Study Center for Photography and Works on Paper

To make an appointment:

Review the visit guidelines below, then contact studycenter@lacma.org with your preferred dates and anticipated number of visitors.

Guidelines for class visits (PDF)
Guidlines for research visits (PDF)

Join the conversation: #StudyLACMA

Inaugurated at LACMA in fall 2015 with the generous support of The Fredric Roberts Foundation, the Study Center supports the museum’s mission to collect, conserve, exhibit, and interpret works of art.

Like most museums, LACMA can display just a fraction of its holdings in the public galleries. Light-sensitive works on paper (photographs, prints, and drawings) comprise some 55 percent of the collection of Western art but can only be exhibited for short periods of time.

In the Study Center, visitors are able to encounter a wide range of artworks ordinarily stored in boxes and drawers, from vintage photographs and Old Master prints to contemporary drawings and rare posters.

 

Study

Visitors are welcome to schedule a class visit or an individual research appointment, and attend public programs that will periodically take place in the center.

High school and college level instructors may schedule visits for their classes to view works on paper from LACMA’s holdings. Individual scholars may schedule visits to view works on paper related to their particular areas of interest. Visits are generally held Monday, Tuesday, and Friday during the hours of 2pm-5pm.

We recommend that visitors begin an initial search of LACMA’s collection of works on paper here. (Please note, the website currently includes records for about 80% of the museum's total collection; we may have works in the collection that are not yet represented on the site.)

Conservation

The Study Center serves as a prototype for future facilities integrating display, study, storage, and conservation activities.

In the glass-walled studio, LACMA’s conservators, scientists, and collection managers work on the preservation, documentation, and treatment of the collection.

 

Storage

A portion of LACMA’s photography collection (including the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection) is housed behind the conservation studio in custom-designed boxes, shelves, and drawers.