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26 things to do in LA this summer

Tour Malibu’s first beach house. Have rooftop drinks. Explore a rainbow pavilion at the tar pits. Hike Beachwood Canyon’s secret stairs.

LACMA architect Peter Zumthor comments on museum’s revised design

In an interview with a Zurich newspaper, Zumthor says he hasn’t read any criticism of the project.

County unanimously approves $117M for contested LACMA redesign

Supervisors and celebrities defended the redesign: "LACMA must be allowed to chart its path, lead its growth, and protect its collection."

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Mapped: 44 museums offering free admission this weekend

If you needed an excuse to visit one of these spots, you found it.

New exhibit captures memories of ’90s teen culture in East LA

Guadalupe Rosales is creating a new historical record—where the people included control the narrative.

The artists and developer who put Inglewood’s arts scene ‘on the map’

Now, as Inglewood becomes irresistible to developers, house hunters, and major sports franchises, some artists wonder whether they’ll get priced out.

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38 remarkable places to encounter public art in Los Angeles

From Santa Monica to the Valley, we’ve picked 39 of our favorite pieces—some well-known and some under the radar.

Landmarking Arts District lofts ignores Japanese American history, artists say

Since the 1970s, the old factory on Traction Avenue has been an incubator for Japanese American artists.

City greenlights LACMA’s expansion into South LA Wetlands Park

A new outpost of the museum should open within the next two years.

These black-and-white photos capture the artistry and impact of Los Angeles architect Paul R. Williams

Janna Ireland spent a year shooting the prolific architect’s work. Her photos will be on display at Woodbury University’s Hollywood Boulevard outpost.

Haas Brothers want to bring invite-only art showroom to Adams-Normandie

In an appeal to be heard next week, the artists say their space would bring "vital economics and prestige" to the neighborhood.

Art Share L.A. embarks on makeover of its industrial building in the Arts District

The former textile recycling factory is home to galleries, performance space, and artists who live on site.

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Lucas museum is coming to Los Angeles

News about the MAD-designed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is set to open in 2021 at Exposition Park.

LA City Council unanimously approves Lucas Museum: ‘It will inspire generations to come’

City leaders love the Lucas Museum, and they gave it a resounding endorsement today, green-lighting the plans in a 14-0 vote.

Oddly captivating photos show furniture left on the sidewalks of LA

Photographer Andrew Ward has been photographing the abandoned items for years. Now, he’s working on a book of the images.

Marciano Art Foundation: LA’s bold new museum is now open

We’re taking you inside the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, a spectacular building that has been closed off to the public for decades.

New exhibit will showcase portraits of architectural greats, from Julius Shulman to Zaha Hadid

The portraits were shot by Todd Eberle, a longtime "Vanity Fair" photographer. The exhibit opens this week in Hollywood.

Museum of Ice Cream coming to the Arts District

The wildly popular New York exhibition will arrive in Los Angeles for five weeks starting April 22.

New Downtown LA apartments offering one lucky artist a rent-free loft for 6 months

It’s part of an artist-in-residency program at the recently completed OLiVE DTLA building in South Park, where rents range from $2,024 to $3,696 per month.

Targeted by anti-gentrification activists, Boyle Heights art gallery shutters

Activists have succeeded in forcing out one gallery: "We hope the rest of the galleries follow the example set by PSSST [and] leave Boyle Heights."

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The last artists’ haven in Los Angeles

As skyrocketing rents in Los Angeles continue to squeeze renters farther into the outskirts of the city, the Antelope Valley is positioned to become a new frontier for emerging artists—if they can get over its terrible reputation.

LAPD investigating tagging of Boyle Heights art galleries as possible hate crime

But activists say the real hate crime is gentrification

This new underwater art show in Santa Monica is BYOS (bring your own snorkel)

Visitors will take in the submerged art exhibition from the water, swimming above and around sculptures, videos, photos and more.

The Autry Museum unveils new galleries with its first show on a Native American woman

A Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer, teacher and political activist, Mabel McKay was also an expert basket weaver. The exhibition focusing on her and her work is not to be missed.

LA-themed art for people who love Los Angeles

Here are seven cool prints, photographs, and other pieces of art to put your love for Los Angeles on display.

Mini Los Angeles: 11 must-see models of local icons and landmarks

The models are not only of places, but important scenes from history. With LA’ ever-evolving landscape, these tiny, tangible representations of "what was" and "what still is" make them an important historical record of the city.

Naked Donald Trump could be yours

The provocative statue of a nude Donald Trump installed on Hollywood Boulevard earlier this month will be auctioned off in October. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go toward the National Immigration Forum.

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See inside the surreal home of artists Marion Peck and Mark Ryden

Pop artists Marion Peck and Mark Ryden open up their home to Curbed LA in advance of a big move to the Pacific Northwest. Featuring a wildly eclectic design style, the unique residence is a work of art unto itself.

See the 1930s Brown Derby sign restored and relit

The neon Derby hat sat atop the Hollywood and Vine location of the famed Brown Derby restaurant—birthplace of the Cobb salad—until the eatery's closure in 1985. Now in the collection of the Museum of Neon Art, the sign has been refurbished and relit.

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Mapped: Where to Find LA's Public Art Biennial

This weekend, LA's first citywide public art show will open, and it all centers on the theme of water. Installations will spring up across the city, at places like the LA River, Echo Park Lake, and Hansen Dam, and be up for the next month.

Hollyhock House will be taken over by psychedelic art this weekend

LA-based artist Aaron Axelrod is showing his colorful work in Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece to the public this weekend for free. He says he was inspired by his experiences using ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogenic.

Inside Venice’s one-of-a-kind Mosaic Tile House

A new video explores the creative partnership behind the Mosaic Tile House in Venice. Once an ugly little one-story home, it has been transformed over the last two decades by artist couple Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran.

These beautiful photos will make you want to visit a museum this weekend

Los Angeles museums spend the day bragging about each other on Instagram, and the results are ravishing.

WeHo Rooftop covered in 50 mannequins

It’s a statement on the shootings in Orlando, where 50 people died. The artist says he wants to shock and motivate: "I wanted people to see as the biggest shooting in American history, what that might look like."

LA recruits artist to help reduce traffic deaths

Sound artist Alan Nakagawa will work with the city's transit agency on its initiative to eliminate traffic deaths in Los Angeles. Nakagawa wants to teach better etiquette to users of LA's streets and bring art displays to LADOT headquarters.

Purple Rain Falling For Prince in LACMA 'Rain Room'

Artists Random International made the request on Twitter last night and the museum was happy to oblige. Today the rain falls purple in honor and memory of Prince and it's sexy and ethereal just like he would've wanted.

Watch a Street Artist Take on Homelessness in LA

Artist Skid Robot is trying to raise awareness about the rising homeless number of homeless people living in Los Angeles by makes homeless camps look a little more like home. A new video from Fuse offers a glimpse into his creative process.

New LA Library Card Designed by Shepard Fairey

The Los Angeles Public Library's card was long overdue for an update, so known library booster Shepard Fairey and artist Cleon Petersona have designed a new version featuring Downtown's beautiful Central Library.

Famous 'Freeway Lady' Mural Reborn off the Freeway

Kent Twitchell's 1974 "Old Woman of the Freeway" mural was destroyed twice. Plans to bring it to a Sherman Oaks site failed when public art-hating neighbors protested. But now he's finally recreated the famous work at LA Valley College.