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Capturing Communities: ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN

June 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Image Credit: Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum Acquisition Fund, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN is co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.




Organized in conjunction with ED RUSCHA/NOW THEN, this program will begin with a presentation by one of the exhibition curators followed by a walking tour that invites participants to photograph architectural features of the neighborhood, applying some of the curatorial concepts.

This presentation and walking tour invites participants to use their own cameras to capture architectural features of the West Adams neighborhood following a talk by Rebecca Morse, curator of  ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN.

Co-presented with AIA Los Angeles, this event takes place in person at Architecture for Communities Los Angeles.

Ed Ruscha has consistently held up a mirror to American society by transforming some of its defining attributes—from consumer culture and popular entertainment to the ever-changing urban landscape—into the very subject of his art. In 1956, Ruscha left Oklahoma City to study commercial art in Los Angeles, where he drew inspiration from the city’s architectural landscape—parking lots, urban streets, and apartment buildings—and colloquial language.

As his first comprehensive, cross-media retrospective in over 20 years, ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN traces Ruscha’s methods and familiar subjects throughout his career and underscores the many remarkable contributions he has made well beyond the boundaries of the art world. The exhibition includes his early works produced while traveling through Europe, his installations—such as the Chocolate Room and the Course of Empire presented at the Venice Biennale in 1970 and 2005, respectively—and his ceaseless photographic documentation of the streets of Los Angeles beginning in 1965.


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June 1
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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