Photo by Barack Obama (Pete Souza)
Photo by Gina Pollack (Lari Pittman)
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Pete Souza has taken nearly two million photos of former President Barack Obama -- from when Obama was in the Situation Room the night Bin Laden was killed, to meetings with world leaders, to tender moments with Michelle, Sasha and Malia. Souza’s book documenting Obama’s historic presidency includes more than 300 images. He talks about the highlights, and whether he took to Instagram to troll President Trump.
Ken Gonzales-Day spent two years driving around Los Angeles, documenting hand-painted signs, street art, graffiti and murals. The images tell us a lot about history, race, and identity in LA. The photos are on view at the Skirball Museum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a collection of exhibits and performances celebrating Latin American and Latino art in Southern California. The show is called Surface Tension.
Edgar Arceneaux is from South LA, went to art school in LA, and grad school at CalArts. He teaches at USC, and runs a nonprofit in Watts. Arceneaux’s work deals with history and identity -- through drawings, video, installation.
Edgar Arceneaux, artist, USC
Lari Pittman’s work has been shown at every major museum in LA. He’s on the board at MOCA and the Hammer. He’s been a tenured professor at UCLA since the late ‘90s. Museum director Lisa Phillips says that Lari Pittman is one of the most important painters of his generation because he bucked the minimalist trend before it was fashionable to do so.
Lari Pittman, Los Angeles-based contemporary artist
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