Tag Archives: LACMA

ON FLORA MAYO

FLORA—a double-sided film installation by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler at LACMA—reconstructs the lost history and œuvre of Flora Mayo, the American artist usually associated with Alberto Giacometti.

Also on view: a photographic reproduction and reconstruction of Mayo’s no-longer-extant sculpture Bust.

TERESA HUBBARD/ALEXANDER BIRCHLER—FLORA

Through April 7.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Top: Teresa Hubbard and Alexander BirchlerBust, 2017. Photograph by Ugo Carmeni.

Above and below: Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, Flora, 2017. Film stills.

Images courtesy the artists, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.

GRAPHIC MEANS

Up until just over thirty years ago—when the desktop computer debuted—design production process was done primarily by hand and with the aid of analog machines. The design and print industries used a variety of ways to get type and image onto film, plates, and finally to the printed page.

The documentary GRAPHIC MEANS is a journey through this transformative era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today.*

“As an educator, I was trying to figure out a way to bring this history into the classroom. We focus primarily on design thinking and technique with the brief time we have. When history is discussed, it’s much more from the theory standpoint—movements, typographic progression, specific designer profiles, etc.

“Of course, all students learn about Gutenberg and his letterpress because it was the beginning of mass produced printed materials for the western world (props to China for actually being the first to use this technique), but students generally don’t learn about what came after that. There was linecasting (Linotype and Monotype), and photosetting (Linotron, Photon), and then digital systems that predate computers (Compugraphic composition systems). There’s a lot that happened in between the letterpress and the Macintosh.” — Briar Levit

In conjunction with the LACMA exhibition WEST OF MODERNISM—CALIFORNIA GRAPHIC DESIGN, 1975–1995, the museum will present a screening of GRAPHIC MEANS, followed by a conversation with the director Briar Levit.

GRAPHIC MEANS—

A HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN PRODUCTION*

Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm.

LACMA, Bing Theater

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

All images courtesy Briar Levit, Graphic Means.

BARBARA T. SMITH IN CONVERSATION

Join installation and performance art legend Barbara T. Smith this weekend for an Artists on Art event at LACMA.

Smith will choose artwork from the Photography and Prints & Drawings collections to display in the Study Center, and discuss how her selections relate to her practice.

ARTISTS ON ART—BARBARA T. SMITH

Saturday, January 12, at 2 pm.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Top: Barbara T. Smith, The Way To Be, 1972. Performance, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.

Above: Overhead view of Smith’s Field Piece at Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, 1971. Photograph by Boris Sojka. Image courtesy Getty Research Institute.

Below: Smith making the molds for Field Piece, Los Angeles, 1968.

Images courtesy the artist.

ART CATALOGUES — L.A. TO PARIS

Dagny Corcoran is packing up and moving to Paris.

Art Catalogues—Corcoran’s LACMA destination for out-of-print catalogues, new art books, and artist’s editions—is relocating to Staffan Ahrenberg’s Cahiers d’Art space in Paris’ Sixth.

Corcoran will also maintain an Art Catalogues office and showroom in Culver City.

ART CATALOGUES

Last day, December 31, 2018.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top:

Michael HeizerLevitated Mass, 2012. Archival digital print, LACMA.

Cahiers d’Art, 2012 edition.

Art Catalogues in the Ahmanson Building at LACMA.

Dagny Corcoran. Images courtesy Corcoran, Art Catalogues, and LACMA.

PAUL MPAGI SEPUYA IN CONVERSATION

Join Paul Mpagi Sepuya for a discussion about his edit of the artwork on display at LACMA’s Study Center, and how it relates to his practice.

ARTISTS ON ART—PAUL MPAGI SEPUYA

Saturday, December 8, at 2 pm.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Sepuya’s Darkroom Mirror with Roses at Night, a fundraising C-print (below) for Printed Matter, is now available.

See “Death Deluxe,” a portfolio by Item Idem, with photography by Brian Oldham and Paul Mpagi SepuyaPARISLA 16 (2018).

From top:

All artwork by Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

Study with Two Figures, N.B. and J.T., after R.N.B. (1404), 2015, archival pigment print.

Study Reflecting Dureau, 2017, archival pigment print.

Darkroom Mirror with Roses at Night, 2018. C-print.

Study for a Self Portrait (1504), 2015, archival pigment print.