Unknown, Jar with Dragon and Clouds, Korea, 1700–1800, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with Museum Funds, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Los Angeles - 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.
August 7, 2022–May 21, 2023
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),. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA; © Steven Young Lee
Posset Pot with Crown Cover, England, Lambeth, circa 1685. Earthenware with tin glaze and enamel (Delftware). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.85.143a-b. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA
Karl L. H. Müller for Union Porcelain Works, Century vase, c. 1876, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Acquisition Fund and Museum Acquisition Fund, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
Roberto Lugo, LA: A Century of Gangsta, 2018, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Wexler Gallery and the artist, © Roberto Lugo, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA