Bruce Nauman - Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn't Know - 1983 - Neon - 107 1/2 x 107 x 5 13/16 in. (273.05 x 271.78 x 14.61 cm) Modern and Contemporary Art Council Fund (M.84.36)


March 13, 2011 to July 4, 2011 –
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection represents the most extensive presentation of the museum’s permanent  collection of contemporary art in ten years: approximately 75 works of art in  diverse media, including painting, drawing, photography, video, and audio. Borrowing its title from a work by artist Bruce Nauman, Human Nature surveys works by several generations of artists who have made defining  contributions to the recent art landscape, from 1968 to the present. Many of  the works are on view for the first time since their acquisition, including  pieces by Haegue Yang, Leslie Hewitt, Rachel Harrison, Glenn Ligon, Paul Pfeiffer, and Zhang Huan, among others. The exhibition also includes works by Larry Bell, Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd, Joseph Kosuth, Bruce Nauman, Vito  Acconci, George Herms, Betye Saar, Nam June Paik, Gerhard Richter, Mark Bradford, and many more. Additionally, the installation will incorporate some  key loans to amplify and extend the selection of works from the  collection.

Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, the museum’s Modern and Contemporary Art Council (MCAC) has been instrumental in  acquiring many works that will be on view in this exhibition. Founded in 1961,  the MCAC is the longest-running support group for contemporary art at any  museum in the country. With nearly 800 works of art purchased in part or in  full by the MCAC—LACMA’s contemporary art holdings reflect the critical role the council’s patronage plays as a cornerstone of collection development.