• L.A.'s Newest Opening: The Institute of Contemporary Art


Los Angeles is the city that never fails to surprise its people with innovative, exciting affairs. Angelenos, behold L.A.’s newest free museum! The Institute of Contemporary Art is set to stage its grand opening weekend on September 9 – 10 with a wide range of performances, talks and other activities. 


The Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles, or ICA LA, is the new home for the former Santa Monica Museum of Art. The new facility is located in the Arts District and occupies 12,700 square feet of warehouse space.


The exhibit will feature the works of Martín Ramírez, an artist who spent his life in mental institutions diagnosed with schizophrenia. Throughout this nightmare, he created beautiful drawings and collages. ICA LA will also exhibit an installation by New York artist Abigail DeVille in its Project Room, while L.A.-based artist Sarah Cain will be featured in the museum’s courtyard.


On Saturday, September 9, you will have the pleasure to join the guided tours of the works of Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm. The tour leaders will be the artist’s biographer Victor Espinosa, ICA LA’s executive director and the exhibit curator Elsa Longhauser. At 5pm, Los Jornaleros del Norte, a international band comprised of musicians from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, will perform songs written about migrant rights. You will have opportunity to hear more about Ramirez continues on to Sunday, September 10 with a panel moderated by Longhauser that features scholars of Latin American art and an expert on the history of Mexican art. You’ll definitely enjoy that and much more!


The complete list of ICA LA’s fall schedule will be available on their website starting September 1. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Fridays, 11am to 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 6pm. Admission to the exhibitions and programs is free. For more information and updates, visit their website.

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