Is It Any Good?

Latin American Art at the Norton Simon in Pasadena.

The good news is that the city Los Angeles (at least the quote-unquote Anglo parts of Los Angeles) is really starting to grab onto the idea that City activities need to be for everyone.

What do I mean? Well, for example, it means that Art Exhibits are coming around to the idea that this is a deeply, deeply multicultural city, and the exhibitions need to reflect that idea.

We had the recent Latin American Art: Ancient to Comtemporary (which I kinda wish was made permanent) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was gangbusters. Now, the Norton Simon is getting in on action with Breaking Ground: 20th Century Latin-American Art.

Overall, it’s all good. I’m glad the Norton Simon is doing this. At the same time, patrons and members have got to remember, that the Norton Simon is much, much smaller exhibition space. So, while we are getting some good Latin American Artists on display, you’re only getting a room of them.

Don’t be disappointed. It’s still a good selection. They even got in a Diego Rivera…a tiny Diego Rivera, but a Diego Rivera nonetheless.  And any chance to stand in the presence of a Diego Rivera is always a good thing.

But unfortunately, you’ll be in an out of that exhibit in, at most twenty minutes. I’m pretty sure they’ll try something like this again, hopefully downstairs in the larger rotating Exhibition space.

Next time.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Just know going in what the deal is. This is going to be quick. Be at peace with that.

Also, bear in mind that the exhibition is ending Monday, November 4th. Get in there while you can.


PARKING: Tremendous. The Norton Simon Museum has it’s own massive lot, and it’s free of charge. Just pull in and park. Perfect. It fills up decently fast, especially on the weekends, but there are several levels to the lot. I have yet to come by and not find a space. I suppose you can park along Colorado if you have to, but I don’t think you’ll have to.


The Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105-1825

Monday: 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Sunday:12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

The Museum Store, Cafe and Gardens close 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing.
Admission Fees:
Adults: $10.00
Seniors (ages 62 and above): $7.00
Children (ages 18 and under): Free
Students with valid I.D.: Free
Museum Members: Free
Active Military Personnel with valid I.D.: Free
Acoustiguide Audio Tour: $3.00 per unit/Free for Members

Admission is free for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, events are free with admission and no reservations are required. Click here for a list of local museums’ free day schedule.