Golden Hour:

California Photography from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Exhibition: June 5–September 26, 2021

In Golden Hour, over 50 artists and one photography collective offer an aesthetic approach to understanding the complexities and histories of California. These images, gathered from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), have come to define the myths, iconographies, and realities of this unique state. Pairing masters of photography with experimental practitioners in a range of lens-based media that includes photo sculpture, vernacular, and video work, the selection blurs the boundaries of the tropes that formed a California identity. With works ranging from the early 1900s to present day, Golden Hour is neither a didactic history of the state nor an inclusive tale of photographic history, but rather artists’ impressions of the state of being in, and being influenced by, California.

Introducing Local Access

RAM is proud to be part of Local Access, a dynamic, multi-year exhibition partnership between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and four Southern California institutions (including RAM), made possible by a grant from Art Bridges. Established in 2018, the Art Bridges Initiative expands access to American art across the United States. LACMA is the first institution in the Western United States to receive a grant through the Art Bridges Initiative.

Local Access will bring special exhibitions drawn from LACMA's collection to the Lancaster Museum of Art and History; the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College; the California State University, Northridge, Art Galleries; and RAM. Over the next several years, each partner will present up to three exhibitions that reframe and broaden traditional ideas about American art. This unprecedented partnership is centered on sharing collections and museum resources to establish a new model for accessible and inclusive community engagement. The exhibitions are the result of a years-long exchange and collaboration among the staffs of the institutions.

Local Access joins other multi-year, multi-institutional partnerships supported by the initiative across the nation, including those organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Detroit Institute of Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Golden Hour's Local Focus

Many of the photographers in Golden Hour will not be unfamiliar to Inland Southern California audiences. Photographers Judy Fiskin and Robbert Flick have used the region as subject and were part of RAM’s 2019 exhibition In the Sunshine of Neglect, our collaboration with the California Museum of Photography. Works by Darryl Curran are part of RAM’s collection through a generous gift by The Museum Project. Sant Khalsa, John Divola, and Amir Zaki live or work in the region. Golden Hour's photographic impressions of "the state of being in, and being influenced by, California" should make you feel right at home. We can't wait for you to see it!

Poly High School Photography Club Responds to Golden Hour

Poly High's Photography Club will showcase the student-photographers' engagement and responses to the Golden Hour exhibition this summer! Matthew Schiller, the Poly High teacher in charge of the Photography Club, is excited about the continued partnership between RAM and the club, which began in 2013. 

We are excited to see what the students come up with!

Curating California

Wednesday, June 16, 6 p.m. on Zoom (Postponed; new in-person date TBA)

Join Douglas McCulloh, Senior Curator at UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography and RAM Trustee, in conversation with Golden Hour curator Eve Schillo, Assistant Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA.

Join us for a short tour of the exhibition, plus a lively discussion on the rich and varied world of California photography.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with the Riverside Art Museum; Lancaster Museum of Art and History; Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College; and California State University, Northridge, Art Galleries.


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Local Access is a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by LACMA as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.


Additionally sponsored by: City of Riverside, Betty & Walter Parks

Image credit: Rafael Cardenas, Dos De Asada, 2010, inkjet print, 12 x 18 1/6 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ralph M. Parsons Fund, © Rafael Cardenas, digital image courtesy of the artist