Social distancing requires the lot of us to be at home right now, but it’s definitely not stopping us from doing some of our favorite activities, like visiting local museums. Thanks to Google’s Arts & Culture site, you can actually visit several Los Angeles museums online! Some museums are not available to explore via Google’s service, though we do recommend still sorting through their collections online. You can do that with The Broad, Norton Simon Museum, and MOCA. View vast art collections online, and even revisit past exhibitions you might have missed.
Sunrise (Marine), claude monet, March or April 1873
You can explore The Getty’s massive collection of over 15,000 artworks from the Getty Center and Getty Villa right here. Begin your art journey by searching randomly, or choosing a category to start with, like oil paintings or Italian Renaissance art. Make yourself feel like you’re *actually* at the museum by selecting street view for The Getty Center, which you can by scrolling to the bottom of the museum’s page on the Google Arts & Culture website. Tour a new gallery every day, and then learn more about the artworks you find by searching the online collection.
CENTRAL PARK, FIRST RIDE, Artist Unknown, ca. 1873
Modern art more your thing? LACMA is also on the Google Arts & Culture site. Online, LACMA has a collection of nearly 20,000 items, including both contemporary and ancient artworks. Read up on international artifacts without even leaving your couch. You can also revisit the 2015 fashion exhibit, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 - 2015, on the site, too. So, if you missed this amazing installation, you can browse through photographs of it and interact with it through the digital exhibition.
Slippers, ca. 1830/1840
Immerse yourself in the world of fashion and costume design at FIDM’s Museum and Galleries. Located inside the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Downtown Los Angeles campus, explore over 300 items of fashion history online, along with seven online-specific exhibits!
Palmer C. Hayden, Beale Street Blues, 1943
Never been to the Museum of African American Art? Now’s your chance! Explore pieces from the Harlem Renaissance, including a vast amount of works by Palmer C. Hayden, a prominent artist from the period. Go ahead, start clicking around to see these vivid artworks in high resolution!
Sin título, D. Sergio Belinchón, 2002
The USC Fisher Museum of Art is home to artworks spanning over 500 years. Discover nearly 300 pieces of art from the museum’s collection online, and take a virtual tour of the museum while you’re at it. At the Fisher, you can find an incredible collection of modern works, or discover works by old masters.
Infinity Mirror Room, Yayoi Kusamo, 1965
While The Broad may be temporarily closed, they are still committed to inspiring and fostering an appreciation of contemporary art. Through their new digital initiatives, they'll be offering ways to experience #TheBroadFromHome, to find inspiration through music, poetry, and conversations from a distance! Highlights include their Infinite Drone Series and their art tours via their Facebook page.
Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling
Annenberg Space for Photography in-person events, including talks and film screenings, have been suspended until further notice. They are, however, hosting and planning new online events and other programs! Check out our Photo Space Audio Tours from past exhibitions, and be sure to check back as new virtual programs are added.