The VPAM Foundation and LACMA Acquire Works by Laura Aguilar and rafa esparza


Laura Aguilar, Stillness #26, 1999, gift of the Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016, jointly acquired by the Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016



Today, we're excited to share new acquisitions by Laura Aguilar (1959–2018) and rafa esparza (b. 1981). LACMA and the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) will jointly own these works, thanks to the museum's AHAN group, generous donors from LACMA and the VPAM Foundation, and the Laura Aguilar Trust. LACMA and VPAM have a long-standing partnership centered on collection sharing which has manifested through several exhibitions, including Chinese Ceramics from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017), Passing through the Underworld: Egyptian Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2018), and Mariana Yampolsky: Photographs from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2018). This joint acquisition, the first acquisition collaboration between the two museums, is a strong example of two Los Angeles institution's commitment in elevating Latinx art and artists.


Acquired works include a four-panel adobe painting by rafa esparza and 21 photographic prints by Laura Aguilar, including major pieces such as Three Eagles Flying (1990), Don't Tell Her Art Can't Hurt (Part A-D) (1993), and works from Aguilar's Nature Self Portrait, Stillness, Clothed/Unclothed, Plush Pony, and Grounded series.

Laura Aguilar, Three Eagles Flying, 1990, jointly acquired by the Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation, with funds provided by the Foundation and the Newton Family, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by Frank Masi and Donna Kolb and the Ralph M. Parsons Fund, © Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016


Laura Aguilar, Plush Pony #18, 1992, gift of the Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016, Jointly acquired by the Vincent Price Art Museum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016