Current Exhibitions

Long Beach Museum of Art
Advance online tickets are recommended, but not required
Alex Gardner
We All Exist Right Now

Through May 1, 2022

Alex Gardner

The Long Beach Museum of Art is pleased to present We All Exist Right Now by Long Beach-native Alex Gardner. The artist paints scenes of every day life—of people, existing. Faceless and androgynous figures appear to float in rooms with no walls, on chairs with no floor, and sometimes, without any relative markers at all. The notion of space is simultaneously presented as a continuous expanse and finite boundary with figures existing on planes in universes with no end. This definition extends to his subjects, who both take up, and become lost in the space they are in. We All Exist Right Now, Gardner’s debut solo museum exhibition, challenges introspection at its core.

Presented by

BCM Foundation
Major support provided by Pasadena Art Alliance and Port of Long Beach. Additional support by TABC (Toyota).
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California Landscapes: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Through May 1, 2022

The California landscape has long been a source of inspiration for those captivated by the undulating coastline, mountain peaks, and desert skies. This exhibition brings together an intimate selection of works created in the first half of the 20th Century, by eight artists—seven of whom left their homes across the country and in Europe to live and work in California. Largely created between World War I and World War II, these quiet and isolated scenes offer a historical snapshot of life throughout a cyclical period of recovery and uncertainty.

Recent Acquisitions 2019-2021

Through May 1, 2022

Since 1950, our history of exhibiting and collecting contemporary art in all media has helped define the scope of our collection, resulting in a rich archive of works created and collected in the region. Over the last two years, LBMA has been fortunate to accession significant works through bequests and donations. A selection of those donations are featured in this exhibition, and showcase the wide breadth of artistic practice, and collectors locally

LBMA Downtown
January 5, 2022: Temporary Closure
Please note LBMA Downtown is closed until further notice.
1962-1972: Southern California Exhibitions

Through February 27, 2022

In 1952, the Long Beach Museum of Art—then Municipal Art Center, introduced the Purchase Award. The annual juried exhibition invited California artists practicing between the Mexico border and Santa Barbara to submit a painting or sculpture of any size, depicting any subject—the only requirement being it was completed within the previous two years. Each year, at least one juried artwork was purchased by the Museum, and subsequently accessioned into the Permanent Collection.

1962-1972: Southern California Exhibitions, on view in the Josephine Molina Gallery focuses on the works exhibited and acquired during this decade, under the leadership of then Director Jason Wong. The Purchase Award tells a rich history of supporting, exhibiting, and collecting the artists of our time in every decade. Works by artists including Melvin Edwards, Tony Berlant, and Phyllis Davidson offer a distinct window into the social, cultural, and political ideas during this era.