After about a year of renovations, the Long Beach Museum of Art announced today it will reopen its Downtown location in September with a new exhibition, “Collecting Long Beach: Seven Decades from the Permanent Collection.”

Formerly, and for a stint that included the shows “Papercut” during POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018 and “CARTOMANCY: The Seni Horoscope Re-imaginedshowcasing the work of Outer Limits tattoo artist Shay Bredimus, the space was named LBMAx when it was announced that Art Exchange merged with the museum’s foundation in June 2018.

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The current announcement states the name of the 3,000-square-foot space is called LBMA Downtown. Philanthropist Josephine Molina was thanked for her generosity in supporting the museum and recognizing its “dedication to serving its community through the arts.”

LBMA Downtown will be an extension of the museum’s main campus at 2300 E. Ocean Boulevard.

“In addition to making an artistic statement and creating history, an important goal of an art institution is to educate and expand,” Executive Director Ron Nelson said in a statement. “Expanding our space means that more contemporary and beautiful works of art by established and emerging artists can be presented.”

“Collecting Long Beach: Seven Decades from the Permanent Collection,” set to open Saturday, Sep. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m., features works from 35 Long Beach contemporary artists created over the last 70 years and will be on view through Nov. 3.

LBMA Downtown is located at 356 E. 3rd St. For more information, check out the website at

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].