Heads Awaiting Bodies

September 7, 2010

Spied in the conservation center, a row of heads which will soon top the forms dressed for Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915, opening in just a few weeks in the new Resnick Pavilion.

Scott Tennant

LACMA is Free Today!

September 6, 2010

Looking for something to do today? LACMA is free all day as part of Target Free Holiday Mondays.  Here are the highlights of the day:

•    Every gallery and exhibition is free, from 12 to 8 pm.
•    Live performance by Mexican folk music group Cambalache at 12:30 and 2:45 pm on the plaza
•    Gallery educators will be in the Latin American galleries from 1:30 to 3 pm
•    We’ve created a special Family Guide just for today, available around campus

There are also lots of exhibitions and installations on view, including Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas EakinsCatherine Opie: Figure and Landscape,  and John Baldessari: Pure Beauty (the latter closes on September 12!)—not to mention permanent collection galleries covering art from nearly every corner of the globe from ancient to contemporary times.

Scott Tennent

This Weekend: Free Concerts Every Day and Free Admission Monday!

September 3, 2010

Happy three-day weekend, everyone! Sorry it means that summer is more or less over. As a last hurrah for the hot season, we’ve got a handful of free events happening, starting tonight with Jazz at LACMA.  Kamasi Washington and the Next Step will be the performers—you can hear samples of their music at their website.  If you’re an L.A. County resident, you can also get into all our galleries for free while you’re here, starting at 5 pm.

Tomorrow evening will see the final installment of our Latin Sounds series for 2010. Susie Hansen brings her nine-piece band perform high-energy Afro-Cuban Latin jazz. Here’s a sample of what you can expect:

Susie Hansen: No Te Metas Conmigo (from Representante de la Salsa, available at her website .

Sunday in the Bing Theater Endre Balogh (violin), Steve Gordon (viola), Dennis Karmazyn (cello) and Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) will perform works by Beethoven and Brahms as part of Sundays Live.

Which brings us to Monday. Thanks to Target we will be free all day on Labor Day!  We’ll have gallery educators in the Latin American galleries from 1:30 to 3 pm, and live performances by the group Cambalache at 12:30 and 2:45 pm. This is also a great time to see our Thomas EakinsCatherine Opie,  and John Baldessari exhibitions. Baldessari closes on September 12 so if you haven’t seen it yet, the clock is ticking.

Scott Tennent

What Will You Wear for Labor Day?

September 2, 2010

Labor Day weekend is just a few days away—what will you be wearing to celebrate the (unofficial) last weekend of summer?

Margit Fellegi, for Cole of California, "Woman's Bathing Suit," 1936, gift of Margit Fellegi

This bathing suit was designed in 1936 by Margit Fellegi for Cole of California. Using an innovative technique called “Matletex,” it allowed the fabric to be shirred (gathering an area of fabric using elasticized threads in parallel rows) to create a flattering silhouette. Traditionally swimsuits were created using wool; this new process allowed for fabrics such as cotton and rayon with brightly printed patterns to be used for the first time.


DeDe Johnson, "Woman's Three-piece Playsuit," late 1950s, gift of Esther Ginsberg and James Morris in memory of Don Morris

The “patio” playsuit was designed by DeDe Johnson during the late 1950s. This “sportswear” ensemble features a blouse, skirt, and shorts made of printed cotton featuring images of a barbeque, chaise, and umbrella table and chairs. I wish I had this piece; it is the perfect example of an outfit that is practical and fashionable!

Meghan Moran


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