Find the Titles

In the communications department the other day we were talking about two-part exhibition titles, and especially those two-part titles where the first part acts as a thematic signifier and the second part zeroes in on what the show is about. You know:

Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection

Beauty and Learning: Korean Painted Screens

To War, To War: Military Portraits of Freedonia

Okay, the last one is made up, with help from the Marx Brothers. Anyway, we thought it would be fun to find some actual two-part titles from LACMA’s past, separate the parts, mix them up, and see if you can put them together correctly. Just match the title beginnings from the lefthand column with the corresponding endings on the right. Actual exhibition titles and years can be found after the jump.


1. (f.) Beyond the Fringe: Shawls from the Permanent Collection (1983)
2. (m.) Drawing on Rocks: 200 Years of Lithography (1997)
3. (i.) Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000 (1999)
4. (j.) Letters in Gold: Ottoman Calligraphy (1999)
5. (a.) The Machine Age: The Americanization of Art: 1920-1941 (1987)
6. (e.) Masters of Starlight: Photography from the Golden Age of Hollywood (1987)
7. (g.) Ports of Entry: William S. Burroughs and the Arts (1996)
8. (c.) The Sensuous Line: Indian Drawings from the Paul F. Walter Collection (1976)
9. (l.) The Smart Set: Fashions from 1910-1930 (1969)
10. (b.) That Red Head Gal: Fashions and Designs of Gordon Conway, 1916-1936 (1981)
11. (d.) Things Seen, Things Known: Photographs by Edward Weston (1985)
12. (h.) War Babies: Prints of the Sixties from the Collection (1992)
13. (k.) Wrapped in Glory: Figurative Quilts and Bedcovers 1700-1900 (1990)

By the way, you can find these titles—and many more, going back to 1913—in LACMA’s online archives.

Tom Drury

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