Hearst the Collector: Exhibition at LACMA

From November 9, 2008 through February 1, 2009 the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art will display an exhibition of works from the collection of William Randolph Hearst.

William Randolph Hearst (1860–1951) was one of the most influential forces in the history of American journalism. Mercilessly caricatured in Citizen Kane, Hearst in reality was a populist multimillionaire who crusaded against political corruption. He fostered simultaneous excellence and sensationalism in reporting, transformed the graphic design of newspapers, and was in the vanguard of the development of newsreels. Hearst also became a conspicuous movie producer, a voracious collector, and an outstanding benefactor of the early Los Angeles County Museum.

An obituary estimated that Hearst alone had accounted for 25 percent of the world’s art market during the 1920s and ’30s. When his empire teetered near bankruptcy in 1937, the collections were divided. Half was retained by Hearst, and half became his companies’ asset, much of it to be sold. The dispersal of most of this colossal hoard over the years, and Citizen Kane ‘s freakish image, hindered a correct assessment of Hearst’s achievements as a collector, as a thrillingly imaginative patron of architecture and design, and as the greatest individual donor to the Los Angeles County Museum. A remarkable figure in American history, Hearst was part of California’s heritage and a dominant personality in Los Angeles.

This unprecedented exhibition of approximately one hundred and seventy works, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will provide a better understanding of Hearst by exploring what he owned—and why—and by reassembling and contextualizing the best of what he collected, including many of his gifts to the Los Angeles County Museum.

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Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movmement, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Through Sept. 1)

Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement

April 6, 2008–September 1, 2008 | Art of the Americas

Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement is the largest exhibition of cutting-edge Chicano art ever presented at LACMA. Chicano art, traditionally described as work created by Americans of Mexican descent, was established as a politically and culturally inspired movement during the counterculture revolutions of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This exhibition explores the more experimental tendencies within the Chicano art movement—ones oriented less toward painting and declarative polemical assertion than toward conceptual art, performance, film, photo- and media-based art, and “stealthy” artistic interventions in urban spaces. The exhibition includes approximately 125 works in all media, including painting and sculpture as well as installation, conceptual, video, performance art, and intermedia works that incorporate film, digital, and sound art. Artists featured are photographer Christina Fernandez, who documents the poetic and “phantom” in the urban landscape; Mario Ybarra Jr., who creates performances, site-specific installations and intermedia works; the “intermedia synaesthesia” of the seminal conceptual art group Asco; and the New York-based artist Nicola López, who creates dramatic installations with drawings that extend from the wall into the gallery.

The curators are Rita Gonzalez, American Art, LACMA, Howard Fox, Contemporary Art, LACMA, and Chon Noriega, Adjunct Curator of Latino and Chicano Art, LACMA, and Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was made possible in part by the Peter Norton Family Foundation, LACMA’s Art Museum Council, and Bank of America.

Additional support was provided by the Contemporary Projects Endowment Fund. Contributors to the fund include Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lidow, Ronnie and Vidal Sassoon, Steve Martin, The Broad Art Foundation, Bob Crewe, Tony and Gail Ganz, Ansley I. Graham Trust, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Barry and Julie Smooke, and Sandra and Jacob Y. Terner.