From the Director 

Just in time for the start of ski season, the Santa Monica Museum of Art brings snow to sunny Los Angeles. Yutaka Sone & Benjamin Weissman: What Every Snowflake Knows in its Heart is a joyous collaboration between two extraordinary artists who have found creative inspiration in their love of skiing on Mammoth Mountain. The focal point of the exhibition is a monumental sculpture of a ski lift made completely by hand by the artists, their friends and neighbors, other artists, and the inventive SMMoA installation crew—all of whom were drawn together by the improbable task of bringing a mountain to the Museum.

This kind of heartfelt collaboration is at the very core of the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s dynamic spirit as a kunsthalle—to make something wonderful from nothing—to stretch the imagination and the intellect—to reach the sublime through creative ingenuity.

Follow Benjamin Weissman’s musings on skiing, snow, animism, forests, friendship, athleticism, painting, and language—on his blog, written to accompany the exhibition at


Beyond the ski slopes, many exciting new adventures are on the horizon at SMMoA. In recognition of SMMoA’s commitment to innovation and education, the City of Santa Monica has named the Museum as anchor tenant in its redevelopment plan for the Bergamot Station Arts Center that includes the new Metro Expo Line. As the Metro Expo train line races to completion and the planning for the new Museum building directly across from the station moves closer, we are diligently and creatively planning for the future: We envision increased gallery space and access; translucent walls; an expanded network of artists and collaborators; greater student and family engagement; and the Museum as a commuter destination and cultural hub for Los Angeles’ diverse communities.

Stay tuned, this season at SMMoA will be a flurry of lively programs and momentous change.


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Elsa Longhauser
Executive Director

Elsa Longhauser