Located in Long Beach, California, the Museum of Latin American Art aims to increase knowledge and appreciation for contemporary and modern Latin American artwork. Visitors can expect an extensive permanent collection, unique exhibitions, high quality educational programs and entertaining cultural events.

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The Museum of Latin American Art, located in beautiful Long Beach, was founded in 1966 and is currently the one and only museum solely dedicated to contemporary and modern Latin American artwork in the country. The area that the museum is built on used to be a film studio for silent films and then a haven for skaters.

Since its initial founding, the Museum has more than doubled its size, adding in a sculpture garden and greatly expanding its permanent collection. Currently, it has established itself as a world-class destination for contemporary and modern Latin American Art.

Permanent Collection:

The ever-growing collection of the museum features a variety of works by hundreds of influencing and ground-breaking artists utilizing an array of mediums. Highlights of the permanent collection are on display in a special exhibit from June until September 2017.

Current Exhibitions:

En Visión: Picturing the Self: This exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum and Las Fotos Project, a community mentorship program that aims to educate and inspire young women through the artistic expression of photography. The exhibition highlights powerful photography by young women who want to share their stories and start an open dialogue. The exhibition will be on display from June through September 2017.

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray: Frida Kahlo is one of the most influential and powerful artists to ever brave the world of contemporary and modern art. Despite her continuous struggles and painful life experiences, Kahlo produced so many beautiful and life-affirming pieces that have stood the test of time. This exhibition celebrates her courage, strength, and bold perspectives on life through 50 photographic portraits taken by her lover during the 1930’s and 40’s, Nickolas Muray. This exhibition will be on display from April through September 2017.

Luis Tapia: Cada mente es un mundo: This exhibition will feature only the works of New Mexican folk artist, Luis Tapia. His vibrant and complex wooden sculptures aim to evoke a political and social commentary. Subjects explored in works include religion, politics, daily life, and the environment. This solo exhibition has been traveling to numerous U.S. museums and has been called one of the most groundbreaking representations of Hispanic Artwork. This exhibition will be on display from June through September 2017.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago: This exhibition features works by a variety of artists whose focus was on the Caribbean. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photography, video, installation art, and performance pieces in an attempt to evoke an analytical look at the thematic continuities in artwork that features Caribbean islands. This exhibition will be on display from September 2017 until January 2018.

Upcoming Events:

There are a wide variety of events hosted year-round at the Museum, almost too many to count. For more information and registration options, visit the Museum’s online calendar. Some highlights from the calendar include a tribute to Juan Gabriel, the Long Beach Zine Festival, and event nights where the museum is filled with live Latin music.

Education and Programs:

There is a large variety of educational programs for visitors to choose from. From group tours to educational resources for teachers, the list goes on and on. There is also an annual summer and culture camp for children ages 6 to 12 years. Children will visit galleries, participate in art projects, and learn about the culture and history of Latin America. The camp sessions are held annually in July.

One of the highlights of the fantastic educational programs available is The Port to Learning Gallery. This gallery is new to the Museum and is committed to educating visitors about the central topics related to its mission and the Long Beach community. There are a variety of hands on events and exhibitions that provide local emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their work and learn more about their field.

Every Sunday at the Museum, families can get in for free thanks to Target. A huge variety of festivals, activities, live performance, and workshops are scheduled every Sunday.

The Museum also accepts exhibition ideas and pieces from local artists.

Additional Information:

Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802, website, Phone: 562-437-1689

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