Current Exhibitions

LBMA and LBMA Downtown are reopen

Following a year-long mandated closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Long Beach Museum of Art and LBMA Downtown indoor galleries reopened on April 1 for visitors with advance online tickets. Visitors are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times, and maintain a distance of at least six feet from others. Please review our COVID-19 protocols and procedures prior to your visit.

Long Beach Museum of Art

Art Auction XIX Preview

June 3-27, 2021

Considered one of the premiere Southern California fundraising events, the Long Beach Museum of Art, Art Auction XIX presented with our fundraising affiliate, Phoenix, raises critical support for the culture-focused mission of the Museum. The 19th biennial fundraiser has been reimagined as a virtual venue and hybrid event in 2021 with over 120 works donated by leading contemporary Southern California artists.

Preview the exhibition in-person and start bidding online June 12 at 9am PDT. The event will culminate with a live broadcast on June 27 from 6-8pm. Register to bid!

Live Auction item: Cheryl Humphreys, Above the Clouds, Monoprint on indigo-dyed paper, 26 x 34 inches

Earth, Every Day

Extended through June 27, 2021

Artists throughout the ages have explored themes related to the environment in their art. For centuries, the landscape’s appearance in art was meant to construe awe for our natural world, or to serve as a backdrop for the documentation of human narratives. More recently, however, environmental works have become more ecological and politically motivated. In the 20th century, alongside rising global concerns surrounding our impact on the environment’s health, many artists began to create works drawing attention to ecological issues and our human contribution to them.

For this exhibition, high school students were invited to explore the environment in their work. Selected works explore a wide range of ecological topics, including air and water pollution, the use of renewable energy, and the effects of climate change.

The Long Beach Museum of art wishes to thank the Long Beach Unified School District, the student artists for their participation in this project, and the teachers who inspire their students to create.

Image; Nataliya Levins, Gaea’s Burning, 2020, Ceramic, Jordan High School, Grade 11 (in 2020)

LBMA Downtown

Space as Presence

Extended through June 26, 2021

Space as Presence at LBMA Downtown features large-scale installations from Southern California artists Christine Nguyen, Elyse Pignolet and Fran Siegel whose works mold to, and evolve with their surroundings. This malleability forms from a tiling process used by each artist; their “canvas” has no limitation, and the works as a result grow until they feel complete, changing to the shape of their environment. Nguyen, Pignolet and Siegel each navigate the intersections of material, narrative and space.

Elyse Pignolet, 2019-2020