LA Friday Coffee for coffee and casual conversation at the LA County Museum of Art on January 7, 2011. We will be taking advantage of their free admission for LA County Residents after 5 pm. Our main goal for the evening is to take in the Olmec exhibit which closes on January 9, before it goes away.

Where: LA County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd • Los Angeles California 90036
When: 630pm, January 7, 2011

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Meet between the ticket booth and lampposts at the main entrance and then we will hit one of the coffee carts for a little sustenance before hitting the exhibit. If you are coming later, call 818-804-5049 to find out where we are. Most likely we will be in the Olmec exhibit after 7pm, though.

Here is the information on the Olmec exhibit from the LACMA.ORG web site…

Olmec civilization, which began sometime around 1400 BC, was centered in the Gulf Coast states of Veracruz and Tabasco. Olmec architects and artists produced the earliest monumental structures and sculptures in Mexico, including enormous basalt portrait heads of their rulers. The colossal sculptures in the exhibition weigh between 7 and 10 tons each.

The exhibition also includes small-scale jadeite objects that embody the symbolism of sacred and secular authority among the Olmec. Olmec artists were unsurpassed in their ability to work with this extremely hard stone, using elementary tools like chert, water and sand.

Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, is co-organized by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, LACMA, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and is curated at LACMA by Virginia Fields, senior curator of Arts of the Ancient Americas. The exhibition at LACMA will be the first presentation on the West Coast of the colossal works and precious small-scale sculptures produced by Mexico’s earliest civilization.