The Museum of Latin American Art expands knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art through its Collection, ground-breaking Exhibitions, stimulating Educational Programs, and engaging Cultural Events.
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The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled its size, added a 15,000 sq. ft. sculpture garden and expanded its permanent collection, ranging from works by Tamayo and Matta to Cruz-Diez, Los Carpinteros and Tunga.
The museum is located in the city's rapidly developing East Village Arts District. Between 1913 and 1918 the site that the museum now occupies was the home of the Balboa Amusement Producing Company, then the World's most productive and innovative silent film studio. Before there was a Hollywood, Balboa was the king of the silver screen, producing as much as 20,000 feet of negative film a week.
The building that was renovated as MOLAA's Entertainment / Education / Special Event venue may have been part of the old Balboa film studio. MOLAA's exhibition galleries, administrative offices and store are housed in what was once a roller skating rink known as the Hippodrome. Built in the late 1920s, after the film studios were gone, the Hippodrome was a haven for skaters for four decades. The building then served as a senior health center for fifteen years. The high vaulted ceilings and beautiful wooden floors were perfectly suited for the Hippodrome's final metamorphosis into the Museum of Latin American Art.
Portfolio Series, launched in 2017, will display a rotating series of guest master works by modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino artists. Select work is presented in The Contemplation Deck, a rotating gallery space that inspires critical…Read More »
Judithe Hernández is a founding figure of Los Angeles muralism, who, after many years as an exhibiting artist in Chicago, maintains a prolific studio and public art practice in L.A. This exhibition presents recent pastels on paper by Hern&aacu…Read More »
This exhibition will unite multiple local histories—of Long Beach, the Pike Amusement Park district, the US Navy, LA Chicano culture and tattoo art. Through the personal stories of 6 community members, INK: Stories on Skin will shed light…Read More »
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean ArchipelagoRelational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, curated by Tatiana Flores, is MOLAA’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition. It is a major survey …Read More »
MOLAA is pleased to inaugurate The Portfolio Series with Mondongo. Mondongo is a collective of young Argentine artists established in 1999 by Agustina Picasso, Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha. They began exhibiting internationally in 2004 and th…Read More »
For over 100 years, MOLAA has been a center of creativity, entertainment, art, and innovation. On this location in the early 1900s, Balboa Studios became the cradle of the West Coast silent film industry. In the following decades, these grounds…Read More »
En Visión: Picturing the Self is a collaborative exhibition between MOLAA and Las Fotos Project, a community-based mentorship program that educates and inspires teenage girls through photography. The exhibition highlights the work of women who…Read More »
Multicultural Festival: Artventure Target Free Kick off the summer season with a family event that highlights the cultural diversity found here in Long Beach! MOLAAâ€™s Multicultural festival will highlight a variety of community partners, music, foo…Read More »
Jose Raul Anguiano Valadez was a notable Mexican painter of the 20th century. He also belonged to the generation of Mexican muralists who continued in the tradition of Diego Rivera, JosÃ© Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros while experimenting…Read More »
Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art Works from the Bank of America CollectThis survey exhibition of approximately 95 works takes a close look at paintings, prints and photographs created over the past eighty years. The exhib…Read More »
Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, better known simply as Korda (1928–2001), was a Cuban photographer remembered for his famous image Guerrillero Heroico of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. MOLAA’s Project Room exhibition f…Read More »
Mexico: Fantastic Identity 20th Century Masterpieces From The Femsa Collection Curated by Emma Cecilia GarcÃa Krinsky Mexico: Fantastic Identity provides a unique platform from which to embark on a journey through the various art movements that were…Read More »
This exhibition has been curated by MOLAA Curator Idurre AlonsoEsterio Segura (Cuba, b. 1970) has studied at the Escuela Elemental de Artes PlÃ¡sticas and the Escuela Provincial de Artes PlÃ¡sticas y Ballet, both in Camaguey, as well as the Instituto…Read More »
Marcela Armaâ€™s Project Room will include her work Resistencia, 2009, as well as other works produced exclusively for the exhibition. Resistencia, 2009, is an installation consisting of a set of steel cords and sensors that create a heating resistan…Read More »
Curated by Idurre Alonso The exhibition will presents works of art by several artists from San Pedro and San Juan and will also include new artworks produced specifically for the exhibition. At the same time Transversal Paths presents the works of ot…Read More »
The Collaborative: Distant Parallels Curated by MOLAA Assistant Curator, Edward Hayes, Jr. MOLAA presents painting, photography, video and installation by five emerging Los Angeles-based artists; Adriana Baltazar, Ramiro Gomez Jr., Miguel Angel MejÃ…Read More »
Whims and Absurdities is a playful look at MOLAAâ€™s Permanent Collection. It will feature a selection of pieces from the collection by artists who employ humor, absurdity and the fantastic to tell personal, regional, and universal stories. The exhib…Read More »
Organized by Museo Frida Kahlo and Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli Curated by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio Frida Kahlo, Her Photos is a selection of 200 images from the 6,500 which are part of the Blue House archive. These photographs served as memories t…Read More »
EL JUEGO DEL ENGAÃ‘O. DE PETROLEO, FUTBOL Y OTRAS APUESTAS / A GAME OF DECEPTION. OF OIL, SOCCER AND OTHER BETS This exhibition has been curated by MOLAA Curator Idurre Alonso The first Project Room exhibition of 2014 will be by the artist Marcos Ram…Read More »
Mi Querido Mexico (My Beloved Mexico) Photographs By Manuel Carrillo This exhibition has been curated by MOLAA President & CEO Stuart Ashman Manuel Carrillo was born in Mexico City in 1906. His photographic work serves as an important social docu…Read More »
Organized by Museo Estudio Diego Rivera, MexicoCurated by Adriana Zavala and Rachael Arauz and James OlesLola Ãlvarez Bravo (1903-1993) was one of Mexicoâ€™s most prolific photographers, with a career that spanned nearly fifty years and combined com…Read More »