Member Previews—Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection

Member Previews—Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection


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Thu, 05/05/2022 – 09:17

One of the earliest and best-preserved areas of artistic production across the globe, ceramics remain a vital field of expression and experimentation into the present. Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection explores the medium through 14 case studies, placing historical works in visual dialogue with contemporary examples to illuminate symbolic meanings, technical achievements, and resonances throughout time. The exhibition examines how artists working today relate to international artistic traditions of the medium, both through deliberate references to the past and by engaging with aspects of clay’s materiality that have inspired makers over the centuries. Drawing from LACMA’s wide-ranging collections, the exhibition also highlights many recent contemporary acquisitions, including works by Nicholas Galanin, Steven Young Lee, Courtney Leonard, Roberto Lugo, Mineo Mizuno, Elyse Pignolet, and more.

Members receive unlimited access. Advanced timed-entry tickets are required. Access to Member Previews is a benefit of membership and as such is restricted to LACMA members only. Children accompanied by LACMA members are welcome in Member Preview galleries, but please note that discounted guest tickets purchased by members do not grant guests admission to Member Preview galleries. 

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Member Previews—Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection
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For LACMA members only 

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Resnick Pavilion
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Conversing in Clay
Sat, 08/06/2022 – 10:00
-Sat, 08/06/2022 – 19:00
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Wed, 10/20/2021 – 10:00
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Image credit: Steven Young Lee, Jar with Tiger and Clouds, 2019, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Debbie and Mark Attanasio and Kelly and Steve McLeod through the 2021 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisitions Committee (DA²), © Steven Young Lee, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA; Unknown, Jar with Dragon and Clouds, 1700–1800, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with museum funds, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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