Soviet Hippie Collection to Wende

The Wende Museum has acquired a collection of “Soviet hippie” photographs, scrapbooks, home movies, and other artifacts. The Zaltsev collection documents the Sistema, a loose network of… More ›


The New Petersen Is Like __________

Kohn Pederson Fox’s redesign of the Petersen Automotive Museum opens today. Its exterior is [like]… “the Guy Fieri of buildings” —Marissa Gluck, Curbed L.A. “a nightclub… More ›


Petersen Reopens

Don’t let the garish exterior of the Petersen Automotive Museum throw you. Inside it’s a temple to curves of extreme refinement. The updated Petersen (opening Monday Dec. 7) has a new… More ›


Museum of Neon Art Preview

The Museum of Neon Art is doing a soft launch of its new Glendale building. Through the holiday season, the MONA gift shop will be open, along with two small loan exhibitions: “It’s… More ›


Chicano Landscapes at MoLAA

This fall the Museum of Latin American Art (which has only recently broadened its mission to include Chicano art) has two exhibitions of L.A. artists of Mexican descent: “Victor Hugo… More ›


Quote of the Day: Barbara Kruger

“To be honest with you, I’ve never listened to an acoustic guide. I’d rather go to hell.” —Barbara Kruger on the Broad’s audio guide app

Barbara Kruger, "You Are a Very Special Person"

Gehry Revisits Japan

Frank Gehry wasn’t even a famous mall architect when the brand-new LACMA tapped him to design the installation for “Art Treasures from Japan,” a 1965 blockbuster. Revisiting the… More ›


Quote of the Day: Philippe Vergne

“The one word that gives my generation such vexation is the one thing I think a museum should stand for—connoisseurship. The art world is dominated by galleries, art consultants, art fairs,… More ›


Alex Israel’s “As It Lays”

Alex Israel is like Jeff Koons, only less so. The art market adores him. Curators, not so much. Despite that, Israel is having a museum moment. LACMA has put on view a large painting, Sky… More ›


Facial Recognition, Cold War & Beyond

The Wende Museum will present the intriguingly narrow and super-relevant “Facial Recognition” (Dec. 12, 2015-Mar. 18, 2016). It draws on the archive of Checkpoint Charlie guard Peter… More ›


“Rain Room” and the Art of FOMO

Random International’s Rain Room has been a hot ticket on three continents. Now at LACMA, it is high in buzz, low in critical likes. For Christopher Knight, it’s “brainless… More ›

Rain Room

Bad Art Museum Reviews

“Bad Art Museum Reviews” is a relatively new blog offering “a curated exhibition of the best worst museum and gallery reviews.” It’s mostly taken from Yelp users, a tough… More ›


Timken Buys a Zurbarán

This year San Diego museums have added two Zurbarán paintings, both of Saint Francis. The first was a 1665 work acquired by the San Diego Museum of Art. Now the nearby Timken Museum has bought an… More ›


“Treasured Textiles” at the Fowler

The UCLA Fowler Museum has another ought-to-be blockbuster. “Treasured Textiles from the American Southwest: The Durango Collection” displays some of the finest specimens of 19th-century… More ›


MOCA Miracle Mile

More scrambled museum geography from Forbes and Perez Hilton.  


The L.A. School in El Segundo

The El Segundo Museum of Art turns museology upside-down. It doesn’t have a collection or a starchitect building. Instead it has something most L.A. museums lack: pedestrian traffic. ESMoA… More ›


La Dolce Vita

On Feb. 28, 1693, Bolognese Senator Francesco Ratta threw a blow-out feast marking his retirement from politics. The pièce de résistance was a 22-foot-high sculpture in sugar. Designed… More ›


JANM Given Henry Sugimoto Collection

Madeleine Sugimoto, the daughter of Henry Sugimoto (1900-1990), has given the Japanese American National Museum a large collection of her father’s artwork and archival objects. Building on two… More ›

Henry Sugimoto, untitled