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  • Untitled Composition (1964)

    Lorser Feitelson

    Lorser Feitelson's work was the subject of a monographic exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 1972. Feitelson and his wife, artist Helen Lundeberg, supported the city’s gallery, establishing an annual fellowship to encourage young artists. The award is adjucated by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates.


    Oil on enamel on canvas 60 x 50 in
    © Photography by Gerard Vuilleumier © Feitelson Arts Foundation, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts

  • Studio Residence B of Frank Lloyd Wright, for Aline Barnsdall, on Her Olive Hill in Hollywood, California (1945)

    Edmund Teske

    Olive Hill and the structures Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Aline Barnsdall were favorite subjects for Edmund Teske, who lived in Studio Residence B, one of two guesthouses on the property, for several years in the early 1940s.


    Solarized gelatin silver print 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in
    Courtesy of the Edmund Teske Archives and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica. © Photograph by Edmund Teske © Edmund Teske Archives, Laurence Bump and Nils Vidstrand

  • Joe Waano-Gano of the San Fernando Valley Professional Artists' Guild Testifying Before the Building and Safety Committee (1951)

    Photographer Unknown


    Black-and-white photograph
    Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

  • Juba (1965)

    Charles White


    Lithograph 16.7 x 25 in
    Collection of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs © The Charles White Archives

  • Perspective, Residence of Aline Barnsdall—Hollyhock House (Southwest) (ca. 1918)

    Frank Lloyd Wright


    Graphite and colored pencil on paper, laid on poster board 20 5/16 x 21 1/4 in
    © Collection of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Hollyhock House

  • Hollyhock House, Constructed 1921-23 (2010)

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Exterior of Hollyhock House.



    Image courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Hollyhock House. Photograph by Delaine M. Ureno

  • Paul Williams and Anthony Quinn with Van Gogh's L'Arlesienne (1957)

    Unknown Artist

    Vincent van Gogh's painting, L'Arlésienne (Woman of Arles), 1890, is viewed by actor Anthony Quinn (R) and Paul R. Williams, President of the Municipal Art Commission of Los Angeles. The painting was part of the first significant exhibition of Van Gogh's work on the West Coast presented at the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park in 1954.


    Black-and-white photograph
    © Herald-Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

  • Studio Walls (1965)

    Edward Biberman


    Oil on board 47 x 32 in
    Photograph by ARTSCAN Gallery "Z", Courtesy of Suzanna Weiner Zada

  • Power Up (A,B,C,D) (1965)

    Sister Mary Corita Kent


    Serigraph 36 x 29.5 in
    Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles

  • Councilman Harold Harby with Edmund Kohn's Bird in the Moon Painting (1953)

    Unknown Artist

    As part of the Red-baiting that occurred in Los Angeles during the 1950s, Councilman Harold Harby took on the task of accusing modern artists of having Communist ties. In this photograph Harby compares Bird in the Moon by surrealist painter Edmund Kohn with a picture by a mentally disabled artist. Harby protested accepting the artwork, a proposed gift by Howard Ahmanson, into the city's art collection, saying "If this is a bird the moon can have it!"


    Black-and-white photograph
    © Herald-Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

  • Sign Posted by Aline Barnsdall at Barnsdall Park (1945)

    Unknown Artist

    Close-up of a sign posted in Barnsdall Park, which states the following: "BARNSDALL PARK In 1926 I gave this park to the city; the recreation center and playgrounds for the use of children, the house for the uses of art, and the grounds for the pleasure of all. Will these artists and art loving people, also the fathers and mothers of the children who play here, and those old 'HOLLYWOODIANS' who have loved the hill for many years, JOIN ME IN FORMING A COMMITTEE TO INSURE IT FUNCTIONING PERMANENTLY UNDER THESE CONDITIONS OF THE DEED? Aline Barnsdall, Box 9622 Los Feliz Station, Los Angeles 27, California."


    Black-and-white photograph
    © Herald-Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

  • Record for Hattie (1975)

    Betye Saar


    Assemblage box 13.5 x 14 x 2 in
    Photograph by Frank J. Thomas Betye Saar

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center

Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center explores the intertwined histories of two of Los Angeles's oldest and most diverse centers of artistic activity, both now operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Civic Virtue exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is a chronological survey of the role of civic government in the development of the arts in Los Angeles, beginning in the early 1950s. The exhibition illustrates the history of the gallery through displays of significant artworks and artifacts including Frank Lloyd Wright’s original sketches and drawings for the building; artwork and documentation from City Hall hearings related to charges that modern painting and sculpture were vehicles of Communist subversion; photographs documenting early citywide festivals celebrating diverse artists; images of the seminal experimental performances at LAMAG by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, Senga Nengudi, Marren Hassinger, and Ulysses Jenkins; and works from many of LAMAG’s celebrated exhibitions, including works by Karl Benjamin, David Hammons, Lorser Feitelson, Julius Shulman, June Wayne, John Altoon, Llyn Foulkes, John Mason, Betye Saar and Patssi Valdez.

12/15/2011 02/12/2012
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027