Los Angeles

United States


Website: www.molaa.com

Museum Of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach, California was founded by Dr. Robert Gumbiner in November 1996. It is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art. Through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs, MoLAA educates a diverse Southern California audience about contemporary Latin American art.

The museum is located in the newly developing East Village Arts District of Long Beach, California. Between 1913 and 1918 the site that the museum now occupies was the home of Balboa Amusement Producing Company, then the world’s most productive and innovative silent film studio. Before there was a Hollywood, Balboa was the king of the silver screen, producing as much as 20,000 feet of negative film a week. The building currently being renovated as MoLAA’s Entertainment / Education / Special Event venue may have been part of the old Balboa film studio. MoLAA’s exhibition galleries, administrative offices and store are housed in what was once a roller skating rink known as the Hippodrome. Built in the late 1920s, after the film studios were gone, the Hippodrome was a haven for skaters for four decades. The building then served as a senior health center for fifteen years. The high vaulted ceilings and beautiful wooden floors were perfectly suited for the Hippodrome's final metamorphosis into the Museum of
Latin American Art.

Permanent Collection

Throughout the past decade, the Museum of Latin American Art has been dedicated to gathering a collection of art that demonstrates the distinction and quality of fine art produced in the latter half of the twentieth century from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of Latin America.

In the early years, the MoLAA collection was formed by acquisitions from the Robert Gumbiner Foundation. Recently, the collection’s growth has been enhanced by generous donations and loans from private and public donors, by artist donations, from solo exhibitions and the annual art auction.

The exhibition presents a selection of over 75 works of art that represent the evolution of the collection from 1996 to the present art on display reflects the Latin American aesthetic of the blending of cultures—Indigenous, European and North American—seen in the portraits, landscapes, figurative representations, lyrical and mythical abstractions, constructivism and geometric art placed on view. Individually and collectively, the art profiles a history of events and is a cross fertilization of forms and techniques prevalent in our rapidly changing global society.

Important works represent leading Mexican masters—David Alfaro Siquieros, Rufino Tamayo, Arnold Belkin, Jose Luis Cuevas—and Latin American Masters—Joaquín Torres Garcia (Uruguay), Roberto Sabastian Matta (Chile), Edgar Negret (Colombia), Antonio Sequi (Argentina).
Others represent recently acknowledged contemporary artists.

Several works are by artists who MoLAA has introduced to the public in solo exhibitions such as Cesar Menendez (El Salvador), Guillermo Trujillo (Panama), Gerardo Chavez (Peru) and Jose Garc...+ [ Read all ]


Bridge to the Americas:
The MoLAA Permanent Collection
opening - June 9, 2007

In June, the MoLAA Permanent Collection will be presented as, “ A Bridge to the Americas,

Forthcoming exhibitions

La Presencia:
The Presence of Latin American Art in California Collections
June 9-August 25, 2007

MoLAA is proud to celebrate, with the exhibition, La Presencia: The Presence of Latin American Art in California Collections, our Ten Year Anniversary and Grand Opening of the museum’s final expansion designed by Mexican architect, Manuel Rosen. The exhibition will present significant works of Latin American art represented in public and private art collections throughout California.

Over the last ten-years many private collectors and public collections have assisted MoLAA to either grow the permanent collection or present temporary exhibitions. MoLAA is pleased to acknowledge California’s growing interest in the field of Latin American art, and to highlight the current trends of art embraced in the collections of California’s important museums, galleries, and collectors. Art selections include painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography from 1950 to the present within the artistic range of Surrealism to Conceptualism.

REPRESENTATIONAL ART: José Luis Cuevas, Rafael Coronel, Francisco Corzas, Francisco Zúñiga, Ricardo Martínez, Jacobo Borges, Antonio Berni, Alberto Gironella, Fernando Botero, Claudio Bravo

GEOMETRIC AND OPTICAL ART: Carlos Cruz Diez, GEGO, Julio Le Parc, Alejandro Otero, Edgar Negret, JesĂşs Rafael Soto, Omar Rayo, Carmen Herrera, Luis Tomasello

POP / NEOP POP ART: Enrique Chagoya, Nelson Leirner, Marisol, Marta Minujín, Vik Muniz, Liliana Porter, Armando Romero, Rubén Ortiz Torres

CONCEPTUAL ART: Waltercio Caldas, Luis Camnitzer, Alfredo Jaar, Guillermo Kuitca, Cildo Meireles, Ana Mendieta, Tunga, Eugenio Vargas

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General Admission $5
Seniors $3
Students with ID $3
MoLAA Members FREE
Children under 12 years FREE
Fridays Free to All

Opening hours

Tuesdays through Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mondays Closed
Thanksgiving Closed
Christmas Closed
New Years Day Closed

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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School Tours & Workshops is an integral component of the education experience at MoLAA and is a favorite program of both students and teachers. Teachers tell us the program makes a perfect complement to their K-12 school curriculum by utilizing grade and age appropriate lessons which reinforce California’s visual arts content standards.

This program includes a guided tour of the galleries immediately followed by a hands-on Art Workshop. Both the workshop and the tour review elements that give students the opportunity to create connections, relationships, and applications between the material presented to them and the visual elements they have at hand. The tour situates the students in direct contact with the artwork and engages them in multiple sensory experiences that are only accessible when art is presented in concert with dialog. One of our most popular facilitation methods is the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Method. This method ensures a developmentally appropriate experience for all, encourages the development of reasoning skills and promotes a multi-curricular connection to all subject matters and disciplines in the curriculum. Teachers are often thrilled by the results of this gallery experience!
MoLAA’s hands-on arts workshops provide an opportunity for experiential learning through creative expression. Workshops reinforce the understanding of basic elements of design, and allow students to experiment with watercolors, graphite, charcoal and collage. Student’s have a continuity of experience from the classroom to the museum to the art lab. Students take home their creative projects. School Tours & Workshops are offered at MoLAA Tuesday through Frida...+ [ Read all ]