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Arts & Museums
What began as a display of personal art collection belonging to noted art collector/ actor Vincent Price, has blossomed into a full-fledged, multi-story museum with more than 9000 pieces of artworks in its possession. Owned by the East Los Angeles Community College, the museum houses these artworks at its third floor permanent gallery, each of which reflect various cultures from across the world. These includes work on paper, canvas, as well as three-dimensional artworks collected over four decades. Apart from the permanent collection, the museum also hosts contemporary art exhibitions as well as various cultural events throughout the year. A must visit attraction for the admirers of art, visit their website to know more.
Self Help Graphics & Art is a community visual arts center that was started by a small group of artists working out of a garage in East Los Angeles in the 70s. Its goal was to create art that showcased the cultural heart of the Los Angeles Chicano community. The community embraced this idea and many more artists got involved over the years. It has achieved national recognition for its contribution to Chicano art and cultural awareness. Artists can use the printmaking facilities and there are community outreach programs to draw more people into the world of arts. The on-site Galeria Otra Vez presents local artists to the community. There's also a shop selling prints, artwork and crafts.
Specializing in stained glass work, the Judson Studio is situated in the Highland Park Section, Los Angeles. The studio was founded in the 1890s by William Lees Judson along with his three sons. It has composed, invented and installed various shapes of architectural glass. The studio stands as one of the most distinguished experts in the said field. It is host to various events that tend to enhance the practical knowledge of the art. Special hour-long tours are offered weekly.
The Heritage Square Museum is a kind of preserve for Los Angeles' endangered buildings, the chronology of homes and history that is found in this outdoor museum spans from 1865 to 1914. Since then, four major structures have been moved to the site, including the Hale House, the Octagon House, the Knudsen House and the Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church. Call ahead or check the website for visiting hours.
The Southwest Museum is the country's foremost center to come and see the history and art of the American Indian, stemming from Alaska to South America. The exhibitions display art and installations, such as teepees and traditional costumes. You can even get cultural information regarding the American Indian and there are a host of Hispanic, Latino and Spanish artifacts. The main focus is on the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica and the West of America. The museum also has an annual Navajo Rug auction, which is worth checking out.
Known as the city's oldest surviving police station, the Highland Park Police Station is a great place where a number of big cases were handled. Currently the structure is a Los Angeles Police Museum that features uniforms, badges, squad cars, bullets, original jails, etc. The museum is accessible to the public from Monday through Fridays 10a to 4p and also third Saturdays of each month from 9a to 3p.
The Huntington, the former home of a railroad tycoon, is many things—an extensive library filled with rare books, a large art collection containing numerous European prints and paintings, botanical gardens of almost unmatched splendor and a forum for regular lectures and other activities. You will also find a fine bookstore, cafe and tea room on the grounds. Come and wander through the 150 acres of colorful gardens, lily ponds and beautiful sculptures. The rare books and manuscripts in the library include some of the earliest editions of Shakespeare's works, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum and the Ellesmere manuscript of one or more of Chaucer's greatest works.
The Kolor Graphics Bureau and its associated gallery is a mecca for contemporary art lovers. Throughout the year, the gallery hosts a number of local as well as international artists. Current artists in residence include Joe Bravo, Leo Limon, Ignacio Gomez among others, The collection also includes pieces by photographers Johnny G and Luis Garza. A hub of modern art, the KGB offers an excellent studio and exhibition space. For more information about the upcoming collections or simply the space itself, do visit their website.
Founded in 1904, this world class astronomical research facility sits high atop Pasadena and it is home to the 100 foot Hooker Telescope, as well as the world's most powerful optical telescope array.
In business since the 1920s, Poulsen Galleries has been managed by the same family for four generations now. They have an interesting collection of European and American paintings, some of which date back to the 19th century. You can also browse through some of their vintage prints and engravings. On offer are also, estate appraisals and their services for cleaning and restoration of old paintings. This friendly gallery is definitely a good hang-out option for aspiring artists and art collectors.
Nestled in the neighborhood of Highland Park, the Public Fiction is an art venue. This studio takes the off beat path and focuses on experimental art; it encourages amateur artists to display their work here. Apart from that, it also hosts fun gigs like dance parties, film screenings, karaoke sessions and live music concerts. For more details, check website.
Witness the best moments in human life vividly captured in the lens by famous artists. Candiec Jean, Cody Comrie and Kube are some of the brilliant artists who have showcased their exhibitions at The R&R Gallery. This art haven is definitely a must-visit for connoisseurs.