LACMA’s Franklin Sirmans Selects His Favorite Works On Saatchi Art

We’re thrilled to have LACMA‘s head of contemporary art Franklin Sirmans guest curating an exclusive collection of art as part of our ongoing Guest Curator series. Discover his selection of works on Saatchi Art below.

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans

Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Franklin Sirmans is the department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and artistic director of Prospect.3, which is scheduled to open in New Orleans in October 2014.

From 2006 to 2010, Franklin was the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection in Houston, where the exhibitions he organized included NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith (which travelled to P.S.1 in New York and to Miami Art Museum); and before that he was co-curator of Basquiat (2005–06: Brooklyn Museum, LACMA, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston).

More recently he co-curated Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966 (Menil Collection and LACMA), Steve Wolfe: On Paper (Menil Collection and Whitney Museum of American Art).

Franklin was the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and in 2009 he received one of the first Gold Rush Award given by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He has also written essays for several exhibition catalogues, and articles and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, Time Out New York, Essence, and Grand Street.

Scroll below for highlights from Franklin Sirman’s Guest Curator collection.

"Glow in the dark" ($4,500)

“Glow in the Dark” by Cécile Van Hanja

"things she does" ($1,000)

“Things She Does” by Dieter De Greef

"Folded Squares 1" ($2,000)

“Folded Squares 1” by Nico Kok


  1. Dear Franklin,

    My name is Madalina Nicola, I live in Ann Arbor US. Shony told me to write to you you . I will be very honored if you could visit my art at:
    Thank you so much

  2. Jane Gray says:

    Dear Franklin

    Through my art (see Facebook knottheend) I raise awareness and intend to draw attention to the massive landfill/pollution issues becoming a major problem for co2 pollution of our planet along with co2e pollution of dyes going into the seas and rivers due to over production these days of cheap (supermarket) textiles.

    Along with my passion to show chickens have a personality!

    My Art is different, funky, colourful and fun and has a real Feel Good Factor.

    Thank you in appreciation & blessings,



  3. silvia kleyff says:

    i will be honored if you take a look to my art work. tx a lot!!!!!

  4. I invite you to see my work! Thank you!


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