Founded in 1965, the Museum is located on a 20-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles. More than 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present are housed in five major buildings. LACMA is the largest and most comprehensive art museum in the western United States.
Strengths include Japanese art, modern and contemporary art, Latin American works from pre-Colombian to present, a significant collection of Islamic art, and a naturally lit, open-plan museum space with a rotating selection of major exhibitions.
The grounds also include a 600-seat theatre for public programs.
Whether you go or not, the illustrated guide to LACMA. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (2003) is written by the curators of the museum and accompanies reproductions of works from each of the museum's eleven departments, integrated into five sections: Asian, European, Latin American, American, and modern and contemporary art.
Works across a range of media, from installation and sculpture to performance and video
Earlier and recent works expose a style shift from semi-abstraction to full abstraction
120+ works of 18th-century Mexican painting explore seven main themes
300 objects represent architecture and design interconnections between California and Mexico
Ceramic designs unifying diverse cosmological beings into one multilayered image
Two spectacular Persian carpets, displayed sequentially
German and Austrian prints and drawings made in 1917 and 1918
Two photographic series deconstruct the iconography of the American West
Explores the history of collecting strange stones in China
Using art as a powerful method of resistance
Recent findings at Teotihuacan's three main pyramids and residential compounds
125 works examine appropriation of the past, in the context of the present
100 rare woodcuts, with related drawings, engravings, and sculpture.
Members of Hockney's family, staff, and close friends in paint
Modern and contemporary works that share conceptual and formal concerns