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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : LACMA : Art of the Americas Building – Art and Artefacts

Today we arrive at LACMA’s Art of the Americas Building – collection of Art & Artefacts, in Los Angeles, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The Anderson Building (now the Art of the Americas Building) opened in 1986. Named after Robert O. Anderson, the new wing was designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer. The project cost around $35 million and spanned 115,000 sq. ft. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit LACMA in Los Angeles, do not miss these.

1. Pitcher (jarra),1765-1775, Mexico by Unknown
2. Geometric forms (cubos), 1936 by Carlos Mérida
3. Vessel with hummingbird rattle, 1300-1500, Mexico by Unknown

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

– Robert Orville Anderson was an American business tycoon. In the 1980s, he was the largest individual land owner in the country. Supporting the arts was part of his many philanthropic ventures.
– In 2001, the LACMA’s board unanimously voted to demolish most of the museum’s architecture, including the Anderson building. However, due to lack of funding, this plan was never carried through.
– In 2006, Michael Govan was appointed director of LACMA. During his leadership, the museum saw a few key changes. The first was that the Broad Contemporary Art Museum opened in 2008. Just before this new chapter, the Robert Anderson building was also given a new name. The Anderson building formerly housed the museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art – which was now to be moved to the BCAM. Thus, in 2007, the building was renamed – and indeed repurposed – to become the Art of the Americas Building. The collection was to focus on art from all parts of America.

An Update :

More recently, in 2020, the Art of the America Building along with other parts of the LACMA’s original architecture have been bulldozed. Museum authorities have claimed that these old buildings posed structural problems. The demolition is part of a $650 million project to restructure and rebuild LACMA. The project has been underway and is apparently on schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing world-wide closures and lockdowns.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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