The American Art Gallery and Geography

Recently, masterworks from LACMA’s American Art collection went on loan to Korea as part of the exhibition Art Across America. That presented an opportunity to rethink how our American Art galleries were installed. While researching the collection, co-curators Jose Luis Blondet and Austen Bailly found many connections between representations of the East and West coasts which they have creatively displayed in the installation Compass for Surveyors: 19th Century American Landscapes. Here, Jose Luis discusses the ideas behind the reinstallation of the galleries and how ideas of the American East and West play into the geography of the gallery itself.

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