Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection

Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection Aug 7, 2022–May 21, 2023

Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, California

August 7, 2022 to May 21, 2023

Featuring work by Courtney Leonard, Steven Young Lee, and Paul Scott

One of the earliest and best-preserved areas of artistic production across the globe, ceramics remain a vital field of expression and experimentation into the present. Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection explores the medium through 14 case studies, placing historical works in visual dialogue with contemporary examples to illuminate symbolic meanings, technical achievements, and resonances throughout time. The exhibition examines how artists working today relate to international artistic traditions of the medium, both through deliberate references to the past and by engaging with aspects of clay materiality that have inspired makers over the centuries. Drawing from LACMAs wide-ranging collections, the exhibition also highlights many recent contemporary acquisitions, including works by Nicholas Galanin, Steven Young Lee, Courtney Leonard, Roberto Lugo, Mineo Mizuno, Elyse Pignolet, and more.


Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 147,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the regions rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMAs spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.



Five artists featured in the show discuss their artistic practice in these short videos.