The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is one of Southern California’s most important cultural institutions. It is the largest art museum in the Western United States. Located in the heart of LA’s Museum Row near the La Brea Tar Pits, it features some of the best art exhibits and educational programs in the world.
Greg is a longtime member of LACMA and we are glad to support this incredible art museum, along with others like the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Any chance to visit and tour these hallowed halls is an opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up by anyone. Whether you are a true lover of classic or modern art or just want to learn more about some of your favorite artists throughout the centuries, you won’t be disappointed spending a day at LACMA.
The museum is open every day of the week (except Wednesdays) with advanced and walk-up tickets available for members and general public. Private tours are also available and LACMA offers a wide variety of educational programs for children, college classes and adults. There is almost always something new to see and do at the art museum.
LACMA was founded in 1961 and features paintings, renderings, sculptures and other captivating pieces of artwork from contemporary and classical artists from all over the world. If you can think of any famous artists throughout the ages, there’s a very good chances their work is on display (or has been featured) at this wonderful museum. The LACMA site is flanked by the La Brea Tarpits to the east. On the west side is the new Academy Museum housed in the expanded and re-imagined May Company, a prime example of Moderne architecture built in 1938 by Albert Martin (who also designed the LA City Hall).
Currently, LACMA is undergoing a major and controversial $750 million renovation and architectural re-design. The David Geffen Galleries will open in 2024 and will serve as a new home for the permanent art collection. The building was designed by Peter Zumthor, who is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect. It will be added to the other two new buildings, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Resnick Exhibition Pavilion. The Pavilion for Japanese Art was also recently renovated. Though, the original buildings have been closed and are being demolished, the museum is still operating and displaying the permanent collection. Just be mindful of construction and follow the directions and signage to find the right viewing locations for your favorite pieces.
LACMA Exhibits 2022
In addition to the permanent collection, you can find special exhibits at LACMA throughout the year. Here are a few art exhibitions happening at LACMA right now:
The Portable Universe/El Universo en Tus Manos: Though and Splendor of Indigenous Colombia
May 29 – October 2
Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America
June 12 – October 30
Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse
April 24 – October 9
What Would You Say?: Activist Graphics from Los Angeles County Museum of Art
May 6 – August 7
LACMA x Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives (Collection II)
April 18 – Ongoing
Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
March 26 – Ongoing
To learn more about LACMA, including becoming a member and planning your next visit to the museum, click here to visit their website.