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 from the past four decades
A physical manifestation of memory
Some 30 paintings and 32 works on paper, from 1996 to today
Relationship between preliminary sketches and finished works
A range of typographic approaches from the mid-20th century to now
65 large-scale and 75 8 x 10 black-and-white “sea spaces” photographs
More than 225 artworks explore the art of Fiji
Explores the life and legacy of the great, enigmatic Ming dynasty painter Qiu Ying (c.1494–c.1552)
Photographic exploration of LACMA campus architecture, galleries, and collection holdings