Virtually explore the LACMA with Smarthistory as your guide
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Mark Bradford’s 150 Portrait Tone was conceived after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer in July 2016. The title refers to the name and color code of the pink acrylic used throughout the painting. Like the now-obsolete “flesh” crayon in the Crayola 64 box, the color “portrait tone” carries inherent […]
Finding heroism amidst one of the earth's most destructive environmental disasters
Meet the two women behind this iconic 1936 photograph.
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?