Outside of its expertise in the realm of television and film, Los Angeles is a diverse hub with a vibrant arts and culture scene. One of the best ways to truly experience its unique artistic elements is by taking it all in where the locals flock. Whether it’s to catch the highly anticipated Obsidian Ladder exhibit at the Marciano Art Foundation or simply capture an Insta-worthy photo, it’s no surprise that the ever-evolving creativity of Los Angeles’ art scene is a hotspot for travellers.
Los Angeles Tourism has put together a list of the best art spaces to explore to make the most of your visit to L.A.
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, The Broad is an art museum that offers free general admission to its renowned collection of contemporary art, including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama, featuring two Infinity Mirror Rooms – immersive installations with LED lights reflecting endlessly inside mirrored spaces. Tip: Although entry is free, reserve a ticket online to avoid having to wait in long lines!
Museum of Contemporary Art
In celebration of its 40th birthday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is now free for all art-lovers and will be featuring The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection, showcasing a diverse range of artists – both long-standing and new – to reflect MOCA’s belief that its dedication to art has always been, and will always be, precious and unique. The museum has developed one of the nation’s most renowned permanent collections – now sitting at over 6,800 works, and growing.
Art + Practice
Founded by artist Mark Bradford, philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton and social activist Allan DiCastro, Art + Practice Foundation (A + P), is a new art and social service organization in Leimert Park. Not only is this an exhibition space for museum-curated contemporary art, it’s also a space where foster youth can receive housing opportunities, education and employment support from its foster youth service collaborator, First Place for Youth.
Skirball Cultural Center
Although it’s technically the country’s largest Jewish museum, Skirball Cultural Center has something for everyone. From a children’s interactive Noah’s Ark replica to exhibits outlining 4000 years of history and triumph of the Jewish people, this center welcomes guests of all ages.
Venice Walking Art Tour
Continue your outdoor adventure and check out the self-guided walking tour of murals and public art along the canals, boardwalk and streets, including approximately three miles of almost two dozen murals, historic and modern architecture and contemporary public art. The best part? It’s free!