Vincent Price Art Museum Gets Grand Re-Opening

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After nearly eight years in Los Angeles, I am ashamed to admit I had no idea there was a Vincent Price art museum in East L.A. (far East) until last week. The star of 1950’s macabre B-movies and sinister “rapper” on Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the actor was a lifelong devotee of art collecting (he studied art history at Yale). In 1951, Price and his wife donated 90 works of art to East Los Angeles College and founded the eponymously named gallery there six years later (eventually donating about 2,000 works). Despite several years of setbacks including improper construction, the museum is now re-opening in a glitzy new space designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica. The three-story structure opened last Friday in Monterey Park and has room for temporary exhibitions and rotations of the permanent collection, now totalling 9,000 works (valued at $12 million). This is a fairly modest project for an international firm, one better known for massive arenas and hotels.

 The new space opens with several exhibits, including “The Making of Mexican Modernism” and “Modern Expressions of Figure and Form” from its permanent collection, a look at the work of eight alumni artists such as muralist Kent Twitchell and Chicano printmaker and performance artist Gronk, a juried student art exhibit and a solo show by Los Angeles-based artist Sonia Romero. 

Summer hours are posted here.

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