Credit: Copyright 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA

In October, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, a 45,000-square-foot glass-and-marble addition to its evolving campus. LACMA inaugurates the Renzo Piano–designed space with “Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico” (Oct. 2–Jan. 9), coinciding with this year’s bicentennial of Mexican independence, which shows artifacts from as early as 1400 B.C.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA presents “Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space” (Dec. 12–Feb. 27;, a landmark show about visual perceptions featuring works by Latin American artists.

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s second season at the L.A. Philharmonic ( brings expansive scores such as Olivier Messiaen’s sonically luxuriant Turangalîla symphony (Oct. 14–17).

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary was first founded as the Temporary Contemporary in 1983 before becoming a permanent gallery and shop. The space, a renovated former warehouse in Little Tokyo, is now a multi-room canvas used to display the contemporary tours de force. For instance, the 2011 “Art in the Streets” exhibit brought graffiti to the Geffen, enlivening the space with bold, explosive works by artists like Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

With more than 128,000 pieces of art in their encyclopedic collection including David Hockney and Vincent Van Gogh, it can be a task navigating a day at LACMA. After stopping for obligatory selfies in front of Chris Burden’s iconic cast iron street lamps known as Urban Light, be sure to check out the artist’s lesser-known but equally impressive Metropolis II, where every hour, approximately 1,000 toy cars race through the dense network of buildings, giving you a playful simulation of what it’s like to deal with L.A. traffic on a daily basis.

By Mario R. Mercado and Adam Baer