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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : LACMA : Outdoors

Today we arrive at LACMA’s Outdoor collection, in Los Angeles for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

LACMA started off as the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art in 1910. About 50 years later, it became an independent art-focused institution and opened its premises at Wilshire Boulevard. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view at LACMA, as part of their Outdoors collection.

1. Eve, 1881, cast 1968 by Auguste Rhodin
2. the prodigal son, 1884/1894-1899, cast 1967 by Auguste Rhodin
3. Monumental Head of Jean d’Aire, 1884-1886, cast 1971 by Auguste Rhodin

Image courtesy for artworks : LACMA

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • LACMA’s main goal and mission is to provide access to global art and culture, locally. They promote meaningful conversation around the subject through a variety of programs.
  • Viewing art is as much an outdoor sport as it is an indoor activity at LACMA. Sprawled across their 2 acre property are several outdoor art works. This set up is not only practical – in that it allows the museum to display massive sculptures that would be difficult to find inside a building. But, also is a treat for the eyes for any visitor.
  • The Ahmanson Building located on Wilshire Boulevard is home to several thousand artefacts from around the world, and through the centuries. LACMA takes pride in calling these objects their permanent collection.
  • Apart from this, the impressive campus also consists of the Japanese Pavilion, the Hammer Building, the Bing Theatre, the Art of the Americas building and several others. However, the buildings are not the only places the art is housed.

A Final Thought

From a curatorial perspective, having an outdoor collection of art enables LACMA to provide their patrons with a truly immersive visual experience. One that is uninterrupted and ever-flowing.


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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