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Sunday, January 4

Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

10:00am

An aeronautical engineer by training, Josef Koudelka (Czech, naturalized French, born 1938) became intensely committed to photography by the mid-1960s and quickly emerged as one of the most influential, iconoclastic photographers of his generation. This exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988—traces his legendary career with more than 140 works produced over five decades. It marks the first time that the work of one contemporary photographer will fill the Center for Photographs at the Getty. 

 

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Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

10:30am

Drawn entirely from the premier collection of the New-York Historical Society, Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School features approximately 45 outstanding American landscape paintings from the 19th century. Among the artists represented in the exhibition are the heroes of the American landscape movement: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Albert Bierstadt, among others. Also included are lesser-known artists, some of whom helped the American landscape achieve recognition through the new democratic medium of prints and portfolios.

Arranged thematically by place, the exhibition is designed as a grand tour of the American landscape. The full range of the exhibition demonstrates that the movement extends beyond the Hudson River, with work by artists who reflect both realistic and romantic attitudes toward nature in scenes of New England, the American West, South America, and even the Arctic.

The exhibition culminates with Thomas Cole’s masterpiece, the five large-scale paintings that constitute The Course of Empire (1834–36), a visual feast and meditation about civilization and the potential challenges facing the young country. 

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The Boone Children's Gallery

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

11:00am

Come paint with us! Located next to the Korean and Chinese galleries, the Boone Children’s Gallery is a free creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to learn the art of East Asian brush painting. No prior art-making experience is necessary. Friendly and helpful staff introduce painting techniques, offer tips, and even provide high chairs for very young artists. Visitors sit at communal tables in this fun, family-friendly, and resourceful place to relax, create, and make new friends.

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Andell Family Sundays—Art of the Samurai

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

12:30pm

Samurai were revered and feared warriors of Japan. Check out magnificent swords and images of samurai in the installation of Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles. Then, in artist-led workshops, make your own samurai-inspired helmet and other projects.

While you're here, visit the Broad Contemporary Art Museum to see more than a thousand miniature cars zooming through Chris Burden's kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, in action every Sunday at the following times: 10:30–11:30 am; 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm.

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Colburn Chamber Orchestra with Conductor Maxim Eshkenazy

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:00pm

The Colburn Chamber Orchestra with conductor Maxim Eshkenazy perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings in D Major K.136 and Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, op. 4.

Sundays Live is privileged to host annual concerts by the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. The most advanced of the Colburn School’s ensembles, the 35-member orchestra is comprised of students age 13 and above. They debuted in 2004 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Sounds about Town series. The Coburn Chamber Orchestra plays a professional-level repertoire and regularly commissions and premieres works by internationally known composers, such as Thea Musgrave and Steven Stucky.

Conductor Maxim Eshkenazy was recently promoted to associate conductor of the Pacific Symphony, and also holds posts as music director of the Bakersfield Youth Orchestra and at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he leads both the Chamber and Youth Orchestras. He regularly guest conducts Bulgaria’s major orchestras, including the Sofia Philharmonic. Committed to the promotion of new music, Eshkenazy frequently programs and performs the music of contemporary composers.

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