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.
Highlights the city’s indelible impact on his creative output
Ceramic designs unifying diverse cosmological beings into one multilayered image
Using art as a powerful method of resistance
Explores how the city worked to create a cohesive civic identity
125 works examine appropriation of the past, in the context of the present
100 rare woodcuts, with related drawings, engravings, and sculpture.
Survey of work from the 1960's to the present
Modern and contemporary works that share conceptual and formal concerns
Depictions of masses, from political movements to mass production
50 examples of the painted ceramic wares of the Mimbres (850 - 1150 CE)
Revealing Rome’s impact, from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
A range of artworks, from 1838 to today, that produce the illusion of 3-d
50 chromatic drawings explore pairs of radiating colors
Work in support of the campaign to free Mooney
Artworks, sketchbooks, photographs, and archival footage illuminate his pedagogy
Some 250 works reflect two millennia of Sri Lankan history
250+ works examine the American artist's role in contemporary culture
Celebrates the revolutionary choreographer's centennial
190 panels in an eclectic array of materials in 3-d, with audio
Explores fairy tales, myths, and legends in the graphic arts
Digital simulation of a solar thermal power plant explores energy past and present