Backstage with the Buzz: LACMA – Larchmont Buzz

LACMA holds “wonderful adventures,” writes Buzz contributor Sheila Tepper, cultural programming producer in her latest column. (pictures of LACMA.org)

Passing by LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, one wonders what is going on. Is there art there? Will there be? Are there any buildings that contain something?

Well, let me tell you, there are a few buildings that are completely intact and home to wonderful adventures. After all, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of over 147,000 objects.

Here are two exhibits that are currently up and one that will be up soon:

Barbara Kruger: Thinking about You. I want to say Me. I mean you.

In the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) building, there is a spectacular exhibition by artist Barbara Kruger, a Los Angeles-based artist who teaches at UCLA. The show covers four decades of his work. Barbara Kruger’s medium is letters, words and expressions of deep and truthful messages and a great spirit. It is a cultural critique that informs, teaches and definitely makes us think. The layout of each room is breathtaking. She’s a first-time artist. This show is not to be missed. The exhibition is open until July 17, 2022.

Lee Alexander McQueen: spirit, myth, muse

In the Resnick Pavilion, this exhibition situates McQueen’s actual work (London 1969 – 2010) in art history and examines the interdisciplinary works that inspired his career. There are nearly 200 objects and over 70 examples of his costumes. The exhibition presents a case study of McQueen’s methods and influences. It runs until October 9, 2022.

The remarkable upcoming exhibition, which will run from June 12 to October 30, 2022 in the Resnick Pavilion, is World Archives: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500-1800. This is the first exhibition of LACMA’s remarkable collections of Hispanic-American art. It will present around 90 works, including several recent acquisitions. The exhibition emphasizes the creative power of Spanish America.

So now you know there’s a lot to see at LACMA. Please visit lacma.org for more information.


Backstage with the Buzz is written by cultural programming producer Sheila Tepper. Sheila has lived in the Larchmont area for fifty years, among her passions being passing laws for children with disabilities and interviewing outstanding artists appearing in the Los Angeles area.

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