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  • Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Title: Slide Library museum campus and building slides
    Identifier/Call Number: SLI.001.003
    Physical Description: 0.81 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1964-1992
    Language of Material: English .

    Biographical / Historical

    Originally part of the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, & Art located in Exposition Park, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was established as a separate institution in 1961. In 1965, LACMA moved from its Exposition Park location to the Museum's current location at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
    The LACMA campus originally began as three buildings designed by architect William Pereira. The original three buildings were the Ahmanson Building, which housed the Museum's permanent collection, the Bing Center and Bing Theater where public programs were held, and the Hammer building dedicated to special exhibitions.
    In 1983, LACMA underwent an expansion project to gain more gallery space. In 1986, the LACMA campus grew again with the addition of the Robert O. Anderson Building, designed by architecture firm Hardy, Holzman, Pfeiffer Associates (later known as Pfeiffer Partners) to house modern and contemporary art. The Anderson Building was renamed the Art of Americas Building in 2007. The museum continued to expand, opening the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden and the Pavilion for Japanese Art, designed by Bruce Goff, in 1988. The addition of LACMA West came from the purchase of the adjacent May Company Department Store building in 1994. In 2004, LACMA began a three phase Transformation Project for campus growth and unification.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection is comprised of 159 35mm color slides depicting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus and buildings. 113 slides were taken during the 1960s; the remaining 46 slides were taken during the 1990s.
    28 images from this collection feature the Pavilion for Japanese Art. 7 of these images are of the model created before the construction of the Pavilion. 3 images show the Pavilion while it was under construction. 6 images are of the exterior of the completed building. 12 images are of the interior of the Pavilion.
    9 images from this collection depict an exhibition held at the Museum's original location in Exposition Park.
    20 images feature the Ahmanson Building in the 1960s. This includes 9 images of the exterior, 1 image of the architect's rendering of the building, including the Founder's Wall, 2 images of the atrium, 2 images of a guard opening the Ahmanson Gallery door to the public waiting outside, 3 images of women with babies in strollers outside of the Ahmanson Building, 2 images of "docent and children with Stuart Davis, Premiere, and 1 image of two people working in a "preparatory area".
    7 images depict the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden.
    20 images feature the Bing Center. 13 of these images depict Alexander Calder's "Hello Girls" installed in the reflecting pool next to the Bing Center, but also show the building's exterior. 5 of these images were taken inside of the Bing Theater in 1992, 1 image depicts an architect's rendering of the exterior of the Bing Theater, and 2 images are of a concert program held at the Bing Theater in the 1960s, 3 images are of the exterior of the Bing Center in the 1960s.
    6 images are of the exterior of the Anderson Building taken during the 1990s.
    13 images are of the Times Mirror Central Court taken in the 1990s.
    8 images depict the Museum entrance in the 1960s. this includes 2 images of the museum steps, and 6 images of the fountain with a Norbert Kricke kinetic sculpture.
    29 images are of the Museum's Reflecting Pools and various art installations inside the pools. 26 of these images are of Alexander Calder's "Hello Girls", installed in the reflecting pool beside the Bing Center, 1 image depicts George Rickey's sculpture in the reflecting pool in 1964, and 2 images depict the exterior of the museum, including the Reflecting Pool, taken in 1964.
    1 image depicts a group of children with a teacher in the La Brea Tar Pit area.
    5 images depict a crowd in front of the Current Exhibition Gallery.
    4 images depict the entire LACMA campus as seen from a distance . 3 of these images are of the campus as seen from the South-West in 1964. 1 image is of the Museum taken from the South-East in 1965.
    2 images are of the exterior of the Hammer Building labeled as "Special Exhibitions Building".
    4 images are of the Exterior Arcade.
    4 images are of different sculptures in the Renaissance Garden.
    3 images are of the Sculpture Plaza.
    There are also four images with an unknown location. 1 image labeled "Gallery Interior" is of an architect's rendering. 1 image labeled "Children's Workshop" depicts adults working in what appears to be a classroom. 2 images labeled "Museum Junior Art Workshop" depict children creating mobiles in what appears to be a classroom.


    This collection is arranged in numeric order. As a result of this arrangement, slides taken during the 1990s are generally located at the beginning of the collection, followed by slides from the 1960s. The numeric arrangement does not result in slides featuring a specific location being grouped together. Due to the proximity of certain locations on the LACMA campus, some slides depict multiple locations.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment only through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library. Telephone 323-857-6118 or email library@lacma.org.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-856-6118 or library@lacma.org for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. Permission will be granted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Description of item], Slide Library museum campus and building slides, 1964-1992, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library, SLI.001.003.

    Processing Information

    The source department name in the collection title was corrected in April 2024 from Photographic Services to Slide Library, and the collection was re-numbered from PHO.001.002 to SLI.001.003 to reflect this change.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Color slides
    Museum buildings -- California -- Los Angeles
    Art museums -- California -- Los Angeles