The Guide to LACMA Spring 2021

Night view of Chris Burden's "Urban Light" at LACMA
Chris Burden - "Urban Light" (2008) at LACMA | Photo: Discover Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has reopened its doors to the public, featuring new exhibitions and a full slate of virtual Education and Public Programs.

Visitors will be welcomed back with six new exhibitions:

  • Bill Viola: Slowly Turning Narrative (through June 27, 2021)
  • Cauleen Smith: Give It Or Leave It (through Oct. 31, 2021)
  • NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE–2020 CE) (through July 25, 2021)
  • Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera (through Sept. 12, 2021)
  • View From Here: Recent Acquisitions (ongoing)
  • Yoshitomo Nara (through July 5, 2021)

The 2020 exhibitions Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street and Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific have been extended - through August 8 and May 2, respectively.

All visitors, including LACMA Members, must purchase or reserve an advance timed-entry online ticket. Tickets may not be purchased on site. Visit the LACMA website for the museum's enhanced health and safety measures.


A new initiative, LACMA x Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives brings together artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore the histories of Los Angeles communities. Visitors can experience the augmented reality monuments at locations across LA, including LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard campus, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, MacArthur Park, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park.

"We are thrilled to again be a source of respite, solace, and beauty for Angelenos.” ~ Michael Govan, LACMA CEO & Wallis Annenberg Director

“We are delighted to welcome visitors back to the museum,” said LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. “We have a diverse and exciting program of exhibitions that are sure to inspire visitors during these challenging times. Our dedicated staff have been hard at work to modify visiting protocols, gallery flow, exhibition design, and facilities to provide a safe environment for everyone. We are closely following—and in many cases, exceeding—public health guidelines and coordinating with the L.A. County Department of Public Health. We are thrilled to again be a source of respite, solace, and beauty for Angelenos.”

"Peace of Mind" by Yoshitomo Nara at LACMA
"Peace of Mind" by Yoshitomo Nara | Photo: LACMA

LACMA will continue to engage with online audiences through LACMA @ Home, a digital space to watch, learn, listen, and browse through the museum’s virtual resources. Read on for highlights of LACMA's Spring 2021 programming, which is filled with exciting blends of art and culture.

Adult Programs

Join LACMA educators Alicia Vogl Saenz and Elizabeth Gerber for Mindful Mondays - live, virtual gatherings that encourage careful looking, the sharing of multiple perspectives, creative responses, and mindful reflection. Taking place online via Zoom, this season's events explore the connections between the visual arts, poetry, and the natural world. RSVP at the LACMA website for Mindful Monday events on May 10 and June 7, 2021.

LA native Amanda Gorman brought poetry into the national spotlight with a galvanizing recitation of her Inauguration Day poem "The Hill We Climb." In celebration of National Poetry Month, poets will draw from the vast visual language embedded in NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE–2020 CE). Hosted by Jasmine Williams, Poetry in Color will take place via Instagram Live from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday, April 21.

Led by artist Teresa Flores with certified yoga instructor Rebecca Plevin, Art Moves Yoga is a virtual session inspired by the art in NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE–2020 CE). All are welcome and variations will be provided for every skill level. Art Moves Yoga will take place via Zoom at 10am on Saturday, June 5. RSVP for this free event at the LACMA website.

Chef Chandra Williams prepares the Fijian dish ika vakalolo on Cooking with LACMA
Chef Chandra Williams prepares the Fijian dish ika vakalolo | Photo: LACMA, YouTube
Chef Maite Gomez-Rejón sips her Mango-Pineapple Mezcal Margarita on Cooking with LACMA
Chef Maite Gomez-Rejón sips her Mango-Pineapple Mezcal Margarita | Photo: LACMA, YouTube

Cooking with LACMA

Cooking with LACMA is a YouTube series that brings together chefs and culinary historians to demonstrate recipes inspired by artworks at the museum. Learn how to make chef Chandra Williams’s Fijian dish, Ika Vakalolo (in conjunction with Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific) and Maite Gomez-Rejón’s recipe for a Mango-Pineapple Mezcal Margarita that's inspired by Rufino Tamayo's painting Woman with Fruit Basket (Mujer con Canasta de Frutas).

