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.
Survey of work from the 1960's to the present
100+ works chart four decades of artistic development
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
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
FIlm introduces Alberto Giacometti's lover, American artist Flora Mayo
avant-garde designers, a hub of innovation
60 examples of Central Asian ikat robes and panels
Explores Bauhaus contributions to modern art, architecture, and design
A glimpse into the rich trajectory of Stella’s career
Film critique of the influence of capital in the art world
Works from the past four decades
the role of calligraphy in Korean society over nearly two millennia
A physical manifestation of memory
Some 30 paintings and 32 works on paper, from 1996 to today
Relationship between preliminary sketches and finished works