The arts in 2017: Pictures of the year

Clockwise from center: Lisa Batiashvili; theater and TV writer Diana Son, “The Hubble Cantata”; Lou Harrison tribute in Joshua Tree; theater and TV writer Marco Ramirez; “Time Alone” actress Tonya Pinkins; “Archduke” playwright Rajiv Joseph with friends.
(Los Angeles Times)

In the arts world, 2017 was a year of smooth moves — including all of the emotions, poses and personalities richly captured by the cameras of Times photographers. They froze in time the animated baton and seemingly infinite expressions of Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. They clicked with Kyle Abraham, the dance troupe leader who struck a curious pose against an Eagle Rock coffeehouse wall. Ai Weiwei, “Hamilton” hitting the West Coast, Yuja Wang getting silly at Universal Studios — here are just some of the pictures of the year.

Demian Bichir
Actor Demian Bichir starred in the Mark Taper Forum's revival of "Zoot Suit," about Mexican Americans in L.A. arrested and tried en masse after a 1942 killing. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
The art story of the year: Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Here, Dario Canul from the Tlacolulokos artist collective in Oaxaca, Mexico, uses his palm as a palette while finishing a mural in the Central Library. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
Yo-Yo Ma
How does a single person own the vast stage of Hollywood Bowl? With astounding talent, as Yo-Yo Ma proved in September, commanding the audience's attention for three hours with an intimate, spiritually intent performance of the six Bach cello suites. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Yayoi Kusama
Some critics may not have loved the Yayoi Kusama "Infinity Mirror" exhibition at the Broad museum, but fans flocked to it. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
Joshua Henry
Joshua Henry brought Aaron Burr to life in the national tour of "Hamilton," telling The Times that the highlight for him is seeing children of color lined up to meet him at the backstage door. Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
Michael Luwoye
Henry's costar, Michael Luwoye, described himself as an introvert who once thought his "weirdness" and "oddities" prevented a career in theater. Soon he'll be filling Lin-Manuel Miranda's shoes on Broadway. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
Yuja Wang
When The Times asked to spend an afternoon with celebrated pianist Yuja Wang, she surprised us with her suggestion of locales: Universal Studios Hollywood, where she posed in front of a New York backdrop. Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
Homeless piano man in Union Station
Readers responded to a story about another pianist, Matthew Shaver, a homeless man who drew crowds playing on a piano set up in Los Angeles' Union Station. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
Ai Weiwei
Artist Ai Weiwei, in Southern California for the release of "Human Flow," his documentary about the global refugee crisis, peeked through the shadows in Beverly Hills. Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Kyle Abraham
Choreographer Kyle Abraham found a brick wall in Eagle Rock to strike his pose. Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Don Jose (Riccardo Massi) weeps after killing Carmen (Ana María Martinez) in Los Angeles Opera's "Carmen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times
Speed dating El Sugundo Museum of Art
Back in January, single women reacted to their own relationship drama when an art-themed speed-dating night drew no men. Unfazed, the women turned the event into a night of female camaraderie. Here's to better luck in 2018! Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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