This sixteenth century Buddha continues the stylistic and iconographic images seen in the earliest Sri Lankan Buddha images. Unlike earlier images, however, the robe of this later image is covered with a fine design of fabric folds that are delineated in evenly spaced, wavy lines. The result is a powerful icon that catches the eye with abstract patterns spreading across the image. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Visit “The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka” in the Resnick Pavillion to see pieces like “Buddha Shakyamuni,” Kandy period, 16th century.
What’s a perfect pick me up for the mid-week blues? Spending some time admiring art with our favorite companions 🐾 #DogsofLACMA regram via @thegolden.theo
Mark your calendar: “The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China” opens June 2. Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. See works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression.⠀ ⠀ Pictured here: “Day-Dreamer,” Lin Tianmiao, 2000 ⠀ ⠀ © Lin Tianmiao Photo courtesy of the artist
"Between the Lines: Typography in LACMA’s Collection" is now on view.⠀ ⠀ See more than 30 posters and publications representing a range of typographic approaches from the mid-20th century through the present. ⠀ ⠀ © Corita Art Center photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Whether you need a last minute gift idea, or a quiet space to peruse books, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind Los Angeles based designs, @thelacmastore has got you covered. Stop by on your next visit to the museum 📚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Don’t miss it: There’s only a few weeks left to see “Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile.” Composed of 190 panels, this presentation is the first time “The 1/4 Mile” has been exhibited in its entirety. Take a stroll through this special installation before it closes June 9. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Nurture creativity for the kids in your life 🎨 Visit the Boone Children’s Gallery, a free space at the museum where visitors of all ages are invited to make their own art. photo © Museum Associates/ LACMA, by Mercedes Anne Ghimire
This globular jar, often referred to as a "moon jar" because its shape suggests a full or shaded half moon, is a fine eighteenth-century example. Korean ceramicists worked in harmony with the irregularity of the potter's wheel to produce shapes that accentuated naturalism.⠀ ⠀ Visit this jar from the Joseon dynasty in the Hammer building, level 2.
"Isaac Julien: Playtime" is now on view. Isaac Julien CBE RA is an artist and filmmaker whose multi-channel film installations and photographs feature fractured narratives reflecting his explorations into race, class, sexuality, postcolonialism, and representation.⠀ ⠀ Marking the artist’s first major presentation in Los Angeles, 'Playtime" (2014) is a captivating critique of the influence of capital in the art world.⠀ ⠀ © Isaac Julien photo courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York, photograph: Genevieve Hanson
It's a good weekend to take the family out for art and a bite to eat. Stop by @raysandstarkbar to fuel up after an art-filled day. #LACMAPlusYou regram via @two.conversations.away
Get lost in the vibrant colors of "Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection" this weekend. Tag a friend that needs to see it with you!
The ritual bottle, or kundika, was used in Buddhist ceremonies to offer sacred water for purification. Often depicted in Buddhist paintings next to a bodhisattva, this classic ritual vessel from the Goryeo dynasty, Korea, possesses a shorter body than other kundikas of this type. ⠀ ⠀ See it in person in the Hammer building, level 2.
It might be the last day of #EarthMonth, but trying to stay green is a year-long effort. Consider a tote bag to as an eco-friendly accessory (that’s also good for groceries). Tag a friend who *totes* needs one. regram via @thelacmastore
Have you explored our adult art classes recently? Mark your calendar for Adult Art Class: Acrylic Painting Techniques happening June 2. ⠀ ⠀ Work from a still life arranged by the instructor, personal photos, and in-class sketches for inspiration, all with artist Thom Dower. Click the link in our bio to explore upcoming classes.
