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In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, SoCal Museums announces the 10th annual “Museums Free-For-All” on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Over 20 museums - presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science - will open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. Consult individual museum websites for hours and other visitor information.
For the first-time ever, “Museums Free-For-All” is partnering with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro and explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro Bus or Rail. Go Metro to more museum destinations at metro.net/discounts.
Read on for highlights of the 10th annual "Museums Free-For-All."
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Los Angeles is home to an incomparable collection of museums. Visitors and locals alike can spend hours exploring these world-class cultural attractions and view everything from fine art masterpieces to the Space Shuttle. Best of all, museum stores offer a wide range of items so that visitors can take home a memory of their experience. Whether you’re looking for a simple coffee mug or splurging for a limited edition street banner, read on for some of the best museum stores in L.A.
CAAM’s new facilities opened its doors to visitors during the 1984 Summer Olympics, a time when the world came together to celebrate cultural diversity and common goals. The glass ceiling lobby of the CAAM, where the abundant California sunshine fills the space, creates a warm welcome for everyone who walks through its doors. Large white walls make for the perfect floor-to-ceiling exhibition space, which is filled with a rotating collection entitled the Courtyard Series. “We get to play,” says Visual Arts Curator Vida Brown with a bright smile. Visitors are immediately encouraged by the friendly museum staff to explore the courtyard’s art offerings. From Women’s Hands portrays the art of five artists, all women of color, whose work is inspired by different aspects of the female experience in society. The fragile looking metal knit dresses by Kristine Mays look almost liquid from a distance, but as one steps closer the rigid-metal links begin to speak of strength and a solid identity.
The cultural landscape of Los Angeles has been deeply influenced by African American artists and philanthropists and it continues to blossom because of them. In the visual arts scene, contributions by African American artists are plentiful and are constantly on view at many of L.A.’s world-famous museums. Read on for a guide to selected masterpieces in Los Angeles museums.
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On Nov. 3, 2014, LAMOTH is opening a special exhibit and learning experience based on original artifacts from Mona Golabek’s personal collection of photos and documents related to her book, “The Children of Willesden Lane.” The book chronicles the extraordinary life story of Golabek’s mother Lisa Jura, who as a young teen, was forced to leave her family in Vienna, travel to London in a Kindertransport and live out World War II as a refugee. The Kindertransport (German for “children transport”) was a rescue mission that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of World War II. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. In many cases they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.
Mona Golabek is an author, recording artist, radio host and internationally acclaimed concert pianist. A Grammy Award nominee, Golabek has received numerous accolades, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the People's Award of the International Chopin Competition. She is the subject of several PBS television documentaries, including "More Than the Music," which won the grand prize in the 1985 Houston Film Festival, and "Concerto for Mona," featuring Golabek and conductor Zubin Mehta. She has appeared in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Royal Festival Hall and with major orchestras and conductors worldwide.
The work of Mona Golabek and her sister, the late concert pianist Renee Golabek-Kaye, was inspired by the words their grandmother Malka said to her daughter at the Vienna train station, as Lisa boarded the Kindertransport for safety in London. "Hold on to your music," Malka told her. "It will be your best friend."
The exhibition will feature original music, audio guide narration and reflection by Mona Golabek. Admission is free. For more information, visit the LAMOTH website at www.lamoth.org.
Los Angeles has a rich Latino heritage, and the city’s vibrant Latino communities continue to influence and make lasting contributions its culture. It comes as no surprise that L.A.’s world-famous museums are teeming with outstanding artworks by Latin American masters. Read on for a guide to selected masterpieces of Latin American art at Los Angeles museums.