The multimillion-dollar complex in the heart of Downtown’s Arts District presents museum-caliber exhibitions in a gallery setting. With typically three concurrent exhibitions per quarter, its stellar shows bring big names—post-war female abstractionists, Calder sculptures—alongside up-and-coming artists and local luminaries. The 24,000-square-foot also features a bookstore, garden and restaurant, Manuela.
Looking for a nude survey exhibition or a one-of-a-kind Marcel Duchamp show? Los Angeles is the place to be. Whether it’s sculptures that take you through decades of women’s art, photography shedding light on social justice issues or new artists creating aesthetically pleasing creations for the masses, these galleries are putting on a show nearly every day of the week. Best of all, they’re free and open to the public—unlike some of the most essential museums in L.A. With an eclectic mix of art to choose from in nearly every corner of the city, from Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles, there’s something for every art connoisseur to love—and for any non-art-lover to be intrigued. Look for opening receptions or “artist talks,” which typically get scheduled at the beginning of new exhibitions, for a unique chance to mix and mingle with the artist and hear firsthand what inspired her work.