Newest exhibits featured at Los Angeles area museums

Tenny Minassian

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There are many museums located all around Los Angeles and the Daily Sundial has gathered everything you need to know about the newest exhibits and events occurring.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA
Location: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 857-6000

Price: Students with their school ID get access to all of the collections and most of the exhibitions for only $10. The “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” exhibition that is not covered will cost $22.

The overall collection includes art from all over the globe. Other than European sculpture and modern art, LACMA houses Japanese, Korean, Latin American, German and African art just to name a few. The photography collection includes over 15,000 works since 1839, when the technology was first invented.

“In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States,” is an art exhibition featuring from artists such as Frida Kahlo and Dorthea Tanning. The final day to tour this collection is May 6.

Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico, includes artwork and objects made by early Mexican colonials to consider the role of Quetzalcoatl in these societies, and will be on view until July 1st.

The museum also offers film screenings of Hollywood classics and some newer movies. Upcoming screenings include several versions of Alice In Wonderland, with Disney’s version shown on Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

Getty Center
Location: 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

Price: Free, parking is $15

The collection housed at the J. Paul Getty Museum includes many European and American sculptures, paintings, photographs, drawings and more. Works include the Portrait of Louis XIV, dated sometime after 1701, by artist Hyacinthe Rigaud. This is one of many painted of the king by Rigaud, with the most popular original painting from 1701 currently on display in the Louvre.
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity, takes a look at photographs of celebrities and the various portraits photographers took of them.  This exhibition displays photographs from the Getty collection ranging from the 1840s to the year 200. There will be an accompanying panel discussion titled “Are We All Paparazzi Now?”  It will take place Wednesday, May 16, 7:30pm at the Getty Center and open a discussion on what the paparazzi cultures means to society, how it is perceived by celebrities, and by consumers.

Getty villa
Location: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway  Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 440-7300

Price: Free, but you must get an advanced time ticket for this location. Visit http://www.getty.edu/ or call (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15.

The Getty Villa in Malibu focuses its collection on various Greek, Roman and Etruscan sculptures, Roman architecture, and gardens as well. With about 1,200 of their 44,000 such art works on permanent display, they have five extra galleries with constantly changing exhibitions. The artwork dates from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400 and includes objects from daily life used during those times in addition to the sculptures all around the museum.

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love will be on display at the Villa until July 9, exploring the world of the goddess of love through various sculptures and jewelry, including her Roman counterpart Venus.

Museum of Contemporary Art – MOCA

Price: See price next to each location. Under $15 for garage parking, metered parking also available on streets.

Location: Three locations
MOCA Grand Avenue  ($5 with student ID)
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA ($5 with student ID)
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

MOCA Pacific Design Center (free for everyone)
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

The permanent collection includes about 5,000 artworks from European and American contemporary artists since 1940. Artists include the abstract expressionist such as Jackson Pollock to southern California artists such as Steve McQueen.

The most recent exhibition on display at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA now until July 30th, is the CAI GUO-QIANG SKY LADDER. This is the debut solo exhibition for Cai Guo-Qiang, who incorporates pyrotechnic technology in his artwork. This exhibition includes video clips, drawings, a sculptural installation, and an outdoor explosion component.

Norton Simon Museum

Location: 411 West Colorado Boulevard  Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 449-6840

Price: Free when you show your student ID, free parking.

While smaller than the other museums mentioned, the Norton Simon is a local gem, housing the most popular impressionist and post-impressionist works from artists such as Edgar Degas and Vincent Van Gogh.  In addition, the museum’s collection includes South and Southeast Asian art, Renaissance and other artwork from the 14th to 16th centuries, and modern art including the work of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

The current exhibition is of German-born painter Hans Memling’s “Portrait of a Man”.  It displays the early Netherlandish style of painting that Memling worked with. The painting is on loan from The Frick Collection in New York and is available to be viewed at the Norton Simon until April 30.