I love to see art, but if it comes down to spending $20 on museum admission or spending that $20 on brunch, I will always choose brunch. Not proud of that fact, but there it is. Which is why this deal is great for people like me who want to see cool art in theory, but are probably not die-hard enough to shell out their hard-earned cash on it. On January 25th, the LA Times reports, 25 museums throughout Southern California will be offering free admission as part of the annual Museums Free-for-All program. Among them are a bunch of places where you can see great Latino artists, so mark your calendars. Here are a few:
The space is currently exhibiting a retrospective of 125 years of stunning National Geographic photography, including plenty of shots taken throughout Latin America. It will also debut an original documentary that profiles six renowned photographers whose work appears in the October National Geographic issue, including that of Cuban photographer Abelardo Morell.
This contemporary arts center is currently showcasing artists with deep ties to Los Angeles but with studios and lives rooted Latin America and Asia, in its exhibition Home Away. Among others, you can see the work of Mexican artists Camilo Ontiveros, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, and Yoshua Okón – each of whom explores aspects of US-Mexico trade, surveillance, matters of immigration and labor, and cultural and economic colonialism, and their effects on US and international policy. Works include newly-commissioned works and existing works in all disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, and video.
LACMA is always showcasing the work of Latino artists. Currently, they are exhibiting the art and films of Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, Among the most important cinematographers of the so-called Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.
This is the mother load of Latino art in the region. Check out all they have to offer while it’s free!
Other museums participating in the Jan. 25 free day:Autry National Center of the American West
California African American Museum
California Science Center
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial (Hollywood and San Pedro)
Museum of Contemporary Art
Orange County Museum of Art
Paley Center for Media
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
USC Pacific Asia Museum