You may have noticed, KK and I are “artsy- fartsy” folks! Lol! With my background as a dancer (growing up I did ballet, tap, liturgical, and modern dance) and Kk’s as an art student, we are fine art appreciators and we share a love of exploring local museums and art exhibits. For us art, no matter the language of the artist, can convey endless emotions, teleport, touch, and inspire. So this week, we took a quick trip to MOLAA (The Museum of Latin American Art) in Long Beach, Ca.
I had been to MOLAA many years ago for a class project (once upon a time I was a Latin American Studies major) but since then much has changed. It has undergone a major renovation and expansion and (most notably) now includes Chicano art; Which is art created by people of Latin American descent who have lived exclusively in the U.S.). This year also marks the 20th Anniversary of MOLAA, currently it is still the only museum in the country dedicated to modern & contemporary Latin American Art.
MOLAA, it’s founder & it’s building have a fascinating history as a landmark of Long Beach’s East Village Arts District. From 1913 – 1918 the building was the Balboa Amusement Producing Company, a major silent film studio that predates Hollywood! And in the 1920’s it was a popular roller skating rink called The Hippodome. The museum still has the same beautiful wooden rink floors from its Hippodome days, how cool!
What started off as one mans passion and love of art, has turned into an inspiring and enlightening center of education, culture and creatively for the greater Los Angeles Area. Amazing! And inspiring!
The Founding Pieces
The first pieces purchased by MOLAA founder Dr. Robert Gumbiner
The Indoor Exhibit
The Sculpture Garden
Until next time,