LACMA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Spring Gala and Special Exhibition

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The "50 for 50" exhibition will be free to the public the Sunday following the unveil.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and will host a spring gala unveiling a special exhibition.

On Apr. 18, LACMA will throw an anniversary gala where an exhibition, 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA's 50th Anniversary, will debut to friends, trustees, civic leaders and more attending the celebratory event.

The works of art displayed in the exhibition are bequests made in honor of LACMA’s 50th anniversary. The gifts kick off a campaign, chaired by LACMA trustees and gala co-chairs Jane Nathanson and Lynda Resnick, to encourage additional promised gifts of art for the museum’s anniversary. They have both contributed works from their own collections to be bequeathed to LACMA.

LACMA director of communications Miranda Carroll says they hope to receive a variety of works that reflect and enhance the different collections already shown at the museum — from ancient art to contemporary and works on paper to painting and sculpture — from around the globe.

"We hope the gala kicks off our celebrations and the exhibition to thank people from all walks of life: our visitors, donors and civic leaders," Carroll tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding "All the people who have helped LACMA grow to where it is now and where it's heading — towards the next 50 years."

The communications director says that celebrities will be in attendance and the gala will include a performance, though the entertainment has not yet been finalized.

The museum, which established itself as a separate institution from the Los Angeles County Museums in Exposition Park in 1961, opened its 20-plus acre current Wilshire Blvd. location in 1965 and is now the largest art museum in the west U.S. LACMA's collection holds more than 120,000 works of art.

The "50 for 50" exhibition opens to the public on Apr. 26 and entry to the museum will be free for everyone that day. The exhibition continues through Sept. 7.