Van Gogh Added to Hammer's Fall Schedule

Vincent van Gogh, Langlois Bridge, 1888. LACMA
A late addition to the fall season is "Van Gogh in L.A." at the UCLA Hammer Museum. It consists of rarely seen van Gogh drawings from LACMA, the Getty, and the Norton Simon, installed near the Hammer's three van Gogh paintings. The loans complement a Hammer series of lectures on van Gogh by former Getty Museum director John Walsh.

Van Gogh immortalized Arles postman Joseph Roulin in half a dozen paintings. He did only three portrait drawings of Roulin, and by coincidence two are in Los Angeles, at LACMA and the Getty. As far as I know, the two drawings have never been shown together.

"Van Gogh in L.A." runs less than a month, from Oct. 8 to Nov 3, 2019. Walsh lectures on Oct. 20, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3. Lecture tickets are free but must be reserved; see Hammer site for details.
Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Joseph Roulin, 1888. Getty Museum


Anonymous said…
I'm glad the Hammer is doing this type of show. They and the Getty, along with the Simon and Huntington, now have to make up for the loss and symbolic demise of LA's encyclopedic institution.
Anonymous said…
@anonymous Can you please stop hijacking very thread and making it about LACMA? I get it: We ALL hate the LACMA redesign, but half of these posts you comment on have nothing to do about that.
Anonymous said…
At least some of this blog's entries are being commented upon. I've done postings before on my own blog, and it does help to get any kind of response now and then.

So you don't want any comments involving LA's main visual-arts museum since 1965. Okay. So where is your feedback about the Hammer?

I'm sure the blog owner won't mind your observations about that museum. Or maybe the Broad. How about the relocated art museum planned for Irvine. Even the Peterson. Maybe the Bunny museum in Pasadena?

How about feedback of when you've driven under the gloomy overhang above Olive St north of 5th that gives a preview of what the dark, gloomy overhang above Wilshire Blvd will be like?
Anonymous said…
I concur with the second post. Every time LACMA is mentioned regardless of subject matter, your posts are an excuse to segue into this weird publicity campaign about the LACMA’s redesign. EVERY TIME. It’s worn-out.
Anonymous said…
If "weird" is disgust with the ongoing destruction of the major public encyclopedic, county-owned museum in LA, then weird is a good thing to be.

And it's not just the design of the museum that's up for debate. It's the willful dismantling of other aspects of the museum too. That includes the marginalizing of its conservation lab, the downsizing of the display of its collections, the reduction in their comprehensiveness in one location (or a goal of scattering them throughout LA County), the physical separation of the curators from their galleries, and the idea that an encyclopedic collection is passe.

If those things aren't bad enough, the genius in charge of the place is stretching the museum's budget to the breaking point. LACMA is now considered one of the most indebted ones in the nation.

Weird is good. Damn good.

Anonymous said…
No one is saying you're incorrect. We're stating that your comments have almost nothing to do with half of these posts, so please stay on topic. I don't know how to explain it in simpler terms.
Anonymous said…
If people aren't as disgusted (or "weird") as they should be about the ongoing destruction of LACMA, they, for all intents and purposes, don't think what's going on with the museum is all that incorrect. Or incorrect at all. Or so incorrect as to judge a comment about the type of upcoming exhibit planned at the Hammer as generally relevant given the loss of 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Anonymous said…
I should have added that William Poundstone has been putting his time and effort into giving the public a regular rundown on what's going on with museums in LA, mainly of the visual arts. Most of his posts generate few to no replies.

Apathy? Indifference? Lack of appropriate feedback?

That deserves criticism as much as, if not more than, replies that are judged as irrelevant to his updates.
Anonymous said…
On the subject of the best museum practices, it appears MOMA (NY) is following LACMA's example. They too are ditching the encyclopedic museum model.

From the NY Times article on the New MOMA:
The new MoMA has binned the Whiggish movement-by-movement logic that William S. Rubin and Kirk Varnedoe, Ms. Temkin’s predecessors, relied on to classify the art of the last century. Now, some 60 galleries will be reconceptualized on a regular basis, with a third rehung every six months.

“It’s moving away from ideas like ‘masterpieces’ and ‘breakthroughs,’ to a kind of art history of dispersion,” observed Michael Lobel, a professor of art history at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

LACMA's detractors have tried to portray LAMCA's choices as "provincial" and worthy of derision by those in New York and elsewhere. But as it turns out, MOMA is not laughing at the new LACMA; they are copying its curatorial practices.
Anonymous said…
At least MOMA is tied to both a world-renowned collection and a healthy profit-and-loss ledger sheet. LACMA isn't.

MOMA can be drunk on occasion and survive. If LACMA tries the same thing, it's going to end up in a head-on fatal collision.