As museums continue to stay temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art provides an assortment of content through its online platform LACMA @ Home.
Each week, LACMA @ Home gets updated and museum staff curate art, activities, videos, quick reads and more for a specific theme. This week’s programming focused on teaching viewers the importance of participating and being part of something greater than yourself whether that’s art, some form of activism or watching a film with loved ones.
A family favorite returns to LACMA in a new color, as LACMA recently acquired Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s “Penetrable BBL Bleu.” Soto had a lifelong fascination with space, color and the importance of viewer participation to activate and complete the work of art.
LACMA made available a short documentary featuring Soto’s “Penetrable BBL Bleu.” In the video, Soto described his motivation behind the artwork and why he values the importance of viewer participation.
On July 21 at 4 p.m., LACMA hosted its “Racism is a Public Health Issue” — an examination of the impact of police brutality on Black communities in the age of COVID-19. Organizations For Freedoms, GYOPO, LACMA and StopDiscriminAsian helped organize this virtual conversation.
Panelists Dr. Eraka P. Bath, associate professor and vice chair for equity, diversity and inclusion for the department of psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA; Ava DuVernay, filmmaker and founder of ARRAY; Darnell Hunt, professor and dean of social sciences at UCLA; and artist Rashid Johnson had a conversation addressing the ways in which racism and discrimination create chronic physical and emotional health conditions.
Christine Y. Kim, LACMA curator of contemporary art and GYOPO co-founder, introduced the panelists and Naima J. Keith, LACMA vice president of education and public programs, moderated the discussion.
In addition, LACMA’s free educational learning series, Make Art @ Home, has produced a lesson on creating marble painting. Inspired by how artists Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis experiment with chance, children can create their own unexpected paintings using marbling techniques.
For information, visit lacma.org.
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