The Best Things to do in Los Angeles - Part 6: Art
Our fifth installment of the Cityguide series is Arts. Last but not least, let’s take in a couple of film programs on offer at the LACMA.
Everything needs a little lift now and again. With the huge monetary injection provided by super patron of the arts Eli Broad, LACMA has been undergoing a ten-year face-lift, also known as the Transformation. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the first phase of the project - the BP Grand Entrance open-air pavillon filled with lampposts and visible from Wilshire Boulevard, as well as the three-story, 60,000-square-foot Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) - opened in early 2008. The BCAM’s inaugural installation featured works by Richard Serra, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons (one of Broad’s favorites), and many more.
Be sure to take some time and see the LACMA’s impressive collections of Asian and Islamic art, as they are amongst the most significant in the world. If you’re in the mood for different art forms, come enjoy the live jazz during summer months or take in a movie or two at the Bing Theater.
Note: With more than 100.000 art objects dating from the ancient times to the present day and located on twenty acres in a complex comprised of seven buildings, the LACMA is the largest museum in the western United-States.
From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).
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5905 Wiltshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues. 323-857-6000 www.lacma.org