The Cultured Guide to L.A.’s Coolest Art Exhibits This Spring
With spring in full bloom, we thought it would be fun to share a seasonal arts and culture guide personally selected by one of our favorite Angelenos-about-town, Gabé Hirschowitz. While L.A. residents are surrounded by a seemingly endless amount of entertainment, Gabé lends insight on refreshing ways to discover engaging events and creative workshops around the city.
Art aficionados in Los Angeles may yearn for the bustling art scene of New York, but come spring, L.A. is the city to top the cultural zeitgeist. Booming with exclusive openings and sensorially eye-opening experiences, these events will add vibrancy to your weekend plans. From fine dining to garden tours, this cultural guide will inspire all art-loving enthusiasts to kick off the season with fresh inspiration. Ahead, see the 10 under-the-radar cultural sights that’ll kick off your L.A. adventure on the right foot.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles presents Wolvesmouth : Taxa, a full-sensory pop-up dining experience created by chef Craig Thornton. This five-month residency at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo is a multisensory experience that includes a nine-course meal and an incredible art installation. Food lovers and art aficionados alike will enjoy the exhibition’s commentary on the way fine dining combines food and art.
Photography is a profound means to connect with others through the use of visual storytelling. Photojournalism in particular is a valuable tool for educating the public on international matters. The Annenberg Space for Photography’s exhibition REFUGEE is a perfect example of how photography can both move and enlighten its viewer. REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees who have been dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The exhibit features photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, and the United States, among other countries.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers weekly jazz performances from April to November. Enjoy an entertaining evening outdoors with friends while listening to outstanding jazz performances by leading Southern California artists. This is the perfect event to bring your favorite snacks and a bottle of wine along to. Afterward, head over to LACMA’s Stark Bar to try its amazing cocktails—Smokey and the Bandit is my favorite.
I always enjoy Gagosian Gallery’s beautiful openings and exhibitions held around the world. The Beverly Hills space, designed by Richard Meier, is a serene blend of expansive white walls and natural wood ceilings. From April 28 through June 11, New Works by German artist Karin Kneffel will be on display at the Beverly Hills location. Afterward, I love visiting Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland a few doors down on Camden Drive. It’s a perfect afternoon when art and chocolate are involved!
The Getty Center offers daily garden and architecture tours. Discover the exquisite Central Garden designed and conceived by artist Robert Irwin, and learn more about Richard Meier's architecture and the design of the Getty Center. The museum’s numerous outdoor sculptures are a sight not to be missed, and they can be viewed all over the Getty grounds. Outdoor tours are especially enjoyable during spring when nature is in full bloom, so enjoy this experience while it’s in peak form.
Reserve your ticket for The Broad’s first special exhibition, Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life. This is the first major exhibit of Sherman’s work in Los Angeles in nearly 20 years, and the exhibition will fill The Broad’s first-floor galleries with more than 100 works drawn primarily from The Broad collection. If you’re dining in downtown L.A., I recommend heading to Otium or Grand Central Market for a tasty treat!
Join Hauser Wirth & Schimmel on Saturday, May 21, for an introductory pine-needle basketry workshop using traditional coiling techniques. You will learn the foundation for creating gorgeous baskets using various plant materials and fibers. Attendees to this event can create and collect their very own handmade keepsakes.
Have you ever dreamed of creating your own signature scent? Now you can! Join the Hammer Museum on Saturday, May 7, or Sunday, May 8, to develop your own perfume with guidance from The Institute for Art and Olfaction. All necessary materials will be provided.
Moses@90 celebrates the 90th birthday of iconic Los Angeles artist Ed Moses. The exhibition will present pieces spanning five decades. The exhibition also features a selection of never-before-seen paintings. The installation will occupy two venues: William Turner Gallery and the former Santa Monica Museum of Art building at Bergamot Station.
The Hollywood Bowl is one of my favorite outdoor venues in the entire world. I love arriving early to enjoy a delicious dinner before the show. The Bowl has an amazing lineup of shows this year, starting with English rock band The Cure. Take a peek at the Bowl’s calendar of events to explore a full list of what’s to come.
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