For the tenth annual SoCal Museums “Museums-Free-For-All” program, several of Southern California’s most notable museums will be opening their doors to the public, free of charge, on Saturday, January 31. Over 20 museums, including the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach (MOLAA), will feature the arts and culture of the diverse and myriad communities of Southern California.
The SoCal Museums “Museums-Free-For-All” program is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or parking fees. This is the first year that the program has partnered with Metro, in an effort to encourage visitors to “Go Metro” to explore their museum of choice, many of which are just a short walk away from Metro Bus or Rail. For a list of Metro discounts on museum admission throughout the year, click here.
Stuart A. Ashman, President and CEO of MOLAA, said, “‘Museums-Free-for-All’ is a wonderful initiative that allows museums in Southern California to demonstrate the importance they have for their communities. In addition to allowing all people to come in for free, it has become a regional celebration of museums and all of us who work in the cultural sector.”
Here’s what you can look forward to seeing at MOLAA on January 31, as well as Sunday, February 1, for Target Free Sundays. Say hello to an entire weekend of free Latin American arts and culture in Long Beach.
Esterio Segura’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. is an artistic expression of the Cuban-based artist’s perspective on the country’s current anxieties and its socio-economic and cultural state. The exhibition will be on display until February 22.
Showcased in MOLAA’s Project Room, Streamlined: Belterra, Amazónia / Alberta, Michigan curated by Edward Hayes Jr., showcases the work of Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin. Through a video and sound installation, Tossin examines two Ford Motor Company towns: Belterra, in the Amazon forest and Alberta, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which were built at the same time in 1935; each town produced rubber and wood for the manufacturing of the Model T in the United States.
Transformations, on display until May 24, 2015 in the Permanent Collection Gallery, gave five community members the task of choosing the artwork from MOLAA’s permanent collection that they felt best described their emotional state before and after a life-changing event. Their decisions explore topics such as dealing with cancer and gang violence.
See below for the entire list of participating museums:
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Annenberg Space for Photography
Armory Center for the Arts
California African American Museum
California Science Center
Chinese American Museum
Craft Folk & Art Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Getty Center
The Getty Villa (Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial
(Hollywood and San Pedro locations)
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Museum of Latin American Art
Museum of Tolerance (Closed on Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as part of Museums Free-for-All.)
The Paley Center for Media
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed tickets will be available first-come, first-served, subject to availability.)
The Torrance Art Museum
USC Pacific Asia Museum
William S. Hart Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum (Closed on Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as part of Museums Free-for-All.)
The Museum of Latin American Art is located at 628 Alamitos Ave and is open Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM and on Friday from 11:00AM to 9:00PM. Admission: $9.00 General/ $6.00 Students (w/ID) and seniors (65+) Members and kids under 12, Free. Free Admission every Sunday sponsored by Target. For more information about the museum, please call (562) 437-1689 or visit the museum’s website.