Mark your calendar: "Between the Lines: Typography in LACMA’s Collection" opens May 12. See more than 30 posters and publications representing a range of typographic approaches from the mid-20th century through the present. ⠀ ⠀ © Estate of Lella and Massimo Vignelli photo © Museum Associates/LACMA ⠀
That feeling when you get tuckered out from admiring all the outdoor art. #DogsofLACMA regram via @sawyertheminidood
Did you know: We've got few fun family art classes coming up both at LACMA and around the city. 🎨Click the link in our bio to see what's coming up soon at LACMA, including: ⠀ ⠀ May 4+11⠀ ⠀ Family Art Class: Making Books Together ⠀ ⠀ April 27 + May 4 + May 25⠀ ⠀ Family Workshop: Ross Snyder Recreation Center ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Don't miss these new sweatshirts showcasing the art of hand lettering and sign painting done by Ben Klevay's She Chimp. Check them out @thelacmastore and stop by this weekend for our hand-painted custom paper signs event on April 27 and 28. Ben will paint 10 custom signs each day that will feature personalized text. ⠀ ⠀ To purchase a sign you must be at LACMA in person to sign up. Signs will be available on a first come, first served basis, one sign per customer. ⠀
Mark your calendar: "Isaac Julien: Playtime" opens May 5.⠀ ⠀ Isaac Julien CBE RA is an artist and filmmaker whose multi-channel film installations and photographs feature fractured narratives reflecting his explorations into race, class, sexuality, postcolonialism, and representation. Marking the artist’s first major presentation in Los Angeles, "Playtime" (2014) is a captivating critique of the influence of capital in the art world.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ © Isaac Julien photo courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York, photograph: Genevieve Hanson ⠀
Can you spot the 🐇 in this detail of “The Banquet of Seowangmo (Xiwangmu), Queen Mother of the West,” 18th-19th century? ⠀ ⠀ This scene shows the Eight Immortals crossing the water. The popular god Shoulao, distinguishable by his protruding head, and a goddess with a rabbit, presumably representing the moon and feminine yin force, can be seen in the clouds directly above.⠀ ⠀ Learn more about the piece and visit it in the Hammer building, level 2. 🐰
Spend your Saturday afternoon at #CharlesWhiteLifeModel, open today from 1pm-4pm at Charles White Elementary. Pictured here: "Untitled," David Hammons, 1968. #LACMAEverywhere ⠀ © David Hammons photo © Museum Associates/LACMA⠀
It's a great weekend to get some sunshine and see some art 🌿 #LACMAPlusYou regram via @lauriewigham
🚨 Only a couple days left to vote! 🚨⠀ ⠀ Click the link in our bio to vote and help us win the People's Voice award. 👆 Voting is open until Thursday, April 18th, at 11:59 PM/PST ⏰ @thewebbyawards
Have you visited Zeng Fanzhi’s "Untitled" (2018) in the Ahmanson building lobby? ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ This piece marks a carefully considered turn to the abstract for the artist, who emerged in the 1990s. It is one in a series of four new abstract landscapes, is monumental in size at nearly nine by 12 feet. ⠀⠀ Installation photograph of Zeng Fanzhi's Untitled (2018), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Dominic and Ellen Ng, © Zeng Fanzhi 2019⠀⠀
Happy Sinhalese New Year 🎉 Pictured here: Unknown, Tile with Stilt-Walkers, late 18th century, on view in "The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka." Visit the exhibition through June 23.
Cheers to #GameofThrones premiere tomorrow night! We're ready to see more dragons 🐉 Visit "Lidded Funerary Urn (Lunghu Ping) with Dog and Dragon," Southern Song dynasty, 1127-1279, in the Hammer Building, level 2.
Tag a friend that needs to get lost in some art with you this weekend 🎨 #LACMAPlusYou regram via @katbourek #FridayFeeling
We are excited to share that yesterday, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for LACMA's new building for the permanent collection and approved the project. Read more on our blog. #investmentinthearts #buildinglacma⠀
Don't miss it: "West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–1995" closes Sunday, April 21. See how the late 20th century was a transformational period for graphic design.⠀ ⠀ photo © Museum Associates/LACMA ⠀
"We are grateful for the private and public generosity that has taken us this far, and we look forward to continuing to expand LACMA’s contribution to the artistic life of Los Angeles.” ⠀ ⠀ Read more about our new building project in this op-ed by LACMA Director Michael Govan in the @latimes. Link in our insta story. #investmentinthearts #buildinglacma
Ikat is an ancient method of decorating cloth that has been produced independently by societies all over the globe. In this method, the patterns are dyed into threads before the fabric is woven. This resist-dye technique is achieved by tightly binding predetermined sections of threads to resist the saturation of color when submerged into dye baths.⠀ ⠀ Visit "Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection" to see these pieces in person.
⠀ Keep the inspiration going even after you leave the museum. 🎨 Stop by the LACMA store for postcards, books and more. We are loving this purple scheme @thelacmastore 💜
Happy #NationalPoetryMonth! In this screen from "Elegant Gathering in the Western Garden," late 18th-early 19th century, a group of five scholars observes poet and calligrapher Su Shi composing poetry. The subject of the “Elegant Gathering in the Western Garden” has been interpreted as an ideal or imaginary meeting that celebrates the cultural heroes of the Song dynasty.⠀ ⠀ Visit the piece in the Hammer building, level 2.
Never been to LACMA? Let's change that with a visit to the "Charles White: A Retrospective" exhibition. Tomorrow, April 5, is our next First-time Fridays. Let the box office know it's your first visit and receive special perks. ⠀ ⠀ "Charles White: A Retrospective" is on view through June 9. ⠀ ⠀ Tweet via @agnimaus #CharlesWhite
"I think the most important thing probably is to develop an awareness of oneself. I think art grows out of a deep introspective attitude. I think an artist uses art primarily as a means of growth, of an in-depth understanding of life and the phenomena of the self." ⠀ ⠀ #CharlesWhite was born #onthisday in 1918. Today, we are keeping his legacy in mind. Visit “Charles White: A Retrospective,” on view now.
