Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles

Exhibition Website

Jun 25 2017 - Sep 24 2017

Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach, CA

Ben Messick (1891-1981) is celebrated for his images of life in Los Angeles during the years of the Great Depression and World War II.

He grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, served in France in World War I, studied at the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles from 1925 to 1930, and later taught there. Through most of the 1930s and 1940s Messick lived in a studio apartment at 2600 West 8th Street, and everyday scenes in the nearby MacArthur Park (originally Westlake Park) were among his favorite subjects. Other happy hunting-grounds were Pershing Square and Olvera Street.

For the expression and humor he brought to his paintings, drawings, and lithographs of ordinary Angelenos, he has been compared to Honoré Daumier, the keen-eyed chronicler of life in nineteenth-century Paris.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • American
  • 20th Century
  • Culture / Lifestyle
  • Ben Messick

Exhibition Venues & Dates