In 1968, 38 notable artists, designers, filmmakers, architects, and other creatives gathered on the steps of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a “family portrait.” The group represented “what was then a fledgling artists’ community at a museum that had opened a mere three years earlier,” writes Vanity Fair in its December issue, which features a re-creation shot by Art Streiber.
Art’s version has nearly twice as many people. And he had to scout a new location, as the stairs in the original photo are now gone. He chose “an intimate corner on the east side of the Renzo Piano–designed Resnick Pavilion, anchored by a palm tree from Robert Irwin’s Primal Palm Garden,” notes Jennifer King, associate curator of Contemporary Projects in a LACMA blog post on the shoot.
King goes on to describe how Art and his team strategized to accommodate 68 people in a single shot (see his collaged mockup below) and what the shoot felt like (“convivial”), and she includes a behind-the-scenes video produced by a colleague. Go here for more.
The new family portrait includes six people from the original photograph: Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Tony Berlant, Frank Gehry, and Mark and Michael Whitney. Among the well-known artists in the new portrait are Catherine Opie, John Baldessari, and Alex Prager. Afterward, Art shot portraits of everyone, and a handful of those images are below. View the complete portfolio here.
Go here to read the Vanity Fair piece and to watch their BTS video of the shoot.