The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents dynamic exhibitions of contemporary art in all mediums and across disciplines that reveal the vibrant, untold stories in the art and culture of our time. SMMoA: the Small Museum that takes Big Risks is the only non-collecting museum in Southern California. The museum devotes its exhibition spacesâ€”the main gallery and two Project Roomsâ€”to exploring and advancing the work of important contemporary local, national, and international artists whose unique bodies of work merit sustained inquiry and recognition. The museum offers a wide range of thought-provoking lectures, symposia, gallery talks, film screenings, performances, and outstanding educational programs for people of all ages. These events have involved such renowned individuals as architects Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne, critic Dave Hickey, illusionist Ricky Jay, composer Michael Nyman, and artists Kerry James Marshall, Raymond Pettibon, Diana Thater, and the late Allan Kaprow. In addition, SMMoA diversifies its artistic vision by inviting distinguished guest curators to organize selected exhibitions. Such individuals have included Chrissie Isles (Whitney Museum of American Art), Thelma Golden (The Studio Museum in Harlem), Lynne Cooke (DIA Art Foundation), Michael Duncan (Independent Curator), and the late Walter Hopps (The Menil Collection).
Since opening in 1988, the museum has presented work by more than one thousand artists, 40% of who are artists of color and 46% percent are women.
SMMoA serves approximately 35,000 visitors a year and has an educational outreach audience of 8,000. The museumâ€™s website, www.smmoa.o... [ ]
Forthcoming exhibitionsSaturday, April 28, 2007
INCOGNITO: Exhibition and Art Sale
Saturday, April 28, 2007 marks the date of the third annual INCOGNITO exhibition and art sale to benefit Santa Monica Museum of Art, a local contemporary art museum with global reach. INCOGNITO features works created by contemporary artists in an identical 8 x 10 inch format, signed on the back. All works are for sale for $250. Only after purchase are artist identities revealed. To view the names of the artists participating in INCOGNITO 2005, please go to the Exhibition Archives section at www.smmoa.org.
May 19 - August 11, 2007
Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman, and Suzy Lake, 1972-78
Guest curator Jori Finkel
Opening Reception: Friday, May 18, 7 - 9 p.m.
Sometimes it seems like Cindy Sherman invented role-playing in contemporary art. But before she started her landmark Untitled Film Stills in 1977, other artists were already dressing up and acting out for performance, video, and, yes, photography. This exhibition is the first to focus on three of these artists - Lynn Hershman, Eleanor Antin, and Suzy Lake - who pursued some of the most dramatic self-transformations imaginable. In San Francisco, Hershman donned a wig to create an alter ego named Roberta Breitmore, a fictional character who grew so real over the years that she acquired her own driverâ€™s license, apartment, and romantic encounters. In Southern California, Antin gave birth to three "selves," including a king who reigned over the streets of Solana Beach and a flirtatious nurse who fell in with some hijackers. In Montreal, Lake posed as a sultry model for one series of photographs and, in a clear case of...+ [ Read all ]
Opening hoursTuesday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and all legal holidays.
Getting thereSanta Monica Museum of Art
Bergamot Station G1
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Located in the heart of Santa Monica, a sea-side community rich with cultural institutions, shopping, galleries, bookstores, restaurants, and a variety of entertainments, the Santa Monica Museum of Art offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy stimulating contemporary arts exhibitions and programming (current exhibitions) for all ages.
Situated only three miles from the Pacific Ocean, the museum is a unique and challenging part of any visit to the West Side of Los Angeles.
The museum is part of Bergamot Station, a historic train station transformed into a dynamic and lively arts complex unique in Los Angeles. Bergamot Station houses 33 galleries, 10 shops, and a cafe. Parking is plentiful and FREE at all times. All facilities are wheelchair accessible.
The Santa Monica Museum of Art is accessible by the City of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, routes 11 or 7. For additional information on how to reach the museum, please refer to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's website, http://www.mta.net/.
FacilitiesThe museum is wheelchair accessible. For special needs or additional information, phone 310.586.6488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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