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Long Beach (California) - The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA)
History of MoLAA
The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach, California was
founded by Dr. Robert Gumbiner in November 1996. It is the only museum in the
western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art.
Through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and
programs, MoLAA educates a diverse Southern California audience about
contemporary Latin American art. The museum is located in the newly developing
East Village Arts District of Long Beach, California. Between 1913 and 1918 the
site that the museum now occupies was the home of Balboa Amusement Producing
Company, then the world’s most productive and innovative silent film studio.
Before there was a Hollywood, Balboa was the king of the silver screen,
producing as much as 20,000 feet of negative film a week. The building currently
being renovated as MoLAA’s Entertainment / Education / Special Event venue may
have been part of the old Balboa film studio. MoLAA’s exhibition galleries,
administrative offices and store are housed in what was once a roller skating
rink known as the Hippodrome. Built in the late 1920s, after the film studios
were gone, the Hippodrome was a haven for skaters for four decades. The building
then served as a senior health center for fifteen years. The high vaulted
ceilings and beautiful wooden floors were perfectly suited for the Hippodrome's
final metamorphosis into the Museum of
The MoLAA Mission
MoLAA's mission is to educate the American public about contemporary Latin American art (created by artists who have lived or worked in Latin America since World War II) through the establishment of a significant representative permanent collection and the presentation of dynamic exhibitions and related programs.
MoLAA is “more than just a museum”. It is an exciting cultural center with a Museum Store. It is a place where visitors can enjoy programs and entertainment that stimulate the senses, inspire the intellect, and give the art a cultural context.
Art RegistryThe Museum of Latin American Art’s Artist Registry is dedicated to forming an archive of information on Latin American artists and art that is accessible to curators, galleries, collectors, students and others with an interest in Latin American art. The Registry is open to the public by appointment only. The Artist’s Registry also facilitates MoLAA staff in the selection of work for the permanent collection and for inclusion in group and solo exhibitions.
All artists who were born, educated or have lived and worked extensively in Mexico, Central or South America or the Spanish Speaking Caribbean are invited to submit slides, a resume, catalogues, books, CD’s, etc. to the Artist’s Registry.
All materials other than catalogues must fit into a 9 x 14-inch (22.8 x 35.5 cm) file. Materials can include the following:
Unless otherwise requested, all materials submitted may be photocopied or
duplicated for research purposes. Information contained in the registry will be
available upon request.
Ass. Cult. Imago Mundi - Direttore responsabile Mariella Moresco Fornasier
Registrazione presso il Tribunale di Milano n. 768 del 1/12/2000 e n. 258 del 13/04/2004
ISSN 1824-1360 © Tutti i diritti riservati