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

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

When LACMA was established, its mission was to transform Los Angeles in to a cultural hub of sorts. The founders of the museum and local authorities wanted promote art. The agenda was to bring international art home, but also promote local and national artists. 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. Portrait of Cecilia Tower, 1889 by James J. Shannon
2. L’Allegro, 1845 by Thomas Cole
3. Hot springs of Yellowstone, 1872 by Thomas Moran

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

– A major step towards promoting American art came with the establishment of the Art of the Americas building at LACMA. People were excited to see an entire wing dedicated to the history and culture of the United States. The collection, through several invaluable pieces, narrates the evolution of American art.
– North, South and Central American cultures are all well represented within the collection. The North American collection highlights the artistic tendencies from the period of colonisation. At the time, artists were preoccupied with portraits of aristocracy, as well as the changing landscape of their own country. Works are not limited just to painting, but also included textiles.
– The South American art collection features objets d’art rendered in various media including wood, metal and earth. These demonstrate not only the aesthetics of the early South Americans, but also reveals much about their lifestyle, their rituals and their culture.

An Update :

The Art of the Americas building was demolished in 2020. In fact, a large part of the museum’s structure no longer exists. This is part of the restructuring plan for LACMA that costs $650 million. The museum is set to re-open in 2023, where most of its collection will be displayed under one roof, instead of being in separate buildings. We at Art From Us are certainly curious to see their new curatorial plan.


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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