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Los Angeles County Museum of Art  

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an art museum located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles, California. LACMA is on Museum Row, adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits (George C. Page Museum).  LACMA was founded in 1961, splitting from the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art. Four years later, it moved to the Wilshire Boulevard complex designed by William Pereira. The museum’s wealth and collections grew in the 1980s, adding several buildings beginning in that decade and continuing in subsequent decades. In 2020, four buildings on the campus were demolished to make way for a reconstructed facility designed by Peter Zumthor. His design drew strong community opposition and was lambasted by architectural critics and museum curators, who objected to its reduced gallery space, poor plan, and exorbitant costs. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It attracts nearly a million visitors annually. It holds more than 150,000 works spanning art history from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series.

William Pereira Buildings

The museum, built-in style similar to Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Music Center, consisted of three buildings: the Ahmanson Building, the Bing Center, and the Lytton Gallery (renamed the Frances and Armand Hammer Building in 1968). The board selected LA architect William Pereira over the directors’ recommendation of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the buildings. According to a 1965 Los Angeles Times story, the total cost of the three buildings was $11.5 million. Construction began in 1963 and was undertaken by the Del E. Webb Corporation. Construction was completed in early 1965. At the time, the Los Angeles Music Center and LACMA were concurrent large civic projects which vied for attention and donors in Los Angeles. When the museum opened, the buildings were surrounded by reflecting pools, but they were filled in and covered over when tar from the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits began seeping in. Bed Bug Exterminator LA King

Exhibitions 

In 1971, curator Maurice Tuchman’s revolutionary “Art and Technology” exhibit opened at LACMA after its debut at the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan. The museum staged its first exhibition by contemporary black artists later that year, featuring Charles Wilbert White, Timothy Washington, and David Hammons, then little known. The museum’s best-attended show was “Treasures of Tutankhamun,” which drew 1.2 million during four months in 1978. The 2005 “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” drew 937,613 during its 137-day run. A show of Vincent van Gogh masterpieces from the artist’s eponymous Amsterdam Museum is the third most successful, and a 1984 exhibition of French Impressionist works is the fourth. In 1994, “Picasso and the Weeping Women: The Years of Marie-Therese Walter and Dora Maar” opened to rave reviews and large crowds, drawing more than 153,000 visitors. Since the arrival of current director Michael Govan, about 80% of just over 100 featured temporary exhibitions have been of Modern or contemporary art.

In contrast, the permanent shows feature work dating from antiquity, including pre-Columbian, Assyrian, and Egyptian art through contemporary art. More recent exhibits focusing on popular culture and entertainment have also been well-received by critics and patrons. Exhibitions devoted to the works of movie-directors Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick drew especially positive reactions and responses.

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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