Virtually explore the LACMA with Smarthistory as your guide
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Meet the two women behind this iconic 1936 photograph.
Was this the first modern photograph? Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage
Finding heroism amidst one of the earth's most destructive environmental disasters
The majesty of Yosemite National Park — with Roger Minick and the woman with the scarf.
Building the American dream in the California desert.
Business or pleasure? Carlton Watkins could photograph both beautifully.
The original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was miraculously produced—this mother-of-pearl version was man-made.
Cropped figures, vivid hues, and unnatural light turn a humdrum pastoral scene into an act of aesthetic rebellion.
This painting claims it is not a pipe… so what is it?
Though this photograph could be seen as a searing social commentary, its maker preferred to view it as fine art.
This wool carpet was woven for a shrine. Its dense design contains geometric patterns, floral motifs—and two lamps.