Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (Morning Tour)
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (Morning Tour)

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Join researcher and Art Muse Robin Trento at her home institution of the Getty as she explores the work of Jacopo da Pontormo. Often regarded as one of the early harbingers of early Mannerism, Pontormo broke away from the classicism of High Renaissance painting. His highly expressionistic and sensitive approach to portraiture made Pontormo one of Florence's most renowned painters. Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters gathers many of the 16th-century painter's most arresting works, including his famed rendition of the Visitation

Image: Visitation (detail), about 1528–1529, Pontormo, oil on wood panel. Parrocchia di San Michele Arcangelo a Carmignano (Prato). Image: Su concessione della Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Città Metropolitana di Firenze e per le Province di Pistoia e Prato. Photo © Antonio Quattrone, Florence. 

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Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (Afternoon Tour)
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (Afternoon Tour)

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Join researcher and Art Muse Robin Trento at her home institution of the Getty as she explores the work of Jacopo da Pontormo. Often regarded as one of the early harbingers of early Mannerism, Pontormo broke away from the classicism of High Renaissance painting. His highly expressionistic and sensitive approach to portraiture made Pontormo one of Florence's most renowned painters. Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters gathers many of the 16th-century painter's most arresting works, including his famed rendition of the Visitation

Image: Visitation (detail), about 1528–1529, Pontormo, oil on wood panel. Parrocchia di San Michele Arcangelo a Carmignano (Prato). Image: Su concessione della Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Città Metropolitana di Firenze e per le Province di Pistoia e Prato. Photo © Antonio Quattrone, Florence. 

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Gallery Hop with Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop with Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera

Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera Art Muse Los Angeles

Save the date for our spring gallery hop with local artist, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera. Originally from Cuba and now based in LA, Alejandro specializes in conceptual art in a variety of media including video, sculpture, and installation. He holds a BA from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts and the Superior Institute of Arts ISA in Cuba. His work is represented by Aspect Ratio Gallery in Chicago and it has been featured in many publications including the New York Times and Frieze Magazine. He has given workshops and talks at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, Bucknell University, Wake Forest University, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts, and Human Resources LA.

Stayed tuned to find out more about Alejandro's gallery picks for this one-of-a-kind walking tour!

Image: Artist Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera at work on his project, 34,000 Pillows. Photo by Becky Yee/Around Digital Media.

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Fashion Through the Ages
Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

Fashion Through the Ages

Fashion Through the Ages Art Muse Los Angeles

Need a fashion tip to brighten up your summer wardrobe? Learn about fashion trends of the past in our next Art Muse Los Angeles tour at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. Join fashion historian and art muse, Sara Stevens, as she explores the museum’s collection through the lens of costume to consider issues of gender, society, and history through the ages. This promises to be a fun way to consider the Getty collection while thinking about fashion past and present.

Image: Jacques Joseph Tissot, Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née Thérèse Feuillant, 1866, France, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program. 

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Gallery Hop: Arts District
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop: Arts District

A+D Museum Sarah Jones Art Muse Los Angeles

Join us on visits to two art institutions in LA’s Arts District. Our first stop is at A+D Museum to meet the artist Sarah Jones. Sarah will guide us through her new immersive installation of joyful, organic shapes. The next stop will be at Hauser & Wirth for a walk-through the exhibition Annie Leibovitz The Early Years, 1970-1983 with photographer-curator. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from two experts.

Image: Installation view, Tangle: Sarah Jones at the A+D Museum, 2019.

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Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary

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Draftsman, painter, printmaker, and photographer, Charles White remains one of America's most influential artists. His stylized portraits of black life both past and present are singular, but their impact is far-reaching. Plumb-Line: Charles White and the Contemporary honors White's half-century career and explores those artists who find inspiration in White's work, including Sadie Barnette, Diedrick Brackens, Greg Breda, Toyin Ojih Odutol, and more. Jennifer Li, art muse and contemporary art writer, guides a private viewing of Plumb-Line. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the continuing impact of White's portrayals of black subjects and history on artists' work today.

Image: Charles White, Sound of Silence, 1978. © 1953 The Charles White Archives. Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art.

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Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

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Join Art Muse LA director Clare Kunny on a guided walk-through and discussion of artworks by outsider artists and avant-garde pioneers in Outliers and American Vanguard Art. LACMA's exhibition explores the intersection of folk art and American high modernism, as well as to call attention to these self-taught artists' profound impact on contemporary art. Selected works—paintings, drawings, sculptures, and textiles— with an emphasis on African American artists will be featured as we celebrate their unique visions and contributions to American art. 

