LACMA Muse Artwalk 2006

LACMA’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED 12TH ANNUAL MUSE ARTWALK
Art lovers and collectors unite downtown for cutting-edge art, djs, and drinks

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s membership program, Muse—the largest group in the nation for youthful art patrons—presents its twelfth annual ArtWalk on Saturday, April 22, 2006. One of Muse’s most popular events, ArtWalk leads Muse members and non-members alike through Los Angeles’ vibrant and diverse visual arts scene. This year, the day begins with a self-guided tour of downtown’s burgeoning Gallery Row from noon–6 pm, and culminates with a fundraising reception, live djs, and cocktails at the historic St. Vibiana’s Cathedral from 6–9 pm.

With more than twenty galleries and businesses participating, ArtWalk provides a unique opportunity to discover the work of local artists, and expand personal collections in one art-filled day. Just some of the participants include: de Soto, 2nd St. Cigars & Gallery, M.J. Higgins Fine Art & Furnishings, Pharmaka, L.A. Center for Digital Arts (LACDA), El Nopal Press, Bert Green Fine Art, Niche.LA, Kristi Engle Gallery, Art Murmur Gallery, 626 Gallery, Modern Art Downtown, Gallery 727, The Hive Gallery, Infusion Gallery, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Downtown Art Gallery, Crewest Gallery…and many more.

But the day doesn’t end when the gallery doors close. When the sun sets, Muse’s celebration begins, complete with open bar, an exclusive “Muse Cocktail,” treats from Ciudad, Pete’s Café & Bar, and Pit Fire Pizza Co., DJ sets by bOby, and a performance by John Kelley of Ball of Waxx Music. Set against the exotic backdrop of the newly renovated performing arts center at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral—replete with Spanish-Baroque architecture, classical facades, and onyx and marble interior—the evening promises to be a feast for the senses from start to finish.

Tickets are $20 for Muse members, $30 for non-members, and $35 at the door, and can be purchased online at lacma.org or at the LACMA box office. Advance purchase is recommended. All proceeds benefit LACMA and help fund programs aimed at young collectors in Los Angeles.

Already in its 12th year, LACMA Muse is the largest museum membership program in the nation for young and youthful patrons of the arts. Created as a strategic way to attract a fresh audience to the arts and the museum, Muse members are comprised of an affluent and influential group that has grown to approximately 3,000.

About LACMA: In April 2006, Michael Govan became CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is the seventh person to hold the position of Director in the museum’s 41-year history. Established as an independent institution in 1965, LACMA has assembled a permanent collection that includes approximately 100,000 works of art spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present, making it the premier encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. Located in the heart of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, the museum uses its collection and resources to provide a variety of educational and cultural experiences for the people who live in, work in, and visit Los Angeles. LACMA offers an outstanding schedule of special exhibitions, as well as lectures, classes, family activities, film programs and world-class musical events.

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA, 90036. For more information about LACMA and its programming, log on to www.lacma.org.

Museum Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, noon–8 pm; Friday, noon–9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–8 pm; closed Wednesday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 323 857-6000, or www.lacma.org for more information.

General LACMA Admission: Adults $9; students 18+ with ID and senior citizens 62+ $5. Admission (except to specially ticketed exhibitions) is free every evening after 5 pm, the second Tuesday of every month, and for children 17 and under.

Please note: LACMA is free every evening after 5 pm.