Xuan paper is traditionally made from a mixture of hemp, mulberry, and other natural plant fibers. It is the ground most commonly used for classical Chinese calligraphy and ink painting, and continues to be used by many Chinese artists today. Zhu Jinshi's "Wave of Materials," 2007/2019, employs xuan paper not as a ground, but as a sculptural material and symbol of Chinese art history. The paper is presented at a monumental level—eight thousand individual crumpled sheets comprise the work. ⠀ ⠀ See it in person in the Resnick pavilion. © Zhu Jinshi, courtesy of Zhu Jinshi and Pearl Lam Galleries photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Characteristic of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's work of this period, "Two Women" is executed in strong colors and jagged lines. Visit the piece in the Ahmanson building, level 2.
We are saddened to hear the news of Agnès Varda passing. Once called the “grandmother of the French New Wave,” Varda inspired many artists and filmmakers.⠀ ⠀ In November 2013, LACMA presented "Agnès Varda in Californialand" the first U.S. museum presentation of her artwork. The exhibition featured a new major sculptural installation inspired by her time in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, as well as a selection of her photographs. ⠀ ⠀ photo © Museum Associates/LACMA⠀
To contemporary viewers, the vibrant patterns of 19th and early 20th century Central Asian ikat textiles are surprisingly modern. These textiles cohesively blend the use of contrast and composition in design, and were made by highly specialized artisans who created these patterns using the ikat technique.⠀ ⠀ Visit "Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection" through July 28 to see the exquisite pieces in person.⠀ ⠀ photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
See approximately 100 drawings and prints along with lesser-known oil paintings in #CharlesWhite, on view now. Tweet via @sanurafromla
Double tap if you’re enjoying this sunny LA weather 🌸 Visit Bottle with Inlaid Chrysanthemum Scroll Design, Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) in the Hammer building, level 2.
Ruth Asawa is renowned for her ethereal wire hangings that redefine the notion of sculpture as solid form. Her looping technique produced two works of art simultaneously—the sculpture itself and the magical shadow it casts. Recognized early in her career with solo and group exhibitions and ambitious public commissions, Asawa is now considered one of California’s most important artists.⠀ ⠀ The daughter of Japanese immigrants, Asawa grew up on a vegetable farm in Norwalk, Los Angeles County. During World War II, she and her family were interned at the Santa Anita racetrack, where she first took art classes from professional artists, and then at Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas. In 1943 she was allowed to attend Milwaukee State Teachers College, and planned to become an art teacher. Unable to complete her student teacher requirement because of racial discrimination, she enrolled in the radical art experiment that was Black Mountain College in 1946, studying drawing, design, and color theory with former Bauhaus master Josef Albers. Asawa learned from him the principle of “the meandering line,” reinforcing her own beliefs about nature and creating with economy of means—two central tenets that had been evolving since her childhood. ⠀ ⠀ "Untitled (S.027)" is an elegant expression of an early experimental form that she described as “open hyperbola forms that penetrate each other.” Visit it in the Ahmanson building, level 2. #5WomenArtists ⠀ ⠀ Artwork © Estate of Ruth Asawa, Courtesy David Zwirner
This is Marcel Breuer’s B5 side chair, an essential chapter in the development of modernism. A Hungarian architect who taught at the #Bauhaus in Germany, Breuer famously became interested in tubular metal as a material for furniture after observing its strength and durability on the bicycle that he rode around the school. The geometric simplicity of his B5 side chair makes it a quintessential example of Bauhaus design. ⠀ ⠀ The design became one of the most influential chair designs in the 20th century.⠀ ⠀ See it in person in "The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies," on view now in the Ahmanson building, level 2.
Krysten Cunningham's visual source material, which she discovered through the UCLA physics department, is a 1978 computer animation by Thomas F. Banchoff and Charles Strauss. Her narration incorporates additional commentary on the fourth dimension by esoteric philosopher P.S. Ouspensky and cyberpunk author Rudy Rucker; her harmonica soundtrack adds a meditative aura. ⠀ ⠀ Visit #LACMA3D before it closes April 1 to see Cunningham's “Hypercube” in person. #5WomenArtists ⠀ © Krysten Cunningham⠀
Happy #FirstDayofSpring! 🌻🌲 We’re getting lost in the beauty and intricacy of “Peasant House at Éragny," Camille Pissarro, 1884. See it in the Ahmanson building, level 2.
Anyone else dreaming of the weekend already? 💭 Tag a friend that needs to join you on an art adventure soon! #DogsofLACMA regram via @pintatheminidal⠀
Sri Lankan Buddhist practices often involve honoring various deities who were originally assimilated from popular, folk, and Indian traditions in order to undergird Buddhism’s relevance to the everyday lives and goals of worshipers. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Among them are the Brahmanical gods and astrological deities depicted on these panels. The panels were likely used as door or window shutters and are painted on both sides. See them for yourself in "The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka" on view through June 23. Be sure to pick up our special in-gallery guide for detailed information on the panels. ⠀ ⠀ photo © Museum Associates/LACMA