Image: Horace Pippin, Interior, 1944, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art.

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The Renaissance Nude
Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

The Renaissance Nude

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Explore the evolution of the nude in art made in the 1400s and 1500s. What was the physical ideal of the human form in Renaissance Europe? How does it compare with our ideal of the unclothed human body today? Exceptional paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance period will be discussed in this private tour of The Renaissance Nude. Join art historian Noelle Valentino as she guides viewing and discussion of the nude in art and its multiple meanings.

Image: Jan Gossart, Flemish, about 1478–1532. Hercules and Deianira, 1517. The Henry Barber Trust, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham. Image © The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham / Bridgeman Images.

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King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

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Join Egyptologist Marissa Stevens in viewing "The Treasures of the Golden Pharoah," the largest King Tut exhibition to tour internationally. This must-see, immersive exhibition celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Featuring new multi-media components and over 150 authentic tomb artifacts, this exhibit offers a new look at the life of the Golden Pharaoh during a time of international politics, economic expansion, and technological advancement.

Dr. Stevens holds a Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA. She specializes in Egyptian social history, ancient texts, and art history.

Image: King Tutankhamun's golden sarcophagus, Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. 2016. Photo from KPCC.

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The Marciano Art Foundation: 3 Exhibits
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

The Marciano Art Foundation: 3 Exhibits

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Join artist and Art Muse Carter Mull in exploring three exhibitions at the Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation. Carter will lead us in viewing new and unseen work from the internationally renowned artist, Ai Weiwei. This is Ai's first major institutional exhibition in LA, and will also present iconic installations Sunflower Seeds and Spouts within the gallery. We will also explore the animated works of LA artist, Bunny Rogers, and the kaleidoscopic exhibition, Mad World, which features the work of over thirty artists including Urs Fischer, Juliana Huxtable, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, and more.

Image: Sam Durant, Let’s Behave Like Americans, 2007. © Sam Durant, courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London.

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Gallery Hop: Hollywood
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop: Hollywood

Olafur Eliasson Art Muse Los Angeles

Art muse and artist Julie Weitz guides a walking tour of Hollywood galleries. We begin our gallery hop at LAXART for a special presentation of Sol Lewitt's small page works, which he made for books, magazines, and other publications between 1967 and 2007. Next, at Various Small Fires, we explore the vividly-colored paintings of Joshua Nathanson, as well as a large-scale ecological experiment by Lauren Bon & The Metabolic Studio. At Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, we have the pleasure of viewing works from the internationally renowned artist, Olafur Eliasson. Finally, we will explore Steve Turner's latest group show, Inside Out, a vibrant exhibit both celebrating and complicating the genre of "folk-art."

Image: Installation view of Olafur Eliasson: The Speed of Your Attention, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 2018. 

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Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011

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Join fashion historian and Art Muse Sara Stevens on a walk-through this exceptional exhibition about photography and fashion. We'll take a close look at fashion trends over 10 decades, and keep in mind the history and photography of each era. Enjoy delightful moments in the history of fashion and photography in this lively 90-minute private tour.

About Sara Stevens: Sara's work in museums, higher education, and retail focuses on the vital role everyday objects play in shaping our world. She was an energetic educator at the Skirball Cultural Center and is now an adjunct professor at Woodbury University. Sara is a native Angeleno with a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in the History of Art and an MS in Apparel Merchandising from California State University, Northridge. 

Image: The V Back Evenings, Suzy Parker, Dress by Trigère, New York, 1955, Lillian Bassman, gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © The Estate of Lillian Bassman.

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GROUNDED
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

GROUNDED

Art Muse Los Angeles Tour GROUNDED ESMoA

Join curator Colin Westerbeck on a walk through GROUNDED at ESMoA on September 15th.

John Divola and Zoe Crosher are LA photographers a generation apart. They have in common that they have each done an extensive project on LAX. Yet the difference in both their approach and the photographs in which it resulted could hardly be greater. Her work reflects--or projects, depending on how you look at it--a very personal aesthetic, whereas Divola's work of many years earlier is dispassionate, almost mechanical in nature.

Image: Zoe Crosher, The Radisson, 2001.

