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American Stories Debuts at LACMA

Thrilling tales of our country, told visually.



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    John Singleton Copley's "Watson and the Shark"; image courtesy of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

    Let us look to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, not only for our art education, for expanding our cultural ocean and growing our mind, but for everyday time management and organizational skills.

    Most places, and people, only do one major thing at once, we'll wager. But not the wonder of Wilshire, nope. "Renoir in the 20th Century" just opened on Valentine's Day. And on its heels is "American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915," which debuts on Sunday, February 28th.

    Neither Renoir or American Stories could be classified as minor exhibitions. Another museum might put up one, and then rest for a year. Not our LACMA, though.

    The show, which was put together by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, covers a large time chunk of our American-ness by highlighting household-name legends as well as those painters who never gained the glory. But what all of the artists represented in the exhibit did possess was a keen eye for capturing snapshots, via oils and canvas, of our country's moments.

    If a painter stopped by your house, unannounced, and painted one of your moments, what would he or she depict? We fear/know we'd probably be staring at a screen of some sort.

    Note to self: Do not find yourself depicted on some future museum's wall, typing "LOL" about nothing. 

    "American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915" is at LACMA from Sunday, February 28th through Sunday, May 23rd.