In partnership with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, LACMA presents a cooking demo with Sonoko Sakai, author of the award-winning cookbook Japanese Home Cooking. Learn how to make chirashi zushi ("scattered sushi") and explore the theme of childhood in the exhibition Yoshitomo Nara. The free YouTube session will take place from 6-6:30pm on Tuesday, May 25.

Anthony Wilson Nonet performs at Jazz at LACMA
Jazz at LACMA | Photo: LACMA

Music Programs

Enjoy free music from home! LACMA's Music Programs are now offered digitally, including audio interviews, livestreams, playlists, and live virtual music experiences—all featuring leading international and local ensembles for classical, jazz, Latin, and new music.

Listen to the museum’s audio series of interviews and music hosted by LACMA’s Mitch Glickman—Jazz at LACMA: Meet the Musicians and Latin Sounds: Meet the Musicians—on demand, at

One of the museum's most popular offerings, Jazz at LACMA is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Presented on LACMA's YouTube channel, virtual experiences include music and interviews with John B. Williams, Bill Cunliffe, Otmaro Ruiz, and more.

From samba to danzón, mambo to salsa, Latin Sounds is your musical passport to Latin America. Stay tuned for info about this free concert series starting up again this summer.

Experience the best local and international performers—along with emerging chamber music artists—in selected encore programs from 30+ years of Sundays Live at LACMA. Streamed every Sunday at 6pm on LACMA's YouTube channel, these classical music programs are also available as downloads from LACMA's broadcast partner, KUSC.


April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in California. In celebration, FILM at LACMA is presenting a month of art documentaries, featuring museums, arts philanthropy, art movements and artists. All screenings will take place online.

Highlights include John Van Hamersveld: Crazy World Ain't It, featuring a post-screening discussion with the legendary artist; Artbound: Arts Education, developed in partnership with the L.A. County Department of Arts & Culture; and Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire, which chronicles the life of the East LA native and his impact on the Chicano Art Movement.

Family Programs

Join virtual Andell Family Sundays Anytime and be creative, discover new art, and have fun—all from the comfort of your home! YouTube tutorials include DJing with KCRW's Travis Holcombe; painting a coffee landscape with Julianna Ostrovsky; and making a flipbook zine with Elly Dallas. LACMA's Unframed blog offers fun art activities designed for families to do together - write an art poem, abstract nature drawing, and mail art.

NexGenLA is a free membership for kids under 17 years who live in L.A. County. As NexGenLA members, kids and teens can visit the museum for free anytime and bring one guest for free admission.

LACMA's teaching artists have created a wide selection of art activities for Make Art @ Home, available in multiple languages on YouTube. No special skills or supplies required.

Community Programs

The on-site Community Program is rooted in strong community building and is supported by LACMA’s teaching artists. Discover a whole new world of artistic possibilities as you improvise, create, and learn about various artists in the museum’s permanent collection with your family. Visit the LACMA website for all program registration information.

Tune in at 4pm every Wednesday as LACMA educators guide participants in fun and engaging art projects. Using materials easily found at home, workshops will be taught in English and Spanish and will introduce families to a variety of art forms that will expand their creative capacity. These events will take place online at LACMA's YouTube channel.

Art Classes at LACMA
Art Classes at LACMA | Photo: LACMA

Art Classes

LACMA offers virtual art classes for kids, teens, families, and adults. Experiment with art materials, build new skills, discover art in LACMA’s collection, and launch your imagination in fun classes led by their team of creative teaching artists. All classes will take place online via Zoom. Students are responsible for their own art materials.

Art Camps at LACMA
Art Camps at LACMA | Photo: Museum Associates/LACMA

Art Camp

Join imaginative and fun Art Camps during summer break, led by LACMA's creative teaching artists. Art materials will be provided. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required. Contact or visit the LACMA website for more info.

All Art Camps will take place online via Zoom. Virtual Art Camp is designed for children ages 6 and older. Children under the age of 12 must have adult supervision.