The L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA) celebrated the Grand Opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), the first phase of a multi-year expansion dubbed the Transformation, designed by noted architect Renzo Piano. Named for major donors Eli Broad (who founded SunAmerica,
KB Homes and other major businesses) and his wife Edythe, the BCAM features works from artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichtenstein within its 60,000 square feet of gallery space. The first phase also consisted of a grand entrance and concourse to the museum campus, a renovation of the existing Ahmanson Building and an underground parking structure. The expansion filled in a large, open space between the original LACMA buildings and LACMA West, a former department store that now houses galleries.
The Transformation’s second phase will encompass expanded facilities for special exhibitions, a complete renovation of LACMA West, and expansion of the Boone Children’s Gallery, among other developments. The third phase is still in the planning stages but may include renovating or replacing the buildings on the east campus. Museum tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students ages 18 and older with valid student I.D. and for senior 62 and older, and free for children ages 17 and under. Admission is free for everyone the second Tuesday of every month, every evening after 5 p.m., and on specified Monday holidays.
Call 323-857-6000 or visit http://www.lacma.org/