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11 am–6 pm

Sunday, Monday and all legal holidays
Closed for installation between exhibitions.



Michael Maltzan / SMMOA Bergamot Art Concept Sketch
School Programs
ARTransmissions Poster: Imagine Your Ideal Museum

Oct 30–Dec 14, 2014 iCal

ARTransmissions is a program that connects students and teachers with contemporary art and the exhibitions on view at the Museum.  

Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, SMMoA’s current exhibition, features the work of nine international artists and architects who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to reshaping public policy through aesthetics. Conceived by independent curator Lucía Sanromán, Citizen Culture is the first museum exhibition to rigorously consider the crucial question of efficacy in the growing field of social practice.

The ethos of Citizen Culture inspires this project-based poster, which invites students to reflect, investigate, and invent a space where art is presented. 

Free for K-12 classrooms and home schools (while supplies last). If you would like an ARTransmissions poster for your classroom, please send your request and mailing address to Click here to download a PDF version. 

The Holiday Shop at GRACIE

Nov 15–Dec 23, 2014 iCal
Project Room 1

Each year, the GRACIE gift shop expands for the holidays, filling to the brim with artful, one-of-a-kind gifts hand-selected by the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s retail curator. Opening day shoppers will enjoy cider, cookies, lots of good cheer, and unique gifts and items to delight the entire family. They will find unique gifts and items to delight the entire family in SMMoA’s holiday wonderland, including art objects, toys, and jewelry. All proceeds support SMMoA’s exhibitions and programs. 

Visit GRACIE online at or shop from the Holiday Gift Guide (PDF)

GIVE A GIFT–GET A GIFT: This year, GRACIE is thanking our loyal patrons with a gift from us to you. In addition to enjoying our Yuletide cheer, the first 50 visitors to purchase from our exciting holiday collection will receive a goody bag filled with items we have chosen for you (limit one per customer). 

Citizen Culture Artists and Architects Shape Policy SMMoA exhibition
Brian Weil and Moshe Ninio Opening Reception

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015

Guest curator Stamatina Gregory and visual literacy pioneer Philip Yenawine lead a walkthrough of Brian Weil, 1979-95: Being in the World, carving out a space for engagement and discussion within a body of work that, by design, complicates the relationship between photographer, subject, and viewer. Gregory is an independent curator and critic, whose years of research on Weil’s oeuvre uncovered rare and previously unidentified self-portraits and brought his final, unfinished transgender project to light. Yenawine—an activist, longtime friend of the artist, and co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE)—has been at the front lines of the fight for arts education, expanded visual literacy, and intentional looking for two decades.