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Thursday, August 21

Friday, August 22

Member Preview: Variations: Conversations In and Around Abstract Painting

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

11:00am

Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting presents 29 artists whose work reflects the language and style of abstraction. While most of the work in the exhibition has been recently created and acquired, additional paintings culled from LACMA’s collection illustrate how artists have reanimated techniques and forms using other sources that are appropriated from popular culture, photography, and collage, essentially creating a new variation of abstract painting.

 

 

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Sunday, August 24

Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913–1915 (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

2:00pm

Tour Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913–1915, an exhibition featuring 25 seminal works by the influential American modernist painter created during his years in Berlin (1913–15). The paintings reveal the profound impact of World War I and elucidate the artist's appropriation of military symbols and Native American motifs. Hartley’s paintings from this period reflect dynamic shifts in style and subject matter, and evidence a critical moment in his body of work. The exhibition, organized by the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, in collaboration with LACMA, coincides with the centennial commemoration of World War I. The presentation in Los Angeles marks the first exhibition of Hartley's work in Southern California in over thirty years, and the first focused exhibition of Hartley’s Berlin paintings in the United States since they were created.

 

 

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Monday, August 25

European Art (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

3:00pm

Discover the breadth of LACMA’s collection of European art on this 50-minute tour. Focus on 17th-century Dutch painting, works by French and Italian Baroque artists, and French 19th-century paintings, including costumes and decorative arts that are installed with two-dimensional works. 

 

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Tuesday, August 26

America's Artistic Heritage (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

3:00pm

Explore America's rich artistic heritage on this 50-minute tour. Through portraits, landscapes, sculpture, and decorative arts, see how such periods as the American Revolution, Western expansion, and the Industrial Revolution helped shape an art and culture that is uniquely American. 

 

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America's Artistic Heritage (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

3:00pm

Explore America's rich artistic heritage on this 50-minute tour. Through portraits, landscapes, sculpture, and decorative arts, see how such periods as the American Revolution, Western expansion, and the Industrial Revolution helped shape an art and culture that is uniquely American. 

 

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America's Artistic Heritage (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

3:00pm

Explore America's rich artistic heritage on this 50-minute tour. Through portraits, landscapes, sculpture, and decorative arts, see how such periods as the American Revolution, Western expansion, and the Industrial Revolution helped shape an art and culture that is uniquely American. 

 

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Wednesday, August 27

Steve McQueen: Drumroll

Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

11:00am

(THROUGH SEPT. 21) Steve McQueen: Drumroll takes as its centerpiece the artist's 1998 video installation Drumroll, a 2004 partial and promised gift from Blake Byrne to MOCA's Permanent Collection. The exhibition also includes a selection of works from Barrage (1998), McQueen's series of fifty-six photographs of gutter "dams" found along the streets of Paris. The exhibition is organized by MOCA curator Bennett Simpson.

"Steve McQueen brought a language of the body and performance to the conversation about self-hood and subjectivity that was going on in the 1990s - a conversation that has not been finished, in part because of the innovative work he has continued to do. Drumroll is a portrait of an experience of the city, and its questions go to how and who we are," said MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson.

McQueen was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize for Drumroll in 1999, an acknowledgment of the artist's important work in video and performance in that decade. Drumroll is a three-channel video projection that forms a triptych image on one wall. To make the work, McQueen placed three video cameras inside of an oil drum, recording (through holes at either end and one in the center of the side) what the oil drum "experienced" while being rolled by the artist down 56th, 57th, and 58th Streets in midtown Manhattan. The three synchronized projected images and accompanying sounds are the record of this journey, a whirl of sky and pavement, parked cars, and occasional glimpses of the artist, complemented by the rhythmic "beat" of the drum rolling over the asphalt. Although it is non-narrative, Drumroll nonetheless echoes any disorienting passage through the city - and through life in general - a meditation on movement, obstacle, displacement and negotiation. "It's like since you've been born, you make a route, and everything is going by you, and along the way you grab what you can, make connections you can, and what you grab makes you," explained McQueen.

Since he completed his first film in 1993, Steve McQueen (b. 1969, London) has produced a remarkable body of projected films, video installations, and, more recently, feature-length films. Trained as a painter, McQueen studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design (1989-90), Goldsmiths College, London (1990-93), and at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (1993-94). In 2009 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and has received numerous other awards and grants for his work as an artist and filmmaker. McQueen's first feature film Hunger (2008) was awarded the Camera d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and in 2011 he received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival for Shame (2011). He has exhibited internationally with a major career retrospective organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Schaulager Basel in 2012-2013. In 2014, the film 12 Years a Slave, directed by McQueen, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Thursday, August 28

Japanese Art (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

2:00pm

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and art by exploring the outstanding collection of painting, netsuke, ceramics, and prints on this 50-minute tour that looks at the museum's collection of works dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. Taking place in the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the tour is enhanced by the unique viewing experience.

 

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