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Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

Art Muse Los Angeles Beyond the Nile

Take a tour "Beyond the Nile" and learn about Egypt's interconnections with the ancient Mediterranean world. Explore ancient Egypt through the eyes of the Minoans, Greeks, and Romans. Learn about the lives of Egyptians during a time of international politics, economic expansion, and intellectual flourishing. Put faces to famous names, read the hieroglyphs, and study the objects left behind from this fantastic time of blending cultures in ancient Egypt's history.

Get a personalized tour of Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World with Egyptologist Marissa Stevens. Marissa holds a Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA. She specializes in Egyptian social history, ancient texts, and art history.

Image: Hippopotamus, Roman, AD 1–100; found in Rome, red marble. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Photo: Ole Haupt

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City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan

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Join Art Muse LA director Clare Kunny for a virtual tour of the great pyramids of Teotihuacan this summer. On this private walk through the exhibition, we’ll see recently excavated sculptures, from handheld to monumental, which reveal new information about the people who resided in the cosmopolitan city from100 to 650 CE. If you’ve visited the ancient Mexican site, this exhibition offers new insights; if you’ve never visited Teotihuacan, you’ll be introduced to a fascinating chapter in the history of ancient Mexico.

Clare Kunny specializes in Mexican art and culture.

Image: Mosaic Jaguar, Xalla residential compound, Teotihuacan, Mexico, 400, Volcanic stone, stucco, and pigments, 38 3/8 x 92 3/4 x 29 1/4 in. (97.5 x 235.5 x 74.5 cm), Museo Nacional de Antropología/ INAH (10-626269), Archivo Digital de la Colecciones del Museo Nacional de Antropología / INAH-CANON

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Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

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Art muse and art historian Noelle Valentino guides viewing and discussion of art made during this intriguing moment late in Rembrandt’s career. Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India is centered around a series of unusually meticulous drawings depicting emperors and courtiers from Mughal India. This exhibition explores the Dutch master’s careful studies of imperial Mughal portraiture and places them within a broader circuit of cross-cultural exchanges. The juxtaposition of Rembrandt’s drawings with Indian paintings of similar compositions is shown alongside Mughal artworks with the European prints that inspired them. Noelle will be your guide to uncovering the fascinating stories about the flow of art and the ideas that were exchanged across time and oceans in the 1600s.

About Noelle Valentino: Noelle Valentino is an art historian and educator. Her professional experiences include teaching, curating and research at the UCLA Hammer Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Smithsonian, and Christie’s auction house. Noelle holds an MA in art history from the University of California, Riverside. She is a founding member of Art Muse LA.

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Gallery Hop: Hollywood
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop: Hollywood

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Art muse and artist Angela Bryant guides a walking tour of Hollywood galleries. We begin our gallery hop at Steve Turner Gallery. Force of Nature features work by six artists who use the beauty of nature to convey the often ugly realities of present-day political issues such as immigration, climate control, and land abuse. Next, at Gavlak Gallery, we explore the cut-paper paintings of Francesca Gabbiani. This body of work, Vague Terrains and Urban Fuckups, embodies a beautiful yet eerie post-apocalyptic vibe. At our final gallery, Various Small Fires, we experience Tanit by Kathryn Garcia. Her installation, informed by matriarchal cultures, is based on the construction of a temple to encourage mediation.

About Angela Bryant: Angela is an artist, curator, and lecturer. She holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2009, she founded Abryant Gallery, a consultation service and contemporary art gallery for young/new and emerging artists.

Image: Vague Terrains and Urban Fuckups, 2016-2017 by Francesca Gabbiani

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 Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin

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Join art muse and artist Regina Mamou at MOCA for a close look at legendary photographers Brassaï, Diane Arbus, and Nan Goldin. Real Worlds presents three bodies of work: 1930s Paris at night through the lens of Brassaï, 1960s New York in the unsettling portraits of Arbus, and an intimate, visceral view of the life of Goldin and her friends from the 1970s and 80s. Regina explores the exhibition from the unique perspective of a photographer.

About Regina Mamou: Regina is a visual artist and arts lecturer with specialization in photography and contemporary art. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Regina worked in the Department of Education at The Art Institute of Chicago, and she continues to work independently with the Art Institute as a study leader for the museum’s travel programs.

Image: Installation view of Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin, March 4–September 3, 2018 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest.

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Gallery Hop: Culver City
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop: Culver City

Gallery Hop Culver City Art Muse Los Angeles

Art muse, artist, and critic Lindsay Preston Zappas guides a curated walking-tour of Culver City galleries. Artworks on view in the three selected galleries offer a range of figurative and narrative painting. We begin with new works by Nicole Eisenman at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery where political narrative in her signature non-conformist style shines through in the exhibition Dark Light.

