Exhibits & Performances in Los Angeles

Some of the most alluring art shows and museum exhibits happening in Los Angeles

April 14–September 16, 2019

Before the Broad, before the Disney Concert Hall, before gentrification, there was MOCA. Come view the 40-year history of the Grand Avenue pioneer with 40 for LA, a landmark exhibition that grants visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the trailblazing museum’s remarkable history. What started as an idea during a political fundraising event in 1979 was a reality by 1983, with its official opening. By 1990, the museum had amassed an incomparable contemporary art collection with works from Franz Kline, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and many more. The expansive show pays tribute to its past, showcasing multimedia archival works from the museum’s vault and also gives glimpses into how Japanese architect Arata Isozaki—who won the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize—constructed the museum, with its striking red sandstone façade and glass pyramid skylights. Limited-edition objects as well as pieces from the museum’s expansive permanent collection are also on view at what is still the city’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art. moca.org

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Other exhibits of note this season

The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies
Through May 5, 2019

Matthew Porter: Skyline Vista
Through May 11, 2019
M+B Fine Art

Dirty Protest: ­Selections from the Hammer ­Contemporary Collection
Through May 19, 2019
The Hammer Museum

Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance
Through May 27, 2019
Getty Villa

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
Through August 18, 2019
Annenberg Space for Photography

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983
Through September 1, 2019
The Broad