Happy Birthday, Resnick Pavilion

This week, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Resnick Pavilion. This massive addition—it added 45,000 square feet of gallery space—has allowed us to showcase exhibitions that highlight LACMA’s encyclopedic nature, from ancient Olmec sculpture to macabre Tim Burton sketches to midcentury furniture and design, all in one building. The diversity of exhibitions has attracted numerous visitors in the year the pavilion has been open.


How numerous, you ask? Here is the Resnick Pavilion’s first year, by the numbers:

  • # of hours open: 2,652
  • # of exhibitions hosted: 8
  • # of artworks exhibited: 2,196
  • # of years spanned in art exhibited: over 2,800
  • # of guests that attended the exhibitions: 590,805
  • # of guests that attended docent-led tours: 6,327
  • # of students that attended as part of a school group: 6,233
  • # of buses provided to bring students to Resnick Pavilion exhibitions: 19

The space is actually one large square (a full acre of art). Since the inaugural trio of exhibitions, however, it has been split into three spaces to accommodate the exhibition schedule. Looking back at a year of the constant metamorphosis of the pavilion, you can see how the space adapts to the objects it holds.

Here is a quick look at the exhibitions that have been housed in the Resnick Pavilion over the past year.

Installation view, photo by Alex Vertikoff

Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico
October 2, 2010–January 9, 2011
Installation view, photo by Alex Vertikoff

Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection
October 2, 2010–January 2, 2011
Installation view, photo by Alex Vertikoff

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915 October 2, 2010–March 27, 2011

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915
October 2, 2010–March 27, 2011
Installation view

David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy
April 3–July 24, 2011
Installation view, © The Estate of David Smith/VAGA, New York
Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at Islamic Courts
June 5–September 5, 2011
Installation view

Tim Burton
May 29–October 31, 2011
Installation view

California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way”
October 1, 2011–March 25, 2012
Installation view

We’ll be adding another exhibition to this list, Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World,  next month, plus many more in the coming year.

Alex Capriotti

One Response to Happy Birthday, Resnick Pavilion

  1. LACMAvisitor says:

    Hard to believe there was a time when all the major special exhibitions at the museum had to be squeezed into the main level of the Hammer Wing.

    I feel tremendous gratitude to philanthropists like Lynda and Stewart Resnick, etc.

    Bravo and thanks to all of them!

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