ARTS & CULTURE
Located in Downtown’s Arts District, A+D is the only LA-based museum that continuously exhibits progressive architecture and design. 900 E. Fourth St., LA, 213-346-9734; aplusd.org
BLUM & POE
Set in an unlikely location, between Culver City and Mid-LA, Blum & Poe, part of an international trio of contemporary galleries, is LA’s premier destination for abstract art. 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310-836-2062; blumandpoe.com
This Arts District gallery features an international roster of contemporary artists working in painting, photography, and sculpture, many of whom have featured work (and repped the gallery) at the London and New York Frieze and Art Basel Miami Beach art fairs. 805 Traction Ave., LA, 213-6251747; theboxla.com
Discover prominent postwar and contemporary art at The Broad, a sprawling, 120,000-square-foot museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to showcase their expansive private collection. 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-232-6200; thebroad.org
Part of a global network of 15 galleries, Gagosian was introduced to LA in the ’80s and has been a destination for premier modern and contemporary art ever since. 456 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-9400; gagosian.com
THE GETTY CENTER
Perched atop a hill overlooking its famed Central Garden, The Getty Center offers exquisite European and American art against a backdrop of modern design and breathtaking city views. 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310-440-7300; getty.edu
Seated majestically atop Mount Hollywood, the iconic Griffith Observatory offers guests a close look at the cosmos through telescopes, exhibits, and live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. 2800 E. Observatory Road, LA, 213-473-0800; griffithobservatory.org
The most high-profile of UCLA’s three public arts institutions, Westwood’s Hammer Museum features cuttingedge lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances in addition to a rotating roster of internationally renowned exhibitions. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-4437000; hammer.ucla.edu
HAUSER WIRTH & SCHIMMEL
The LA location of international contemporary and modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth, this recent Downtown arrival also boasts the city’s first Artbook bookstore, a Book & Printed Matter Lab gallery space for its publishing arm, and open-air gardens and courtyards.
INSIDER TIP: Cap off a visit with lunch at onsite restaurant Manuela, which adapts locally sourced produce to a menu celebrating the American South. 901 E. 3rd St., LA, 213-9431620; hauserwirthschimmel.com
In addition to impressive collections of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, this research and education nonprofit (more properly known as the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens) boasts rare books and manuscripts and more than 120 acres of gardens and grounds.
INSIDER TIP: Head to the Huntington Art Gallery for a look at Thomas Gainsborough’s rococo masterpiece,
The Blue Boy (1770). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626-405-2100; huntington.org
Standing as the largest art museum on the West Coast, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers Angelenos a look at more than 120,000 works, spanning from antiquity to the present day. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-857-6000; lacma.org
LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER
One of the nation’s largest performing arts centers, this celebrated venue includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave., LA, 213-972-0777; musiccenter.org
This NYC-based contemporary art gallery planted its LA flag with a splash, renovating (with local architecture firm Standard) a mammoth, 50,000-square-foot former factory into an arts complex of exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, and project rooms, just across the Los Angeles River from Downtown’s Arts District. 300 S. Mission Road, LA, 323-406-2587; maccarone.net
Housing significant and challenging contemporary art created after 1940, MOCA offers an ambitious program of exhibitions and educational programs. 250 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-626-6222; moca.org
Housed in a 6,200-square-foot warehouse just north of a tangle of railroad junctions at the southern edge
of Downtown, industrial-chic Night Gallery (founded in a Lincoln Heights strip mall in 2010) continues to blaze an avant-garde trail through the LA gallery scene—and remains a bustling late-night hangout for the city’s top young artists and curators. 2276 E. 16th St., LA, 323-589-1135; nightgallery.com
A Hollywood gallery mainstay since its 1989 founding, Regen Projects exhibits sculptures, paintings, installations, and prints from some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists, including Doug Aitken, Anish Kapoor, and Richard Prince. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 310-276-5424; regenprojects.com
The renowned German gallery debuted its only US outpost in LA last year, making a kunst mark on Miracle Mile (across the street from LACMA) with its roster of more than 60 German and American modern and contemporary artists, including David Ostrowski, Analia Saban, Ryan Trecartin, Frank Stella, and Bernd & Hilla Becher. 5900 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-634-0600; spruethmagers.com
VENUS OVER LOS ANGELES
While Venus’s NYC exhibition space focuses on established artists, its 14,500square-foot DTLA gallery trains its eye ahead (naturally) on the lesser-known, more emerging artists influencing the cultural zeitgeist of LA and beyond.
INSIDER TIP: Look out for the gallery’s outstanding exhibition publications. 601 S. Anderson St., LA, 323-980-9000; venusovermanhattan.com
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts offers first-rate theater, dance, and music in a magnificent 70,000-square-foot venue. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-246-3800; thewallis.org
WILDING CRAN GALLERY
In a gallery-saturated Downtown Arts District, Wilding Cran sets itself apart by featuring two exhibition spaces: a main gallery representing its core group artists, and a second, called Unit B, that serves as a creative project space, often hosting residencies for experimental (and non-Angeleno) artists. 939 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 213-553-9190; wildingcran.com
As part of the mega SoCal art initiative “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” this fall, MOCA presents “Anna Maria Maiolino,” the Brazilian artist’s first major US museum retrospective, covering her vast career through the lens of Brazilian history and every postwar art movement of the last century to the present.
SoCal veggie fave Café Gratitude comes to Canon Drive with a soulfully pristine space and, well, uplifting cocktails such as I Am a Star (right), exclusive to the BH location.