Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of nearly 140,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.
LACMA’s mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods, and through the translation of these collections into meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the widest array of audiences.
LACMA has its roots in the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art, established in 1910 in Exposition Park. In 1961, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art became a separate, art-focused institution. LACMA opened its new Wilshire Boulevard location to the public in 1965, with the permanent collection in the Ahmanson Building, special exhibitions in the Hammer Building, and the 600-seat Bing Theater for public programs.
In the ensuing decades, both the campus and the collection grew considerably. The Anderson Building (renamed the Art of the Americas building in 2007) opened in 1986 to house modern and contemporary art. The Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art opened in 1988 at the east end of campus. In 1994, the museum acquired the May Company department store building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, which is now home to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open in 2019.
Since 2007, the museum has doubled its exhibition program, audience, and its campus, and has operated a satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School in MacArthur Park, where LACMA presents museum-caliber exhibitions and programs in partnership with the school and surrounding communities.
In recent years, LACMA has committed to expanding, upgrading, and unifying the museum’s 20-acre campus through the addition of new buildings, including the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) (2008) and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (2010), as well as monumental public artworks and open-air gathering places for the community. Now, LACMA is focusing on replacing four aging buildings on the east campus with a new home for the permanent collection.
With the opening of BCAM (2008) and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (2010), both designed by Renzo Piano, LACMA added 100,000 square feet of gallery space to the campus, more than doubling the museum’s exhibition space. Having first completed the expansion of the museum, LACMA is now focusing on replacing the four aging buildings on the east campus (the Ahmanson, Art of the Americas, and Hammer Buildings, as well as the Leo S. Bing Center) with a new home for the permanent collection that will breathe new life into 6,000 years of art.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor, this new building, named the David Geffen Galleries, is the long-anticipated culmination of over a decade of transformation.
The horizontal design of the David Geffen Galleries will place art from all areas of LACMA’s encyclopedic collection on the same level, so that no single culture, tradition, or era is given more stature than any other. This new building will enable a rotating series of exhibitions rather than a fixed presentation of the collection, offering visitors a multitude of avenues to explore our common humanity.
LACMA’s new building will complete a revitalized corridor of cultural institutions along Wilshire Boulevard that make up L.A.’s museum mile, including the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Learn more about the proposed design of the David Geffen Galleries.
Board of Trustees
Co-Chairs of the Board
Elaine P. Wynn
Tony P. Ressler
William H. Ahmanson
Ambassador Nicole Avant
Ambassador Colleen Bell
Dr. Rebecka Belldegrun
David C. Bohnett
Suzanne Deal Booth
Joshua S. Friedman
Lyn Davis Lear
Richard Merkin M.D.
Wendy Stark Morrissey
Janet Dreisen Rappaport
Steven F. Roth
Carole Bayer Sager
Michael G. Smooke
Jonathan D. Sokoloff
Ambassador Frank E. Baxter
Daniel N. Belin
Donald L. Bren
Robert A. Day
Camilla Chandler Frost
Julian Ganz, Jr.
Robert F. Maguire III
William A. Mingst
Sandra W. Terner
Walter L. Weisman
Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director
Melissa Bomes, Senior Vice President of Development
Fred Goldstein, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Zoe Kahr, Deputy Director for Curatorial and Planning
Diana Magaloni, Deputy Director, Program Director, and Dr. Virginia Fields Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas
Ann Rowland, Chief Financial Officer
Nancy Thomas, Senior Deputy Director for Art Administration and Collections
Diana Vesga, Chief Operating Officer
Senior Curatorial Staff
Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator and Department Head of Modern Art
Rita Gonzalez, Teri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art
Wendy Kaplan, Curator and Department Head of Decorative Arts and Design
Ilona Katzew, Curator and Department Head of Latin American Art
Linda Komaroff, Curator and Department Head of Art of the Middle East
Leah Lehmbeck, Curator and Department Head of European Paintings & Sculpture and American Art
Stephen Little, Florence & Harry Sloan Curator and Department Head of Chinese & Korean and South & Southeast Asian Art
Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head of Photography and Prints & Drawings
Robert T. Singer, Curator and Department Head of Japanese Art
Sharon Takeda, Senior Curator and Department Head of Costume and Textiles
Per the Los Angeles County Code and various operating agreements, Museum Associates, a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the laws of the state of California, manages, operates, and maintains LACMA. Museum Associates, dba Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is governed by a board of trustees which sets policy and determines the museum’s strategic direction. Museum Associates is an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Museum Associates (LACMA or Los Angeles County Museum of Art) are deductible under Section 170 of the Code, to the extent permitted under applicable law.
Organizing Documents and Strategic Plan
As an exempt organization, LACMA must file form 990 tax return with the IRS each year. The 990 information return provides financial as well as operational information about our programs and activities. The Statement of Functional Expenses (Part IX) of the return shows that 84% of our spending was devoted to program services for fiscal year 2016. Through Schedule O of the return, LACMA provides answers to various IRS questions about how we operate, our policies and procedures, and explanations of the changes in revenues and expenses from the previous year. For fiscal year 2016, Part I of the 990 shows a deficit of $25,651,856. In Schedule O, we explain that the Museum’s cash flows were actually considerably better than this since the number reflects $12,964,789 of bond interest and fees which were more than covered by cash payments on outstanding gift pledges recognized as revenue in other years, and $8,675,718 of depreciation expense and bond amortization costs, which are non-cash accounting charges. It also reflects $7,740,969 of architectural and other consultant expenses for the planning stage of a new museum facility, for which funds had been provided to the museum but not recognized as revenue in this fiscal year. Adjusting for these items, line 19 would show a surplus of $3,311,048.
Audited Financial Statements
Economic Impact Report