From the Director 

In 2016 SMMoA will be accessible by train!

Today, we lay the tracks toward a new horizon—for our Museum, for Bergamot Station Arts Center, and for the broader Los Angeles community. By 2016, the Metro Expo train line will arrive at Bergamot Station, linking East and West Los Angeles by rail and knitting our city together through a latticework of cultural epicenters. As the anchor tenant of a newly developed Bergamot Station Arts Center, SMMoA will play a vital role in this transportation renaissance. We welcome this opportunity to amplify our mission and to be at the heart of a vibrant, new town square.

SMMoA is uniquely poised to welcome change. Defined by intellectual and curatorial agility, the kunsthalle functions as a cultural seismograph: responsive to the ideas and issues reverberating through an ever-changing art world. SMMoA’s capacity to sense and respond to the needs of a diverse public is evident in its award-winning education and outreach programs. We strive to nourish the community through the arts—to educate the eye, stimulate the intellect, and nurture the life of the mind and the spirit. We are committed to making contemporary art relevant, free, and accessible for all.


The fall season begins with Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy. Organized by guest curator Lucía Sanromán, the exhibition celebrates the power of art to spark dialogue, create new modes of civic engagement, and transform the laws by which cities and citizens are governed. Citizen Culture is prefaced in Project Room 1 by Dammi i Colori, a revelatory film made in 2003 by celebrated artist Anri Sala, which chronicles the polychromatic repainting of Tirana, Albania’s decaying buildings under the leadership of Mayor Edi Rama. Dammi i Colori evokes the notion of the city as canvas, and Citizen Culture champions art as a means for social transformation—both projects reflect SMMoA’s commitment to art as social action. 


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Elsa Longhauser
Executive Director

Elsa Longhauser