The Long Beach Museum of Art presents Vitality and Verve: In the Third Dimension and is once again one of the first museums in North America to feature urban contemporary artists that will transform the gallery space with ephemeral murals and three dimensional works creating a fully immersive experience within installations. An ambitious collaboration with POW! WOW! Long Beach, the exhibition builds on the success of the Museum’s highly acclaimed summer 2015 Exhibition Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape which showcased local and internationally celebrated artists. Read more ›
In The News
KCBSTV reporter Stephanie Simmons interviewed LBMA’s Executive Director Ron Nelson and participating artists on the Vitality and Verve: Transforming The Urban Landscape exhibition that was held at the museum in 2015. Read more ›
The LA County Channel’s LA ArtZone program recently featured the Long Beach Museum of Art. Host Yomary Cruz interviewed Executive Director Ron Nelson and Director of Collections & Exhibitions Sue Ann Robinson on the history, current exhibitions and more at the museum. The LA County Channel is a source for news and information impacting the lives of the over 10 million people who call Los Angeles County home. Read more ›
LOS ANGELES — The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation, on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art, is an exhibition that examines the influence of flawed patriarchs and fathers on American history and American families. F. Scott Hess, the impresario whose poisoned family tree is rooted in this minefield of questionable Americana, plays the role of an American Joseph Beuys: an artist/critic who re-fashions cultural relics to mythologize his own life, excoriate patriarchy, and invent alternate histories. Read more ›
The Long Beach Museum of Art is currently featuring the work of children in an exhibit entitled Concepts of Beauty. The show was curated in partnership with Millikan High School’s museum studies program, and it explores the meaning of beauty in all of its forms. The exhibit opened June 8 and will run through Aug. 31. Read more ›
As large wooden crates arrived at the Long Beach Museum of Art on a recent morning, Echo Park artist F. Scott Hess reached inside one of the boxes to carefully pull out a historic family heirloom. It was a gray Confederate cavalry jacket that once belonged to his ancestor, Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson, who fought in the Civil War.
According to Hess, the wool coat was hand-tailored in Rome, Ga., in 1894, and it showed its age. It is faded and splattered with red spots that may have been blood, Hess pointed out as he put it on. Read more ›
The Long Beach Museum of Art has dug into its own collection for a pair of concurrent exhibits open now through March 23.
“The Many Moods of Blue” and “Rauschenberg: Cardbirds and Currents” are the first exhibits of the year for the Long Beach venue. The art displayed come from the museum’s collection and include works that range from abstract paintings to mixed-media pieces by renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg. Read more ›
Sculptors work in bronze, cast in a furnace and pour in great heat. Like Michelangelo, they also work in marble and produce large works that stand for centuries. Or they can work, like Frank E. Cummings III, in one of the most delicate and friable of all materials: wood. Read more ›
When he first saw one of the original paintings for a new show at the Long Beach Museum of Art, artist and exhibit co-curator Jeff McMillan knew the show would easily live up to its name.
Inside the package he received in the mail from well-known Los Angeles painter F. Scott Hess was an 8-by-10-inch oil on canvas called “Preserving the Natural Order.” The piece depicts a female rhinoceros with a pretty bright bow on her tail engaged in a sexual act with a woman in what appears to be a Roman-era arena as a crowd of animals look on. Read more ›