Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, is an epicenter of experimental art exhibitions and programming in Los Angeles.

"Critique of the Familiar and Empathy with the Different"

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) was established in 1984, in Santa Monica, as the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 2017, the museum reinvented itself, emerging with a new name and location in Downtown Los Angeles. Despite this transformation, the institution has remained consistently committed to its mission: to support contemporary art that sparks discovery and challenges our perceptions of ourselves, other people, and the world at large. ICA LA is also dedicated to the belief that art must be accessible to all, and thus admission to the museum is free of charge. ICA LA specializes in creating exhibitions, education programs, and community partnerships that dismantle race, class, and gender-based hierarchies while encouraging audiences to empathize with new ways of understanding the world. Through this multifaceted work, ICA LA uplifts marginalized voices, illuminates untold stories, and elevates emerging figures in contemporary art and culture.

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2006

Exhibition - Álvaro Siza: Drawings, Models, and Photographs