Film & Media Arts
For video artists and underground filmmakers, the shadow of Southern California’s outsized film industry provides the perfect environment to experiment. Kenneth Anger’s visual anarchy and Paul McCarthy’s grotesqueries tested audiences’ patience, earned critical acclaim, and urged viewers to contemplate the nature of art itself. Video, as a medium, toys with expectations of the audience. It appropriates the format of surveillance films and amateur home footage, revealing the intimacy and paranoia of watching and being watched. The media arts is a slice of life or a exploration of dreams, codifying the human experience into moving images.
From Jayhawkers To Jawa: A Short History Of Filming In Death Valley, Part I
From Jayhawkers To Jawa: A Short History Of Filming In Death Valley, Part I
A guide to the history of filming in Death Valley, featuring the films "Star Wars," "Rocketship," and "Robinson Crusoe."
From the River: Michael Kolster's Handmade Photographs
From the River: Michael Kolster's Handmade Photographs
Guided by Play the L.A. River's playing cards, Michael Kolster captures segments of the L.A. River through an intensive photographic technique from the 1800s.
Larry Sultan's Humanizing Investigations
Larry Sultan's Humanizing Investigations
The photography of Larry Sultan, which explores themes of family, home, and façade, is the subject of a posthumous retrospective at LACMA.
Interactive Experiences: Artist John Carpenter's Haptic Media Systems
Interactive Experiences: Artist John Carpenter's Haptic Media Systems
L.A.-based media artist John Carpenter uses touch-based computer systems to convey the wonder and joy of embodied exploration.
Exiles and Expressionism: The Transatlantic Exodus of European Filmmakers
Exiles and Expressionism: The Transatlantic Exodus of European Filmmakers
Two exhibitions examine the period of cinema history when filmmaking talent crossed the Atlantic from Berlin, the center of German-language cinema, to Hollywood.
South American Cho-Low: Documenting Brazil's Lowrider Culture
South American Cho-Low: Documenting Brazil's Lowrider Culture
The film "South American Cho-Low" explores the phenomenon of cholos and Southern California custom culture exported over 6000 miles away to São Paulo, Brazil.
End of the Road: LACMA9 Wraps Up Its Countywide Journey
End of the Road: LACMA9 Wraps Up Its Countywide Journey
The traveling educational endeavor LACMA9 Art + Film Lab traveled across SoCal offering filmmaking workshops, gathering oral histories, and providing free events to the public.
Julie Orser's Cinematic Fascination
Julie Orser's Cinematic Fascination
In the exhibition "Madeleine," Julie Orser examines the onscreen fabrication of desire and obsession by revisiting scenes from the the film "Vertigo."
Pamela Littky: Documenting the Gateway to Death Valley
Pamela Littky: Documenting the Gateway to Death Valley
Pamela Littky photographed the townspeople and places of Baker, California and Beatty, Nevada, two towns that lay claim to the title "Gateway to Death Valley."
LACMA9: Inglewood Art + Film Lab
LACMA9: Inglewood Art + Film Lab
The LACMA9 Art+Film Lab, a traveling film and video workshop, cinema, and oral history project, reflects on their time in Inglewood.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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