Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum Acquisition Fund, © Ed Ruscha, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Exhibitions to Look Forward to in 2024

January 2, 2024

Happy New Year! While LACMA has a dynamic program of exhibitions on view now, we're also sharing some the exciting ones to look forward to in the coming year. Make sure to check back for the latest information about current and upcoming exhibitions.

Remember, the museum is also open with extended holiday hours on Wednesday, January 3.  

Dish, Turkey, Iznik, Ottoman Period, first half of 17th century, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Camilla Chandler Frost in honor of the museum's 40th anniversary, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Dining with the Sultan at Charles White Elementary School Charles White Elementary School
January 20–August 10, 2024

This companion exhibition to Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting at Charles White Elementary School addresses the universal importance of food through Islamic art and dining culture. With approximately 60 works from LACMA’s expansive collection of Islamic art related to the sourcing, preparation, serving, and consumption of food, it will showcase a variety of materials, decorative techniques, and functions. 

Kim Kwanho, Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter, 1957, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Drs. Chester and Cameron C. Chang (M.D.), © The Estate of Kim Kwan-ho, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Korean Treasures from the Chester and Cameron Chang Collection
February 25–June 30, 2024

Korean Treasures presents 35 artworks recently donated to LACMA by Drs. Chester and Cameron C. Chang (M.D.), selected from the largest gift of Korean art in the museum’s history. This introductory exhibition presents traditional Korean paintings, calligraphic folding screens, mid-20th century oil paintings from both North and South Korea, and ceramics of the Goryeo (918– 1392) and Joseon (1392–1897) dynasties.

April 7–October 6, 2024

As his first comprehensive, cross-media retrospective in over 20 years, ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN traces Ruscha’s methods and familiar subjects throughout his career and underscores the many remarkable contributions he has made well beyond the boundaries of the art world. The exhibition includes his early works produced while traveling through Europe, his installations—such as the Chocolate Room and the Course of Empire presented at the Venice Biennale in 1970 and 2005, respectively—and his ceaseless photographic documentation of the streets of Los Angeles beginning in 1965.

Simone Leigh, Martinique, 2022, courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, © Simone Leigh, photo by Timothy Schenck

Simone Leigh
May 26, 2024–January 20, 2025

Over the past two decades, Leigh has created works exploring questions of Black femme subjectivity and knowledge production. Simone Leigh, a traveling exhibition organized by the ICA Boston and co-presented in Los Angeles by LACMA and the California African American Museum (CAAM), is the first comprehensive survey of the richly layered work of this celebrated artist. LACMA’s presentation features approximately 20 years of Leigh’s production in ceramic, bronze, video, and installation, as well as works from her 2022 Venice Biennale presentation. 

We Live in Painting: The Nature of Color in Mesoamerican Art
September 22, 2024–September 2, 2025

Mesoamerican artists held a cosmic responsibility: as they adorned the surfaces of buildings, clay vessels, textiles, bark-paper pages, and sculptures with color, they quite literally made the world. The power of color emerged from the materiality of its pigments, the skilled hands that crafted it, and the communities whose knowledge imbued it with meaning. We Live in Painting explores the science, art, and cosmology of color in Mesoamerica. 

Mapping the Infinite: Cosmologies Across Cultures
October 13, 2024–February 23, 2025

Mapping the Infinite, created in collaboration with scientists at the Carnegie Observatories and the Griffith Observatory, presents a group of rare and visually stunning artworks from different cultures and time periods to explore the variety of human attempts to explain the universe’s origins, mechanics, and meaning. The exhibition illuminates this history of cosmologies around the globe from the Stone Age to the present.

Digital Witness: Revolutions in Design, Photography, and Film
November 24, 2024–July 13, 2025

Digital Witness examines the impact of digital manipulation tools from the 1980s to the present, for the first time assessing simultaneous developments and debates in the fields of photography, graphic design, and visual effects. Whether using early paint programs, commercially packaged and open-source software, individually programmed tools, or AI image generators, the artists in Digital Witness illuminate the visual culture we now inhabit, in which “Photoshop” is not only a product but also a verb.