Artworks in Two New Contemporary LBMA Exhibits Capture California Vibrancy


Images courtesy of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

Two new exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) are showcasing contemporary works from California artists.

Abundant, Bountiful and Beautiful: Gifts of Art to the Long Beach Museum of Art presents contemporary works collected and created in California alongside Commerce in View: Photographs of the Port of Long Beach by Tom Paiva and William Livingston, an exhibition showcasing two very different perspectives of the second-busiest container port in the country, LBMA officials announced today. Both exhibitions will run through Sunday, March 19, 2017.


Detail of Christine Nguyen’s work in Abundant, Bountiful and Beautiful courtesy of the LBMA.

Abundant, Bountiful and Beautiful exemplifies the museum’s tradition of showcasing Californian art and artists. The eclectic variety of media are recent acquisitions to the LBMA’s collection that express the vibrant energy of the region. Over 100 works on paper, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and artist books by modern and contemporary artists including Ron Davis, Matt Wedel, Christine Nguyen, Tom Knechtel, Ellsworth Kelly, William Wiley and many more are now on display.


Chase Langford, Belize, 2015, oil on canvas, 38 x 70 inches, gift of the artist. 

“The generosity of artists and collectors giving to the Museum provides the public with a portrait of the creative production that has made Southern California and the Long Beach Museum of Art an outstanding venue for the visual arts,” said Ron Nelson, executive director of the LBMA in a statement.


Tom Paiva, Conveyor System, 2004, 40 x 30 inches, Gift of the Port of Long Beach, courtesy of the artist.

Tom Paiva’s and William Livingston’s photographs of the Port of Long Beach in Commerce in View, capture the timelessness and haunting beauty of modern industrial sites and celebrate “their gargantuan forms with a startling poetic urgency,” stated the exhibit announcement. Livingston’s large-scale views of the port, captured with a pinhole camera and Paiva’s perspective captured with a large-format view camera speak to the port’s relevance.


Screenshot taken from @brittanymojo.

Last, but not least, multimedia artist Brittany Mojo has been steadily transforming the museum’s basement, also known as the Ralston Family Learning Center, into an installation interpreting her Long Beach experience. The CSULB and UCLA alumnus and LBMA artist in residence will continue working on her ever-changing installation through Friday, January 13.

For more information about the LBMA, visit the website here.

The LBMA is located at 2300 East Ocean Boulevard.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.