In our last fiscal year, the County of Los Angeles, alongside one of the city’s most generous private philanthropists, took significant steps toward the next phase of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s evolution. In November 2014, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Plan of Finance for LACMA’s East Campus replacement building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor. The building, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023, will provide a better display for LACMA’s collection of works and create more open, accessible space for visitors from near and far. The approved plan includes a county contribution of $125 million, to be matched by private donations of $475 million. As a public/private partnership, LACMA will look to the generosity of the county’s civic and business leaders to fund more than 75% of the building’s cost.
After the Supervisors’ vote, A. Jerrold Perenchio announced his promised gift of nearly 50 masterpieces of Impressionist and Modern art, including works by Degas, Manet, Monet and Magritte. Mr. Perenchio made his promised gift—the largest single gift ever made to LACMA—with the confidence that these works will one day be on view in one of the world’s most beautiful spaces for art.
LACMA opened our 50th anniversary year with a gala celebrating significant gifts of art from our generous supporters. We presented 47 diverse exhibitions, including Samurai, Pierre Huyghe, Archibald Motley, African Textiles from the Mis Collection, Ed Moses, and Larry Sultan. With generous support from the county’s Productivity and Investment Fund, we also have transformed a part of our library into the Art + Technology Lab and launched a program championing technology-based artist projects through grants and in-kind support from leading technology companies. This initiative is part of The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology, a historic 10-year partnership with Hyundai Motor Company exploring the convergence of art and technology.
For the fifth year in a row, LACMA welcomed more than a million visitors to its campus—nearly 60% of whom visited for free thanks to programs like our NexGen youth membership program (free for all children under 18), and our weekday “Free after 3” program, which grants free admission to all Los Angeles County residents from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. LACMA also continued its ambitious arts education initiatives in 499 schools and libraries, reaching nearly 95,000 students.
Angelenos deserve access to the very best artworks of all times and all cultures. We’re delighted to carry out this mission for Los Angeles County, and we thank the county—and you—for your support and patronage.