Photo by Rhema Gabriella
If the HeARTbeat Art Show hosted by The Board earlier this month piqued your interest for art, here are some local, creative spaces to scope out beyond the Frederick R. Weisman Museum.
The Broad is the newest contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles, right across the street from the MOCA. The inaugural installation features a collection of works by prominent artists including pop art icon Roy Lichtenstein, painter and sculpturist, Cy Twombly, and ’80s kings Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Broad houses special installations as well. Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room,” which will remain on view through September, is a dazzling experiential artwork that will leave you floored. While general admission to The Broad is free, if you’re planning to visit, either reserve advance tickets or be prepared to wait in the on-site standby line.
Japanese architect Arata Isozaki designed the MOCA on Grand Ave. in 1986 and like its building construction, the exhibition spaces typically symbolize Los Angeles pop culture. The current exhibit, titled “The Art of Our Time,” resists the market-validated rooms curated at the Broad. Instead, the MOCA generally showcases a single work per artist to ensure a multiplicity of styles. For students with ID, admission is $6. Admission is free every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Located on Melrose Ave., the edgy little gallery was founded in 2013 by musician and painter Stone Malone. The upcoming show in April is a collaborative solo exhibition titled “Opening A Dialogue — Guns For Art,” presenting famed mixed media artists. While there is no entrance fee, 15 percent of the proceeds will be going toward art supplies and education for a local elementary school. If you already frequent Melrose on Sundays to peruse the vintage finds at the Fairfax Flea Market, the Stone Malone is definitely worth checking out.
Since 2005, The Hive in Downtown LA has been a mecca for emerging talents and their eccentric artworks. Their current exhibit, “Time Machine,” curated by White Matter, explores time, space and fantasy art. Unlike most galleries, The Hive is accessible enough to the general public. With pieces available for purchase ranging from $10 to $5,000, you could take home an artwork you saw on display. There is no admission fee to visit The Hive; however, there is a $5 suggested donation on opening nights of new installations.
If you want to delve deeper into the art of different cultures throughout the world, the LACMA is the place to explore. All of the non-Western art is on view in the Ahmanson Building. The collection of ukiyo-e style Japanese prints from the Edo period and the Buddhist sculptures from all regions are just a few must-sees. One of the LACMA’s ongoing installations that has recently taken over everyone’s Instagram feed is the playful piece of light and color, “Miracle Mile,” by Robert Irwin. Finally, fans of expressive line and figurative paintings can’t miss “The Seductive Line,” which features art by Gustav Klimt’s protege, Austrian painter Egon Schiele. For students with valid ID, admission is $10.
There’s no better way to cultivate aesthetic appreciation than seeing what one of the most influential art capitals of the world has to offer.
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