Pasadena Museum of California Art

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Fee: $7

Sun. 12 PM–5 PM
Mon. Closed
Tue. Closed
Wed. 12 PM–5 PM
Thu. 12 PM–5 PM
Fri. 12 PM–5 PM
Sat. 12 PM–5 PM
Monthly Free Days
  • 1st Fridays 12 PM–5 PM
490 E. Union St.
Pasadena, Los Angeles 91101

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The Pasadena Museum of California Art (website) is a Museum in Los Angeles.
Official description from Pasadena Museum of California Art:

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state's rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.

"At the PMCA, we believe that the quality and excitement of the work that has been and continues to be produced in California is deserving of its own venue," said Wesley Jessup, former Executive Director of the museum. "It is a rare opportunity and privilege to contribute to the planning and launch of a new museum that will set out to explore and clarify the contributions of California artists, architects, and designers in a national and international context," said Jessup.

Museum founders Robert (Bob) and Arlene Oltman are long-time Pasadena residents and art collectors. Oltman is a general partner of Space Bank Mini Storage, a company he co-founded 25 years ago. The impetus to build a museum devoted to California art grew in recent years as the Oltmans' collecting activities began to focus on artists from California.

Wikipedia excerpt:
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is an art museum located in Pasadena, California, USA, showcasing art and design that originates from California. The museum was founded by long-time Pasadena residents and art collectors Robert and Arlene Oltman. Ground was broken in 2000 and the museum officially opened in June 2002. The museum does not house a permanent collection, instead featuring changing exhibits. Notable exhibitions have included "Maynard Dixon: Masterpieces from the Brigham Young University and Private Collections", the largest exhibition of Dixon's art to date; Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting, a retrospective survey; Data + Art: Science and Art in the Age of Information, organized in conjunction with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a mid-career retrospective of painter Mark Ryden. The museum hosts the California Design Biennial.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Pasadena Museum of California Art homepage or our exhibitions list for L.A.-wide exhibits.

Official Pasadena Museum of California Art Links
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