Los Angeles is a super cool place and always full of different walks to do. In addition to all the street art spread over almost every region, the city has incredible museums and art galleries. Even though I don’t understand much of the works of art that I see, I find it very interesting to observe what artists are creating and inventing.
Taking advantage of that Paulo and I went to Los Angeles because of VidCon, we couldn’t help but walk around the city a little. I always wanted to know a little about the artistic part of the city, so I selected the places with the most interesting exhibitions and collections and I will share with you what they are 😉
Anyone who has researched about LA must have seen a photo of LACMA. The installation of several lamps, called Urban Light, in the external area of the museum is one of the most photographed places there. It is the largest art museum on the American West Coast, so imagine how huge and varied their collection is!
The museum has super diverse works, both in style and format. The works range from contemporary paintings to ancient Mesoamerican sculptures, all brought together in a single building. The architecture of LACMA is also beautiful, it is worth exploring a little of its external areas.
Another incredible museum over there is The Broad. In addition to temporary exhibitions, their collection is one of the most beautiful and fun. The Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away is the most famous of them. The room is covered with glass and small lights. The effect of the lights is so beautiful that it is as if you are in the middle of the universe!
Entrance to the museum is free, but you need to reserve your entrance ticket in advance. The demand for visits is always very high, so you need to plan to guarantee your entry. It is located in Downtown LA, so be sure to walk around the museum area – you will find several wonderful restaurants and shops.
If you enjoy more abstract art, the kind that is even difficult to understand, be sure to go to MOCA. Their collection has works dated from 1940 to the present day, so it is quite varied and with a good plurality of works. The fixed collection is usually always separated by theme, which makes it easy to know which ones you have seen and which you still want to know.
Unlike The Broad, admission is paid for it, with adults paying $ 15 for the ticket. However, admission is free every Thursday. If you want to save money and really want to get to know MOCA, try to plan to be able to visit the space on a farm 🙂
Honor Fraser Gallery
Although not well known in the city, Honor Fraser is a super interesting gallery full of very different works. Since it was founded in 2006, the gallery has been looking for young artists in search of a space to value their work.
In general, most works follow a more modern and contemporary line. Amid works by younger artists, some are already known in the area. Most of the pieces are usually paintings or photographs, but they also exhibit some more alternative sculptures.
Institute of Contemporary Art
ICA was recently opened in Downtown Los Angeles with the proposal to bring together new talent in search of an alternative space for artists. They want to connect people through art, so they offer different exhibitions, performances, workshops and tours.
Some of the works are full of meaning, as in the case of the United States map with the phrase “United States of Anxiety”. It is a criticism of contemporary society, in which anxiety has become something extremely common, in an artistic and more creative format!
Hauser and Wirth Los Angeles
Getting to know Hauser & Wirth is a double tour. The space where the gallery is located is also occupied by the Manuela restaurant. Everything is coordinated by the same group of people, so they share the place. Manuela, as I told you in a restaurant post in LA, has been very successful for the residents of the city. It is worth visiting the exhibitions and then having a good lunch!
Regarding the gallery, it usually has very varied exhibitions. For those who are traveling now (July / 2018), for example, the exhibitions are about fashion accessories, cubes in different formats by Larry Bell and a part focused on more traditional paintings and photographs.
Night Gallery creator Davida Nemeroff started the gallery in a small space in Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood in LA Since the beginning, in 2010, she wanted a space to see, discuss and appreciate art in different ways. In 2013 the gallery gained the space it still occupies, but this style underground still continues.
As it occupies a much larger space today, the gallery usually has at least two different exhibitions. Depending on when you go, you can see, in different rooms, a super different and eccentric collection, and in something more classic. Everything is always very modern and contemporary. If you enjoy this type of art, don’t leave the Night Gallery out of your script!
Even though I did not record any vlog of this trip, I am sharing our entire experience in Los Angeles on Instagram. For this reason, be sure to follow our tour there! We’re telling you lots of cool tips for anyone traveling to LA 😉