Next, at Blum & Poe we view a comprehensive display of work by Oakland-born artist, Robert Colescott. Though satirical, his reoccurring themes of systemic racism and sexual misconduct are especially relevant today.

Our tour concludes at Anat Ebgi Gallery with the work of Alec Egan. These luscious paintings bring a certain nostalgia for domestic space with the use of patterns and the continual appearance of subjects, such as a stack of books or a pair of reading glasses.

About Lindsay Preston Zappas: Lindsay is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Lindsay is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), an LA-based critical art magazine and has written for various exhibition catalogues and publications.


Image: Alec Egan, Glasses on Book (detail), 2018. Oil on canvas.

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Fashion in Art Through the Ages
Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

Fashion in Art Through the Ages

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Join fashion historian and art muse Sara Stevens as she explores LACMA’s collection through the lens of costume to consider issues of gender, society, and history through the ages. We’ll look at art from the museum's encyclopedic collection where garments offer insights to the wearer's life and learn some fashion terminology in the process.

This may be your last chance to see LACMA's permanent collection installed in the Ahmanson galleries as the museum incrementally deinstalls in preparation for the new building. Don't miss this opportunity!

About Sara Stevens: Sara was an educator at the Skirball Cultural Center, and is now an adjunct professor at Woodbury University. Sara holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in the History of Art and a MS in Apparel Merchandising from California State University, Northridge.

Image: Adelaide Labille-Guiard, Portrait of Madame de Genlis (detail), France, 1790. Oil on canvas. Purchased with funds provided by the William Randolph Hearst Collection, Arnold S. Kirkeby, and other donors by exchange (91.2).

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Gallery Hop: DTLA
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop: DTLA

Join local artist and art muse Julie Wietz in exploring DTLA's most vibrant art venues. We'll begin at Hauser & Wirth to view three solo exhibitions featuring the works of Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford, and Geta Brătescu. From there, we'll head to The BOX, where we'll explore Simone Forti's Time Smear. We'll conclude our tour of DTLA with tours of 356 Mission and Maccarone.

Julie is a visual artist and educator specializing in contemporary art. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas in Austin and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Before moving to Los Angeles, Weitz held the tenured professorship of painting and drawing at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She currently teaches at UCLA Extension, Whittier College and East Los Angeles Community College. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, the L.A. Times, and the New York Times and on KCRW.

Image: The Red Sky (Detail), 2009, Louise Bourgeois. Watercolor, ink, gouache, pencil, colored pencil and etching on paper, 11 panels © The Easton Foundation/VAGA, NY. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ben Shiff.

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Exploring the Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora: Part II
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Exploring the Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora: Part II

In celebration of Black History Month and the Chinese New Year, Art Muse LA is leading a two-part tour at the California African-American Museum (CAAM) and the Chinese American Museum (CAM). Central to each tour will be the exhibitions Circles and Circuits I and II which focus on the history and art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora (Part I) and the Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art (Part II). Tours will be led by muses Angela Bryant and Jennifer Li. Each day we conclude with a meal that relates to the culture of focus. Your meal is included in the price of your ticket.

Led by art muse and scholar Jennifer Li, Part II explores Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art at the Chinese American Museum. Jennifer received her BA in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a specialist in Contemporary Chinese Art. Her professional experience in museums includes previous positions at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She also oversaw the daily operations and exhibition programs at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Currently, she is the LA Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific, the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.

Image: Albert Chong, Aunt Winnie, 1995. Courtesy of the artist. © Albert Chong.

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Rembrandt: Portraits and Prints
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Rembrandt: Portraits and Prints

Join art muse Noelle Valentino in exploring the Norton Simon Museum's outstanding collection of prints and portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), the greatest Dutch painter-printmaker of the Golden Age. Rembrandt is widely regarded as the father of self-portraiture; by recording his own life and likeness throughout his prolific practice, Rembrandt introduced a new subject-genre for painters and printmakers alike. On view now are twenty-one prints from the museum’s expansive collection of Rembrandt etchings. This intimate but arresting exhibition was organized to celebrate the installation of Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34, on loan from The National Gallery in London.

