Thursday in LA: Len Lye at LACMA

This is the creepiest puppet film ever made, an experimental piece by filmmaker Len Lye in 1933.

What better way to greet the new year, than to watch a mind-blowing set of incredible abstract works by pioneering animator Len Lye. This Thursday’s Len Lye program at LACMA features rare film prints – flown in from New Zealand, there’s no admission fee (it’s FREE!) and the films are a-ma-zing.

Lye began experimenting with animation in 1929 (see his first film below) working mainly in London, until he moved to New York in the 1940s. His work was among the first to treat animation as art, and his films influenced artists in all mediums. Here’s a small taste:


Tusalava (1929)


Trade Tattoo (1937) in Technicolor

If you are in LA on Thursday, check out the Len Lye film program at LACMA, Thursday night January 3rd at 7:30pm. You won’t regret it!


  • http://artnote.blog.com Stephen

    Fascinating work.

  • rnigma

    I first saw “Trade Tattoo” on that animation show PBS ran in the ’70s, and thought it was cool then. I realized on seeing it again how it might have been an influence on MTV’s graphic style, in its own way.

  • Jonathan

    I think my favorite Len Lye film would have to be “Birth of a Robot”.