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Santa Monica Museum of Art Relocates and Becomes LA’s Institute of Contemporary Art

The Santa Monica Museum of Art announced today that the institution is undergoing a major transformation. It has shed its old name for a new one: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The institute will open the doors of its new 12,700-square-foot space in downtown LA in 2017. Designed by Kulapat Yantrasast and the architectural firm wHY, the museum’s new facility at 1717 E. 7th Street will feature 7,000 square feet of exhibition space.

“In my sixteen years as executive director, what gives me the greatest pleasure is knowing that this new beginning is built on the solid foundation of our past institutional vision and accomplishments,” director Elsa Longhauser said. “Our name and location may be changing, but what remains constant is our goal to reveal the vibrant, untold stories and pivotal moments in the history of contemporary art.”

The Institute of Contemporary Art, LA, has also announced that it has launched a capital campaign with a goal of $5 million and it will be welcoming four new memebers to its board of directors. The members include Geoffrey Anenberg, a partner at Creative Space; Yuval Bar-Zemer, a partner at Linear City Development LLC; Vera Campbell, president of KWDZ Manufacturing, LLC; and Jennifer Schwab, a sustainability education expert for Sierra Club Green

Founded by Abby Sher in 1984, the Santa Monica Museum of Art has organized over 250 exhibitions featuring more than 300 artists including Michael Asher, Laura Owens, Chris Ofili, Peter Doig, and Raymond Pettibon. It welcomed over one million visitors to its former location in Bergamot Station Arts Center, which it left in May 2015.