This an outside art exhibit that anyone can see for free. It is located just outside between the Bing & Pavilion of Japanese Art. It was fun to explore this little area tucked away between the buildings.
The first one is:
Second: Anthony Caro
Third: Peter Voulkos
Fourth: Alexander Liberman
Fifth: Alexander Calder
Hello Girls, 1964
Museum Row on Wilshire Blvd in L.A. has some nice offerings. The Tar Pits get most of the attention because they are pretty unique and interesting but there are two other really nice museums right by them that should not be overlooked.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA as it's called) is a traditional art museum that has been expanding recently and adding some terrific features - new buildings to house an ever-widening collection of art styles and a really big rock, just to name a couple. If you like traditional art or the avant garde, you should come check this out. If you enjoy things with a touch of whimsy then definitely come check out the museum and you don't even need to go inside. Two of it's neatest attractions are outside to enjoy for free.
On Wilshire Blvd right in front of the museum is a unique art installation - a collection of old-fashioned lamp posts placed very close to each other. It's quite beautiful in an odd way (especially at night) and kids love running around between the posts.
Out back is the newest attraction at LACMA - Levitated Mass. Basically, it's a big rock suspended over a sunken walkway so you can walk underneath or do what most people do - go stand in front of it with your arms raised so it looks like you're holding it up;-)
LACMA is closed Wednesdays.
Across the street is the Craft & Folk Art Museum. This is a much smaller museum but it has charming exhibits. They're closed on Mondays. Check out their website in advance to see what will be on display when you'll be there so you don't miss out on something good.
**Please note! While you're there you have two excellent meal choices to choose between and good luck trying to decide because both options are DELICIOUS!
Just across the street from LACMA is where a plethora of food trucks congregate most days. You have a number of trucks to choose from - Korean BBQ, German sausages, who knows what else! Food trucks are popular for good reason - the food is unique and fantastic and usually pretty inexpensive. You can have the opportunity to try something you've never had before so go for it...
...unless that fantastic aroma in the air is drawing you over to The Counter - an amazing burger joint just across from the Tar Pits. Everything here is delicious and you can have your burger made EXACTLY how you want it. You order by checking off options on a long list of meats, buns, and toppings. So fly your freak flag proudly and create the burger of your dreams.
For contemporary art viewing, this is the place to go! Though, I haven't seen the exhibit with the Picasso's and other masters works yet. My daughter was interning here for half a year. She was involved with the events that LACMA puts on throughout the year. The photos posted here are of their Costume Ball held around Halloween. What an elaborate event they put on and it was great how everyone dressed up. Being LA, people really got creative and there were some fantastic costumes. Of course, the highlight exhibit was Tim Burton's personal works and collection. If you're in town, you should check out what is happening at LACMA, it may be worth while! Check out their website for opportunities to visit the museum for free.
LACMA is the daddy of museums in Los Angeles. Getty is the rich uncle. LACMA is the one that has always been there and in the end, the one that you should see more, though Getty does spoil you indeed.
The Wilshire Blvd museum is top-notch facility, offering a wide array of art pieces spanning prehistoric to ultra modern-day times with excellent variety of world cultures represented. Beyond the dominant framed wall painting pieces, the art lover here can encounter world-renowned sculpture, monuments, photography, prints, and textiles. As an enhanced delight, there is also an on-going film series featuring independent and artistic cinematic candy.
General admission price is $15 for adult; $10 for seniors/students, free for those 18 and younger (Of course, prices are subject to change). Unfortunately, the general prices are been dramatically hiked , however, in the case of LACMA, the art lover does get the bang for the bucks. Try to visit on the second Tuesday of each month, when admission is gratis (yeah, baby!) and during "Target Free" Holiday Mondays. Check museum website below for updates on free admission days.
Several exhibitions take place during the year, many of which draw absolute and near sell-outs at the box office. Notably, the phenomenal King Tut exhibit in 2005 and Tim Burton in 2011 wowed record crowds of the general public and discerning art aficionados alike. Exhibition admission incurs a separate cost from general museum admission and does vary according to event.
Parking costs vary. Try to arrive early to scope out metered street parking. If you don't want to bother with that, the parking garage (Pritzer Parking on 6th street) will cost you $10. Otherwise, look into taking pub trans (see bus info below)
LACMA is closed on Wednesdays.
Camera taking is allowed, so long as that annoying flash is turned off. No video or camera for exhibits, though sly phone snapping is quite possible.
There are on-site dining options and a variety of restaurants close by.
LACMA has Wi-Fi!!!
Arrive at LACMA via MTA 20 and 720(very frequent) on Wilshire. Also routes 217, 218 and 780 will get you there within a block from museum entrances.
By fwy, take the 10, exit Fairfax (head north a few miles to Wilshire)
I found this locals site before I went (www.brokela.com) and it had listings for outdoor free concerts at LACMA and some other places. That was great because I was staying near there and could chill out for cheap when I needed a break from the Hollywood madness.
LACMA is a lot more extensive than I thought it would be. It has many different departments that cover art throughout the world. I really enjoyed their Latin American and Islamic Arts section because it had a lot of archaeological pieces as well as visual art. Art of the Americas was cool as well because it had a many pieces of American history like bathing suits, lamps, and other furniture. Since the museum is so big, I was not able to see everything, but was excited to know that they have a new contemporary arts section that sounds really interesting. This place is definitely worth a visit if you like art.
The museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection—more than 100,000 works strong.
LACMA also frequently hosts film, lecture and music series and other fun events! Located next to the La Brea tar pits, and down the street from the Farmers Market and The Grove, LACMA is a fun and educational visit for everyone from the serious art-lover to families.
