An Afternoon at MOLAA

Long Beach's Museum of Latin American Art a great way to spend quality family time and introduce teens to cultura

By Lisa Zion, Contributing Writer
Published on LatinoLA: July 25, 2008

An Afternoon at MOLAA

My husband and I decided to spend a few days in beautiful Long Beach. He was working at a convention and I had some time on my hands. WhatÔÇÖs a girl to do? Should I go have lunch and go shopping at the pier? Should I go take the tour on the Queen Mary?

I decided I needed a little more culture and what better way to spend the afternoon than by visiting the Museum of Latin American Art?

I was in luck because right now there is a dual exhibition by Cuban painters Wilfredo Lam and Cuban artist Carlos Luna. I found out that this is the largest exhibit and the first West Coast exhibit of modern master Wilfredo Lam (detail of "San Titre" 1973 pictured).

The admission price was only $7.50 and I found out that the admission is free every Friday. Wow, that is a great way to spend some quality family time and introduce young teens to a little Latino culture. I picked up an informational brochure and it was filled with upcoming events for July and August.

After viewing the beautiful works, I stopped in the museum store and picked up several books. They had beautiful jewelry, postcards, books, gifts and I even saw a cigar-style purse! There is something for everyone on your gift list.

On Fridays, you can join the crowd in their Art for Lunch program. Guests meet with a docent presenter in the Lobby at noon. After the lecture, guests eat in the Sculpture Garden while discussing the art and artist with a MOLAA docent. You can even bring your own lunch. What a treat that would be! Something to feed your brain and your panza. Where do I sign up?

I plan to return in August for the multimedia presentation, Murals Under the Stars featuring the murals of Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and the art of Miguel Covarrubias.

I felt very happy to find the Museum of Latin American Art. What a treasure! If you decide to go, tell them Lisa sent you!

June 15 through August 31

Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Price: Adults $7.50, Seniors & Students $5.00
Under 12 Free

About Lisa Zion, Contributing Writer:
Lisa Zion is an aspiring actor, singer and writer.

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