In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.
As the first of a two-part installation, this exhibition features approximately 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others.
James Conlon is Music Director of Los Angeles Opera, Ravinia Festival (summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Cincinnati May Festival. He has conducted more than 260 performances at the Metropolitan Opera since his first appearance there in 1976, and has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra. For his work championing the lesser-known works of composers silenced by the Nazi regime, he received the Crystal Globe Award from the Anti-Defamation League.
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Dan Croll is a solo artist making earworm-laden pop music with an ambitiously genre-hopping set of influences. He balances bountiful hooks with the kind of densely rewarding production that you’d expect from someone who spends half the year tweaking and testing in their home studio. Dan was born in 1990 to a marketing consultant dad and nurse mum in Trentham, a suburb of Stoke-On-Trent in England, home of Robbie Williams and Slash. Being caught on the wrong end of a nasty challenge at 17 cut short a career at rugby’s highest level, leaving him with his other adolescent obsession, music, partly acquired from his mother, a jazz, blues and folk fan who used to sing in brass bands. His first love was the nu metal of Blink 182 and Sum 41 followed by – via his older sister – the indie rock of The Strokes and The Libertines. He would later discover the varied pleasures of everyone from The Beach Boys to Beirut, Grizzly Bear and A Tribe Called Quest.