Image: Self Portrait at the Age of 34, 1640, Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669). Oil on canvas, 102 x 80 cm. © The National Gallery, London

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Gallery Hop: Mid-City
Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

Gallery Hop: Mid-City

Join local artist and art muse Regina Mamou on a gallery hop across Mid-City, featuring some of the city's most vibrant art venues. We'll begin at Big Pictures to view Hunter/Killer by Mathew Zefeldt. Zefeldt's large-scale painting installation envisions a dystopic future that is at once frightening and awe-inspiring. From there, we'll move on Ochi Projects to view their latest installation, Rainbows Inhale, a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Rives Granade. We'll conclude our tour of Mid-City at HILDE. There, we'll explore the work of Theodore Boyer and Grant Falardeau in their exhibition, Aleph and the Rock.

Image: Installation shot of Rainbows Inhale, Rives Granade, 2018. Photograph by Ochi Projects.

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Exploring the Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora: Part I
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Exploring the Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora: Part I

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In celebration of Black History Month and the Chinese New Year, Art Muse LA is leading a two-part tour at the California African-American Museum (CAAM) and the Chinese American Museum (CAM). Central to each tour will be the exhibitions Circles and Circuits I and II which focus on the history and art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora (Part I) and the Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art (Part II). Tours will be led by muses Angela Bryant and Jennifer Li. Each day we conclude with a meal that relates to the culture of focus. Your meal is included in the price of your ticket.

Lead by art muse and artist Angela Bryant, Part I explores the History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora at the California African American Museum. Angela is a practicing artist. She is the recipient of several awards and honors and holds an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has served as an adjunct professor, an independent curator, guest lecturer at multiple institutions, and is the co-founder of MOUNT Curatorial Residency. In 2009, Angela Bryant founded Abryant Gallery, an art consultation service and rotating contemporary art gallery for young/new and emerging artists.

Image: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Finding Balance (detail), 2015.

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Art Muse Guided Tour: Art Los Angeles Contemporary with Julie Weitz
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Art Muse Guided Tour: Art Los Angeles Contemporary with Julie Weitz

Join art muse and artists Julie Weitz in exploring the 9th annual Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), the west coast's premier international contemporary art fair. This year's fair includes a series of lectures, screenings, and on-site collaborations with local artists both emerging and established.

Julie Weitz is a visual artist and educator specializing in contemporary art. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas in Austin and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Before moving to Los Angeles, Weitz held the tenured professorship of painting and drawing at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She currently teaches at UCLA Extension, Whittier College and East Los Angeles Community College. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, the L.A. Times, and the New York Times and on KCRW. Julie joined Art Muse LA in 2015.

Your Art Muse Los Angeles ticket is for the private tour only. This ticket does not include admission to ALAC. You must purchase your ticket to the fair separately through ALAC at https://artlosangelesfair.com/tickets. Art Muse Los Angeles is not affiliated with ALAC.

Image: Holton Rower, With You I Step Lightly, 2016, hand mixed pigment on wood.

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Art Muse Guided Tour: Art Los Angeles Contemporary with Jennifer Li
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Art Muse Guided Tour: Art Los Angeles Contemporary with Jennifer Li

Join art muse Jennifer Li in exploring the 9th annual Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), the west coast's premier international contemporary art fair. This year's fair includes a series of lectures, screenings, and on-site collaborations with local artists both emerging and established.

Jennifer Li is a specialist in Contemporary Chinese Art. Her professional experience in museums includes previous positions at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She also oversaw the daily operations and exhibition programs at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Currently, she is the LA Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific, the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. She is a founding member of Art Muse Los Angeles.

Your Art Muse Los Angeles ticket is for the private tour only. This ticket does not include admission to ALAC. You must purchase your ticket to the fair separately through ALAC at https://artlosangelesfair.com/tickets. Art Muse Los Angeles is not affiliated with ALAC.

Image: Todd Norsten, the Future the Past, 2016, gouache and collage on paper.

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Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Join Art Muse Director Clare Kunny for an intimate exploration of the Getty's must-see exhibit, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. Part of the Getty's Pacificic Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Golden Kingdoms traces the history of luxury arts in the Americas, from 1000 BC to the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in the early 16th century. With over 300 objects, many made from precious metals and adorned with lavish colors, this exhibit examines the socio-cultural, political, religious, and economic role of luxury arts, and bears witness to the often-forgetten brilliance of the Ancient Americas. 

Image: Octopus Frontlet, 300–600, Moche culture; gold, chrysocolla, shells. Museo de la Nación, Lima, Peru, MN-14602. Ministerio de Cultura del Perú.

