Vincent Valdez, El Chavez Ravine, 2005–07, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Ryland Cooder, © Vincent Valdez and Ry Cooder, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

This Week at LACMA

November 5, 2023

Vincent Valdez and Ry Cooder: El Chavez Ravine features Valdez’s oil painting on a 1953 Good Humor ice cream truck portraying the forced removal of a predominantly Mexican American community in the late 1950s. In 2004, Cooder invited Valdez to collaborate and create a painting to align with his album “Chavez Ravine” (2005), a musical interpretation of the neighborhood’s history. 

Recently acquired by LACMA, the work is a monument to a disturbing chapter in L.A. history and symbolizes struggles across the country about affordable housing, eminent domain, gentrification, and discrimination. 

Now On View

Vincent Valdez and Ry Cooder: El Chavez Ravine

Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and The Great Wall

The World Made Wondrous: The Dutch Collector’s Cabinet and the Politics of Possession

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction

Eternal Medium: Seeing the World in Stone

Matthew Barney: REPRESSIA (decline)

Modern Art

Artist Selects: Silke Otto-Knapp, The Living We Are Doing, Always Among Others

Yassi Mazandi: Language of the Birds

LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives (Collection III)

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Mark Bradford: 150 Portrait Tone

Robert Irwin: Miracle Mile

Barbara Kruger: Untitled (Shafted)

Richard Serra: Band

Chris Burden: Metropolis II

Museum Hours

Monday and Tuesday: 11 am–6 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 11 am–6 pm

Friday: 11 am–8 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am–7 pm


Member Previews—Vincent Valdez and Ry Cooder: El Chavez Ravine
Thu, Nov 9–Sat, 11 | Museum hours | BCAM | LACMA members only

Jazz at LACMA: Knick Smith Band
Fri, Nov 10 | 6 pm | Smidt Welcome Plaza 

Crafting Monuments: A Piñata-Making Workshop
Sat, Nov 11 | 10 am | Lincol Park Recreation Center

Boone Children's Gallery
Sat, Nov 11 | 11 am–5 pm | LACMA

Fiber Maker's Circle
Sun, Nov 12 | 12:30–3:30 pm | LACMA

Andell Family Sundays—Collecting Wonders (In Person)
Sun, Nov 12 | 12:30–3:30 pm | LACMA

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