Santa Monica

United States

Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave

CA 90404
Phone: 310.586.6488
Fax: 310.586.6487

Santa Monica Museum Of Art


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 spaces—the main gallery and two Project Rooms—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 museum’s website, www.smmoa.o... [ Read all ]


Each year, SMMoA organizes three major exhibitions of mid-career or established artists, while the two Project Rooms provide a vital platform for emerging artists from Los Angeles and abroad. The museum has presented such ambitious projects as Alfred Jensen: Concordance, the first West Coast exhibition of this renowned abstract painter’s work; Freestyle, a ground-breaking survey of emerging African-American artists; Rosamond Purcell: Two Rooms, a provocative installation that investigated the shifting
definitions of art and science across centuries; Pat O’Neill: Views from Lookout Mountain, a critically acclaimed survey of work by one of LA’s consummate experimental filmmakers; Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle, an examination of seminal Beat-era California artists; Dark Places, an experimental approach to the group exhibition featuring seventy-five artists and architects from around the world;

Exhibitions (9)

Click on the images to enlarge


Forthcoming exhibitions

Saturday, 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

May 19 - August 11, 2007
Identity Theft:
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 driver’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 hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and all legal holidays.

Getting there

Santa Monica Museum of Art
Bergamot Station G1
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.586.6487 fax

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.

Bergamot Station
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.

Public Transportation
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,


The museum is wheelchair accessible. For special needs or additional information, phone 310.586.6488 or email

Museum internal and external photos (5)

Click on the images to enlarge

News and events

Tickets now available for INCOGNITO 2007
Saturday, April 28, 7-9:30 p.m.

One of the most popular art events in Southern California returns on Saturday, April 28 when SMMoA hosts its third annual INCOGNITO, a unique exhibition and art sale of works in an 8"x10" format created by hundreds of acclaimed local, national, and international contemporary artists. All the works in INCOGNITO are $250 each and signed on the back. People must "trust their instincts" to guide their selections as artist identities are revealed only after purchase. The logo for INCOGNITO 2007 is designed by Raymond Pettibon.

New this year is a ticket package that allows the purchaser to preview the works in advance of the official exhibition and sale.


SMMoA offers engaging arts experiences for young people, families, and educators, including: ART and: a free teacher enrichment program; Emerging Artists Family Workshops, hands-on courses led by notable artists for children and families; Kids’ Art Station, an onsite workshop for children four years and up; Park Studio, a free outreach program offered to neighborhood middle and high school students during spring break; and Wall Works, a free collaborative project that invites acclaimed local artists to work with teachers and students in the creation of a public artwork exhibited at SMMoA’s Neighborhood Outreach Gallery at Santa Monica Place. A short film about a recent SMMoA Emerging Artists Family Workshop can now be seen on YouTube ( The film can also be viewed on the education section of the SMMoA website,


Membership with the Santa Monica Museum of Art allows you the opportunity to experience art and culture firsthand at a dynamic kunsthalle. With membership comes a chance to meet and be a part of the ongoing discussion with important artists, curators, and scholars from around the world that are involved in our program. You will enjoy exhibitions and educational programs, as well as a wide variety of special events that incorporate the social and the cerebral. Your membership also ensures that we can continue to provide you with this broad range of quality programming.