Despite Membership Dues Debacle, LACMA’s Latest Openings Were Business as Usual


NOVEMBER 30, 2012, 6:15 PM

Recent news of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art raising dues for council membership from $400 to $1,000 didn’t deter artists, gallerists and museum supporters from attending this week’s private opening reception for “Drawing Surrealism” and “Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection.” The event drew a sizable crowd including Jennifer HawksBettina KorekJessica Joffe, and Anthony Pearson.

Curator Franklin Sirmans mingled with collectors at the Ray’s and Stark Bar while Susanne Vielmetter and exhibiting artist Ruben Ochoa caught up in the BCAM galleries. LACMA director Michael Govan gave his teenage daughter Adriana a contemporary art lesson in front of a work by Analia Saban.

“Drawing Surrealism,” which features 250 works by nearly 100 artists from 15 countries, traces a chronological trajectory of the development of Surrealist works on paper. Curator Leslie Jonescreated a through line between this art historical style and contemporary art by including projects by L.A.-based contemporary artists Alexandra GrantMark Licari, and Stas Orlovski.

“Lost Line,” which displays work by artists such as Llyn FoulkesMark HagenSteve McQueen, and Yunhee Min, seeks to present work from the museum’s permanent collection, which complicate traditional representations of the landscape and built environment.

— Yasmine Mohseni, ARTINFO Los Angeles

(Photos: Drawing Surrealism and Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection Reception, Nov. 28, 2012, photo by Zach Lipp © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA.)


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