Is It Any Good?

Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary in style…

You’d see it in the movies sometimes, where they’d depict an “art gallery” with all manner of treasures jammed into one space. Doesn’t matter what schools the artists represent. Doesn’t matter if this one thing over here is a Jackson Pollock painting and this thing over there is an Egyptian artifact, and that no Museum on Earth would every put those two items in the same gallery at the same time–

And yet, here we are…

…at least LACMA makes it fun.

50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary, does….kinda have that look going on. Inside the Resnick is an amazing wide field of pieces ranging from a Degas to Warhol.

It’s a strange look for a Museum collection, but then again…you don’t turn Fifty any old time.

Now, if you want the full background, here it is according to the LACMA Website:

50 for 50 will be the first presentation of a selection of highlights from the recent, historic bequest of A. Jerrold Perenchio, a collection of masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries by artists including Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, and others. Spanning centuries and cultures, the exhibition features gifts from more than 25 generous donors. Masterpieces on view include works by Claude Monet, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Andy Warhol as well as art from Africa and decorative arts.

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My understanding is that these pieces will be folded, over time into LACMA’s permanent collection. So over the course of the next couple of years, and over the time when LACMA closes to reconstruction itself, these pieces will have a home. But right now, they’re all in one place, and they are a sight to see. Come visit them when, and as often as you can.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Remember, this is a special and popular exhibit. If I were you , I’d target when you want to go and buy your tickets early, so you can get in and see the exhibit when you want. Nothing like arriving at the Museum at 11:00am, and having to wait until 3:00pm to get in.

Once you get in, lingering is fine…though it shouldn’t take you long to go through the whole thing, since there are only fifty or so pieces here. And since these are now permanent parts of the LACMA collection, photography (without flash) is permitted. There are one or two exceptions, but generally it’s okay.

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PARKING: Fantastically easy, but pricey. LACMA has a massive underground Garage that you can roll into for Twelve Bucks (as a Member). I’d recommend it no matter the price because it is underground, and your car won’t bake as you’re touring the classics. But there is street parking available nearby.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036

Tel: (323) 857-6000

Hours:
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Friday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm