Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection
BCAM, Level 2
March 13, 2011–July 4, 2011
Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection represents the most extensive presentation of the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art in ten years: approximately 75 works of art in diverse media, including painting, drawing, photography, video, and audio. Borrowing its title from a work by artist Bruce Nauman, Human Nature surveys works by several generations of artists who have made defining contributions to the recent art landscape, from 1968 to the present. Many of the works are on view for the first time since their acquisition, including pieces by Haegue Yang, Leslie Hewitt, Rachel Harrison, Glenn Ligon, Paul Pfeiffer, and Zhang Huan, among others. The exhibition also includes works by Larry Bell, Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd, Joseph Kosuth, Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, George Herms, Betye Saar, Nam June Paik, Gerhard Richter, Mark Bradford, and many more. Additionally, the installation will incorporate some key loans to amplify and extend the selection of works from the collection.
Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, the museum’s Modern and Contemporary Art Council (MCAC) has been instrumental in acquiring many works that will be on view in this exhibition. Founded in 1961, the MCAC is the longest-running support group for contemporary art at any museum in the country. With nearly 800 works of art purchased in part or in full by the MCAC—LACMA's contemporary art holdings reflect the critical role the council's patronage plays as a cornerstone of collection development.
Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collectionis curated by Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, and Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. A series of performances and film screenings pertaining to the works will also be presented in conjunction with the installation.
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