherine Wagley, who wrote about the multifaceted Los Angeles scene from an approachable, personal voice. One of her finest pieces in that first year explored masculinity and the politics of gendered[…..]

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at the Getty and LACMA

Robert Mapplethorpe. 
Joe, N.Y.C., 1978 (from The X Portfolio);
selenium toned gelatin silver print mounted on black board; image: 7 11/16 × 7 11/16 in. Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation, 2011.9.41.6 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Robert Mapplethorpe is forever associated with scandals that erupted at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, as well as the crippling drawdown of federal funding that rendered the National Endowment for the Arts a casualty of the late-1980s culture wars. More recently, Mapplethorpe, or the foundation that bears his name, made headlines with two significant acquisitions made by the J.[…..]

New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919–33, at LACMA

August Sander. Painter’s Wife [Helene Abelen], 1926; gelatin silver print; 10 3/16 x 7 3/8 in. Courtesy of LACMA.

Following World War I and the humiliating terms of the Treaty of Versailles, the Weimar Constitution was ratified, establishing Germany’s first democracy. It ushered in a thriving cultural climate: Expressionism came to an end, the Dadaists engaged in anti-art activities, the Bauhaus school was established, and in particular, Neue Sachlichkeit, or “New Objectivity,” emerged. The movement was an alternative realism, endemic to post–WWI Germany, and[…..]

#Hashtags: Dominion

Diana Thater. Life is a Time-Based Medium, 2015. Three video projectors, three lenses, player and Watchout system; dimensions variable. Installation view at Hauser & Wirth, London, 2015. ©Diana Thater; photo by Alex Delfanne, courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

#museums #empathy #posthuman #Anthropocene #environment Recent headlines demonstrate that human beings are consistently terrible to one another, and it can be tempting to reject the human altogether. Drained by a year of public and private deaths, numb with exhaustion after having a child and returning to work, I entered Diana Thater’s mid-career retrospective at LACMA and found that those worldly concerns quickly fell away. Thater’s[…..]

Random International: Rain Room at LACMA

(left) Random International. Rain Room, 2015; installation view, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA. Courtesy of the artist and LACMA. (right) Le Corbusier. Ville Radieuse (Radiant City), 1925. Courtesy of Foundation Le Corbusier.

It’s not too often that whatever MoMA-inspired freak-outs occurring in New York reverberate out to the West Coast. Recently, New Yorkers and Californians alike displayed the kind of commotion around procuring Kraftwerk tickets that a child normally reserves for their first trip to Disneyland. Rain Room and its hype, which had its moment at MoMA, has now also found its way to the West Coast,[…..]

Summer Reading – Closed Circuits: A Look Back at LACMA’s First Art and Technology Initiative

"A Report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971."

From our friends at East of Borneo, today we continue our Summer Reading series with an essay on LACMA’s Art and Technology initiative. Author Catherine Wagley notes: ’[…] the nostalgia for Art and Technology has much to do with the way the report suggests a moment when institutions were less careful about protecting their sponsors, when conflicts of interest could be openly discussed, and when a curator[…..]