While spending time in the Mid-Wilshire area, head into the Craft and Folk Art
Museum, just across the "grandaddy" of LA museums, LACMA, and "auntie" Page Museum. For sake of keeping withthe familt titles, CAFAM is a little grandkid, perhaps. Although relatively small, CAFAM is full of fascinating displays that show and tell rich culture and history of the world. If elaborate paintings of noble rich people aren't your thing in a museum, you may enjoy the more humble quality of continuous exhibits at CAFAM.
All corners of the world have been on exhibit at the museum, founded in 1973.
Though generally family-friendly, some exhibits may be somewhat unsuitable for children, so parents, beware. Most kids 13 and older should be able to handle them.
Exhibits: Mithila Painting (Northern India)- very elaborate, detailed work centering on the plight of women throughout Mithil history and in modern times, with strong social and political implicatons
Celestial Ash: Assemblages - exquisite works by various artists capturing from sense of belonging and purpose from found objects which had been disregarded.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 5 pm (Summer Hours only)
Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm
General admission- just $5, $3 for seniors and children
On first Wednesday of the month, free to come in!
Free admission also on Sundays, as of 2009!
My first visit to LACMA was in the fall of 2008. The purpose of the visit was to take in the Vanity Fair Portraits Exhibit, and it did not disappoint. Of course, the photographs themselves were stellar, but the museum itself set up the exhibit in a very accessible manner. Each piece was spaced far enough from the next to allow multiple people to view and the descriptions were written in a print large enough to read from a few feet away. The exhibit was fairly crowded but the setup made it not feel cramped.
The museum is open 12pm-8pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 12-9pm on Fridays, 11am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed on Wednesdays. There is a large parking lot across the street and even on a busy day we didn’t have trouble finding a spot.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults: $12, $8 for seniors and students, with children under 17 free.
Halfway to Sta. Monica Beach, I noticed several museums lined Wilshire Blvd. These museums are clustered in the 3-block stretch of Wilshire Blvd namely; California Craft & Folk Art Museum (5814 Wilshire Boulevard), Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures (5900 Wilshire Boulevard), George C. Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Boulevard), The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Boulevard), Petersen Automotive Museum (6060 Wilshire Boulevard).
From downtown, take Rapid Bus 720 which runs the 16-mile stretch of Wilshire Blvd.
If museums do not interest you, walk a few blocks east towards Fairfax and grab a bite at Farmer's Market or do some people watching/shopping next door at The Grove. From Farmer's Market, you can take Bus 16 to downtown or another bus which will take you to the Metro Red Line.
The Dali Exhibit at the LACMA is a wonderful one! I went a few Sundays ago. Not only displaying his paintings, the exhibition highlights his cinematic efforts as well. Three of his short films are on display and looping throughout the gallery, Un Chien Andalu, L'Age d'Or and also a modern film that he worked on with Walt Disney called Destino. Definitely watch the beginning of Un Chien if you can; the opening scene is very famous! The exhibit is pretty comprehensive for how small the gallery space is; it even has some of his writings and some jewelry that he designed.
The exhibit can be very crowded on Sundays. I recommend perhaps going on a weeknight or a weekday if you have the time. It took about 20-30 minutes to see about 5 paintings on one of the gallery walls. Definitely worth the wait if you are inside, however!
LACMA has been the anchor of LA's art scene since the early 1900s when it was part of the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art. It was established in its current organization in 1961. The current facility, which is a collection of buildings, was built in 1965 to house the wide range of art styles and periods that the museum had assassed during the previous 50 years. Newer buildings include the Modern and Contemporary Art building and the Pavilion for Japanese Art, both built in the mid-1980s.
As of the writing of this tip (Jan 2007), a renovation of the Ahmanson Building and construction of new facilities was taking place. This, the first phase of the "Transforming LACMA" project is expected to be completed by the end of 2007 and will include a new entrance pavilion, the Ahmanson renovation, and the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum.
Besides its permanent collections the museum hosts many special exhibitions. During our visit in August 2006 they had a great exhibit of David Hockney portaits.
LACMA is currently undergoing renovations so a lot of what I wanted to see was closed. Check their website first to find out if what you want to see is open. What I did see wasn't really on par with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Art Institute in Chicago but it's hard to make a judgment on an incomplete collection.
There's a special exhibit running through January 7, 2007 called Breaking the Mode with pieces of contemporary fashion displayed next to classic fashion, without exception I preferred the classic fashions and found most of the contemporary fashion hideous.
They have a nice program now where admission after 5 pm is free and they are open until 8 pm every evening except Wednesday when they are closed and Friday when they are open until 9 pm. Also on Friday nights, April-December, at 5:30 pm they have free Friday Night Jazz concerts outside on their patio and on Sunday free Live Chamber Music at 6 pm in the Leo Bing Theater.
For dining, the Plaza Cafe looked like it might have some interesting food but I headed to the Farmer's Market instead. I thought it might be close enough to walk but it wasn't. Be sure to at least stop by and see the main pit of the La Brea tar pits should you visit LACMA, you can also combine with a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum.
While visiting the La Brea Pits of mammoths, sabre tooth tigers and other prehistoric animals trapped in the tar pits, this conveniently located art museum is opposite side of the road.
It is worth a visit to see some exemplary examples of modern American art in paintings, sculpture, photography, film, multi-media, fashion and special exhibition.
A great art museum next to the La Brea Tar Pits.
Adults: $9, Students: $5. Free after 5pm & the second Tuesday of each month.
Hours: Mon/Tu/Th 12 noon – 8 pm, Fri 12 noon – 9 pm, Sa/Sun 11 am – 8 pm. Closed on Wed.
4 stars out of 5.