Member Previews—Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising

Member Previews—Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising


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Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising traces the artistic manipulation of advertising, the most powerful, mainstream visual language. Since the 1970s, creative innovations led to dramatic shifts in the possibilities for photography as artistic expression, as photo-based artists reworked advertising strategies to challenge the increased commodification of daily life, and later to appropriate the command these images have over the viewer/consumer. By exploiting advertising’s visual vocabulary and adopting its sites and formats, and through re-photography, appropriation, and simulation, artists create a shared photographic language that puts the onus on the viewer to determine what exactly these pictures are asking of us.
Participating artists include Adbusters, Lucas Blalock, Victor Burgin, Jo Ann Callis, Sarah Charlesworth, Sara Cwynar, Victoria Fu, Sanja Iveković, Elad Lassry, Roe Ethridge, Robert Heinecken, Barbara Kruger, Carter Mull, Pat O’Neil, Kim Schoen, Sandy Skoglund, Mitchell Syrop, and Hank Willis Thomas, among others.

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—Objects of Desire
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For LACMA members only 

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BCAM, Level 2
Event status
On Sale
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Objects of Desire
Sat, 09/03/2022 – 10:00
-Sat, 09/03/2022 – 19:00
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On-sale time
Wed, 10/20/2021 – 10:00
Event audience
Credit line – Left column

Image credit: Pages from Toiletpaper (December 2012), courtesy of the artists and LACMA Balch Art Research Library, © Toiletpaper magazine (Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari), photo courtesy of Toiletpaper

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Tier 3
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