Current Exhibitions

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Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection

June 9 – September 2, 2018

This exhibition of drawings by Henri Matisse showcases the mastery of draftsmanship by two of the most significant artists of the twentieth century: Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015). Curated by Kelly in 2014, the exhibition speaks to his admiration for Matisse, as well as to the centrality of drawing in both artists’ practices. Accompanying the forty-five rarely exhibited works by Matisse, Kelly selected nine of his own lithographic drawings that derive from his time in France when the American artist studied Matisse’s sketches and studies of nature and human figures. Join LBMA Docents as they explore this artistic dialogue, seeing one artist through the eyes of another.

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provided by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

Lead support for the local presentation of this exhibition is provided by the BCM Foundation, Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation, Bess J. Hodges Foundation, Laserfiche, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and Patrons of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

Henri Matisse, Large Head, 1949
Ink on paper, 24 × 16 inches
Collection of The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection


Vitality and Verve III

June 30 – September 9, 2018

The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) presents Vitality and Verve III, an exhibition dedicated to showcasing new works by artists of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Presented in curatorial collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects and the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach, the exhibition is the third iteration in the collaborative series which has secured record-breaking public attendance since 2015. Vitality and Verve III will present a relevant cross-section of some of the most exciting artists working under the New Contemporary handle today and will feature site-specific works by these 21 individuals brought together in the same space for the first time. Their impermanent installations are tangentially activated, transforming the ground floor and second floor ocean view gallery of the LBMA into an immersive ephemeral playground for the senses.

Featuring works by:

Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush, Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS.

Super A, Down The Rabbit Hole (from the Trapped series), 2018,
Acrylic on museum wall

Praxis (At LBMAx Location)

July 14 – August 26, 2018

The Long Beach Museum of Art Exchange (LBMAx) presents PRAXIS, a group exhibition. PRAXIS represents a breadth of practices that exploit the malleability of clay as a material that can operate as a mark, a symbol, a poem, a canvas, a metaphor, a memory, an existential question, a political statement or a vehicle for social and cultural commentary. Although no artist in the exhibition parallels another’s aesthetic approach, each engage the laborious physicality of the material, its fragility, and its historical permanence.

The group exhibition is held in conjunction with the 2018 inaugural artist-in-residence program hosted by Long Beach City College Ceramics. The selected artists in PRAXIS created their works in the presence of LBCC students who witnessed the intricate process of the conception, creation, and dissemination of the ceramic art pieces. The residency program is indicative of the high-quality arts education LBCC students have access to in the Visual and Media Arts Department of Long Beach City College. The artist-in-residence program would not be possible without the generous support of this year’s LBCC Auxiliary Student Success Grant.

Featuring works by:

Julia Haft-Candell, Armando Cortes, Ben Jackel, Samuel Jernigan, Narsiso Martinez, Alexander Anderson, Anabel Juarez , Meghan Smythe, Tam Van Tran , and Joakim Ojanen.

Curated by: Gerardo Monterrubio.

Narsiso Martinez, Untitled, 2018, ceramic