Be smart about art: The best art venues in Los Angeles

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5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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At night, enjoy walking through the beautiful lamp posts in the front of the museum. Nice spot for taking pictures even during the day. The museum also has interesting exhibits.
Sharona, 27 Cultural Ambassador
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LACMA
152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Actually an offshoot of another museum, this museum often features one exhibit. I don't know how, but it is always reallllyy cool! Definitely world class. I once, it was 200 works done by artists that all did hallucinogens. Also, it's tucked right into Little Tokyo so you can have a little adventure right there, or a short walk into the Arts District (which you're probably visiting anyway).
Austin, 32 UX Designer & Rock Climber
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The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
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211 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203, United States
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Insane new space where you can take exclusive one of a kind selfies in amazing settings. If you are into modern, pop and/or street art - this is the spot for you. Located in the heart of Glendale, a couple of blocks from world famous Americana mall this museum is 10 000 square feet of tremendous photo opportunities. Strongly suggest you go there because sooner or later all of your friends will.
Daniel, 34 Film Producer
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Museum of Selfies
118 Winston St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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Sweet little store/publisher/gallery space in downtown impeccably curated by Stephen and Jodie Zeigler.
Amanda, 44 Intuitive Healer and Creative Practice
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THESE DAYS
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356 S Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
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Make an afternoon of it, head to little Tokyo for some veggie ramen, hit up the latest at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, then hop back on the LA metro and check out an art show at 356 s mission road (yes the address is the name) or buy a zine or two at Oooga Boooga bookstore inside the space. Emerging and seasoned works shown (films and installation pieces) in this sprawling warehouse in Boyle Heights. Maybe you'll get lucky and Ian Svenonius will sign his book for you (like he did when I was there). Always free drinks and often, snacks!
Amanda, 44 Intuitive Healer and Creative Practice
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356 S Mission Rd
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410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Human Resources is a team of creative individuals which seeks to broaden engagement with contemporary and conceptual art, with an emphasis on performative and underexposed modes of expression.
Amanda, 44 Intuitive Healer and Creative Practice
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Human Resources Los Angeles
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7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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This was the first pop-culture focused art gallery in the world and always has crazy-cool exhibits.
Annie, 27 Media Creator
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Gallery 1988
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2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067, USA
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If you like photography, check to see what the current exhibit is that's happening here, as it's often great. It's free and the validated parking is $1. Make sure you check out the documentary specially produced for each show and running in the space. It's always excellent.
Todd, 51 Entertainment Attorney
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The Annenberg Space for Photography
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA
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Terrific gallery where the iconic expositions take place all the time. Be sure to check out the mural my Shepard Fairey on the tracks side of the building.
Daniel, 34 Film Producer
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Bergamot Station
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5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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This is the little art spot to see and be the art. CAFAM does not and will not have a Monet nor a Van Gogh but features plenty of cool exhibitions and pieces that everyday people not engaged with the art world may prefer. Diverse artists are on exhibit and community workshops inspired by their work are hosted by museum organizers. Workshops engage visitors to create with their minds and hands, using a variety of media- paints, clay, yarn, ink and various tools. A favorite creation I made- a haiku poem , one of several others that featured in a main exhibit.
Marie, 41 Admin & Social Media at Travel Agency
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Craft & Folk Art Museum
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152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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A bit small, yet precise museum for modern contemporary arts. they have a small collection (I'm pretty sure all from generous Getty) with some very interesting items. Exhibitions are in a separate room, showing you the most relevant artist of now. One ticket gives you access to this location and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, only 8 min drive. Parking seems pricy, but the museum gives you serious deduction if you go to the right lot. The hole area of the MOCA is amazing and fun to walk around- Tall mesmerizing buildings with very interesting architecture not similar to most LA.
Dafna, 31 Yoga buff, former retail manager
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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, MOCA Grand Avenue
901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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This gallery located in a Historic Flour Mill in the retail area of the Art District is part of a group that has galleries in Zurich, London, and New York, and is worth seeking out! They represent both emerging and established contemporary artists and the space is conducive for large indoor/outdoor installations. Be sure to give yourself enough time to explore the building. There's an open-air Courtyard with a Public Garden and even an Urban City Chicken Coop!
Patricia, 55 Director of Right2Left
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Hauser & Wirth Gallery
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221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Possibly the coolest Contemporary Museum in Los Angeles. It's Collection, with the works of such giant names as Basquiat, Kruger & Koons, is as impressive as it's 120,000 square-foot building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfrom. It's free but timed tickets must be reserved a month in advance - on the first of each month at noon - sharp! Note: There is a "Stand By" Line but you can wait more than 2 hours, often unprotected from the sun, to gain access. Open 10am-6pm. But they also, have some late night fun on Saturday nights all Summer long... Check their Events Calendar for 'Happenings'! Ooo... Also, they have a FAB Shop!
Patricia, 55 Director of Right2Left
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Broad Art Center
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901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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Until a couple years ago the Arts District was a pretty sketchy place, but amazingly it has exploded into one of the most fun areas in the city and Hauser & Wirth is a wonderful example of the growth and character of the neighborhood. What was until recently an abandoned building has turned into a multi-use community space with art installations, murals, a public garden, chicken coop, art exhibit hall, book store and indoor/outdoor restaurant, Manuela. Every time I go, there is something new to explore and it makes me so happy to see so much life, creativity and inspiration in the area.
Kristen, 40 Music Executive
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Hauser & Wirth
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Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Peek over the city at one of LA's most truly treasured historic and cultural monuments. Located in East Hollywood, admire the jewel that is the Hollyhock House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Spend a few hours on the grounds and see how many representations of the hollyhock you can count - the favorite flower of Aline Barnsdall, the park's name sake, an oil heiress and Wright's benefactor. If you are here in LA for an extended period of time, consider taking a class in the art center - the city supported classes are definitely the most inexpensive way to hone (or discover) your love of fine art, ceramics, weaving or photography.
Amanda, 44 Intuitive Healer and Creative Practice
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Barnsdall Art Park
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