On Sunday, September 21, from 10am-7pm, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is hosting a free day for Inglewood residents, as well as residents in South LA, Lennox, Ladera Heights, Baldwin Hills, Hawthorne, Willowbrook, Gardena, and surrounding areas. No proof of residency is required, simply say, “I’m from Inglewood (or one of the communities noted above) and you and your group will be admitted free.
This is the culmination of the month long LACMA Art + Film event held in Inglewood this past July. Inglewood was one of 10 communities to have the Art + Film event. If you have never experienced LACMA, this is your chance to see a variety of world-class art.
In addition to the permanent galleries, we will be treated to exhibits such as: African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, the first major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts; Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice, this recently restored WPA mural and historical photographs and ephemera that trace the rich and colorful history of Venice, California; Fragmentary Tales, mysterious and tantalizingly incomplete segments of textiles from throughout history and from around the world, from Peru to Uzbekistan to China and representing a span of more than 2,000 years; and Sam Doyle: The Mind's Eye, works from a premier painter on Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, the center of the region's Gullah community, among others.
In addition to the galleries, these activities will be available: Hands-on arts activities for kids, youth, and families; Bilingual gallery tours; Video works by artist Nicole Miller, featuring Inglewood residents in the Bing Theatre; and FREE LACMA memberships for youth 17 years old and under.
There is also an art sculpture that you probably will want to see. Remember the huge rock that was moved across LA in the middle of the night in February 2012? It is the sculpture titled “Levitated Mass”, by Michael Heizer, also called the LACMA Rock. The rock is a 340-ton hunk of granite, certainly the largest rock any of us have ever had the chance to view up close. Don’t miss it while you are there on Sunday.
LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, west of La Brea Avenue. There is paid parking on both LACMA Way and Spaulding Avenue, as well as street metered parking. Additionally, we have some free parking on 6th Street, between Fairfax and S. Curson Avenue, just behind the museum.
Inglewood area residents can take the Metro 212 bus near the intersection of Manchester and La Brea and transfer to the 20, 28, 30, or 720 Metro Bus. Please visit metro.net to plan your trip.
I hope we, as a community, will come out and enjoy this wonderful gift of culture.