Downtown Los Angeles offers so much more than just celebrity sightings, upscale shopping, fabulous restaurants, and late night clubbing. It’s also a cultural mecca known for incredible, world-renowned museums and art galleries. To help guide you to the most inspiring exhibits, we’ve compiled this list of some of the most exciting and moving art shows to see in LA during 2017.
This powerful exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum commemorates the 75th anniversary of an historic miscarriage of justice. On loan from the National Archives, the exhibit showcases two pages of the original Executive Order 9066 along with Presidential Proclamation 2537 – a key legal precursor that required aliens from the enemy countries of Germany, Italy, and Japan to register with the US Department of Justice. Civilian Exclusion Orders were then publicly posted across the West Coast to alert all individuals of Japanese ancestry of their imminent, mandatory removal, beginning with the infamous words, “Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestry…” Other original documents from that time period, documentary videos, and contemporary art by Wendy Maruyama and Mike Saijo round out the exhibit.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art brings its innovative Art Across Borders exhibit to visitors starting this September, celebrating The Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (NuMu) in Guatemala, that country’s first and only contemporary art museum. A complete replica of the inventive, egg-shaped museum – offering a maximum capacity of just 4 visitors – will be transported 3,000 miles from Guatemala, to be displayed in LA for local and visiting art enthusiasts to experience for themselves.
Discover a cultural art phenomenon that has elicited passionate responses worldwide at The Broad’s very first special exhibition. The exhibit explores the renowned Japanese 88 year old artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms – immersive, mirror-lined chambers filled with glittering, seemingly endless arrays of LED lights. The overwhelming sensory experience of being surrounded by limitless space makes Kusama’s work popular with both established art lovers and those who are new to modern art experiences.
Featuring almost 80 joyful, figurative paintings featuring images of African Americans pursuing their daily lives, this 35-year retrospective of painter Kerry James Marshall – a child of the civil rights era who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 – this is an impressive new exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art. The highly accomplished artist’s stunning paintings include exquisite portraits, lush landscapes, and images of historical events focused on ebony black figures that fill the paintings with a sense of authority and belonging, Marshall’s exceptional mastery of representational and figurative painting has led to a body of work that exudes beauty and dignity.
Embark on this journey into the mind and soul of celebrated outsider artist Martín Ramírez, a Mexican-born immigrant diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1930s and confined to California state hospitals. Over the course of the thirty years he spent institutionalized, this inspiring artist produced a vast collection of work featuring detailed drawings and collages showcasing spatial tension and linear rhythm in a manner compared to the likes of Sol LeWitt, Wassily Kandinsky, and Frank Stella. From horses, trains, and tunnels to Madonnas and saints, his subject matter is both simple and unexpected.
Whether you lean toward modern art or more classic styles, you’ll find an exhibit to delight and move you in downtown Los Angeles. For more information on local museums and exhibits, simply ask the knowledgeable concierge at The London West Hollywood for helpful tips and directions during your stay.