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Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985

Join art muse and contemporary artist Julie Weitz for a guided walkthrough of the Hammer Museum's critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking exhibit, Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985Radical Women spotlights the work of over one hundred Latin American and Latino artists working between 1960 and 1985, a critical time in both Latin American history and contemporary art at large. This expansive exhibits features longtime luminaries—among them Ana Mendieta, Lygia Clark, and Marta Minujín—as well as emerging artistis like Zilia Sánchez, Feliza Bursztyn, and Leticia Parente. In a way that no other exhibit has done before, Radical Women contexualizes these artists' practices within the rich and complex history of Latin America, thus constituting the first comprehensive account of radical and/or feminist art practices in the region.

"Radical Women...is the kind of show that art critics live for," raves Ben Davis of Artnet. "[This] is the single most exciting and hope-inspiring historical group show of contemporary art I’ve seen in 10 years," said Holland Cotter in the NY Times.

Radical Women is supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. From September 2017 through January 2018, over 70 cultural institutions across Southern California will examine the Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. And Art Muse LA will feature a number of these exhibitions this fall.

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Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

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Join art muse Noelle Valentino in exploring Chagall's deep fascination with music, dance, and theatre. LACMA's Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage features Chagall's elaborate costumes and set designs for four theatrical productions: Aleko by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloé by Maurice Ravel (1958), and The Magic Flute(1967) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In addition to these works, the exhibit highlights several of Chagall's most iconic paintings inspired by the theatre, as well as documentary footage from the original performances.

Image: Marc Chagall, Study for Backdrop for Aleko: A Wheatfield on a Summer’s Afternoon (Scene III), 1942, Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1945, New York/ADAGP, Paris, digital image © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art/licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney

Join Art Muse director Clare Kunny at the Getty Center to celebrate David Hockney's 80th birthday! Arguably Britain's most influential contemporary artistis, Hockney is known for his vibrant colors, eververscent energy, and playful technique. This two-part exhibit highlights sixty-five years of Hockney's iconic self-portraits, and often-overlooked photographs that reveal the artist's unique approach to time, place, and perspective.

Image: David Hockney, Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2, April 11-18, 1986, collage of chromogenic prints. 71 ½ x 107 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © 1986 David Hockney.

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Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance

Join art muse and contemporary artist Carter Mull in examining the work of Adrián Villar Rojas at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary. The Theater of Disappearance is a site-specific installation inside the MOCA Geffen's warehouse wherein Villar Rojas transforms his singular artistic practice into an ongoing search for a sense of belongings in an ambiguous time and space. Villar Rojas's objects slip and slide between past, present, and future; their fragmented existance images a post-human environment that begs the question, "what happens after the end of art?" While Villar Rojas's practice might best be understood as sculptural, when considered as a whole, The Theater of Disappearance blurs the line between sculpture, instillation, environmental-art, and institutional critique.

Image: drián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance, 2017, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, photo courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris / London, and kurimanzutto, Mexico City, photo by Jörg Baumann.

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Gallery Hop: DTLA
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop: DTLA

Join contemporary artist and art muse Regina Mamou on a gallery hop across the Arts District, featuring some of the city's most vibrant art venues. We'll begin at Royale Projects, where we'll explore the work of Rubén Ortiz Torres in White Washed America, a Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit. We'll continue our tour at Jason Vass to view UK artist Philip Mount's latest solo exhibit, RAW Essence. At Ibid Gallery, we'll investigate Maria Taniguchi's monolithic "Brick Paintings," in addition to the conceptual works of Rodrigo Matheus and Alejandro Almanza Pereda. Finally, we'll conclude our DTLA hop with a visit to VENUS LA, one of Los Angele's premiere experimental art spaces. 


Image: Brick paintings, Maria Taniguchi. Installation view at Ibid Gallery, 2017.

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Gallery Hop: Hollywood
Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

Gallery Hop: Hollywood

Join art muse and contemporary art critic Lindsay Preston Zappas on a walking tour exploring Hollywood's foremost galleries and their contributions to the city-wide art initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Latin America/Los Angeles. We'll begin at Regen Projects, whose upcoming exhibit examines the influence of the Latin American diaspora in art from 1940 to now. We'll continue with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division's survey, Jose Dávila: Sense of Place, featuring sculptural installations, photographs, drawings, and models from the Guadalajara-based artist. We'll conclude our tour at LAXART, where we'll investigate Video Art in Latin America, the first major U.S. retrospective to highlight the groundbreaking contributions of Latin American artists to the genre of video-art.

Image: Javier Calvo (Costa Rica), Solo yo , 2012. Color video. © Javier Calvo.

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