Founded in 1984 and opened in 1988, SMMoA supports the art of our time through exhibitions and related programs that embrace diverse aesthetic, cultural, and ideological perspectives. SMMoA presents innovative work by emerging and established artists; initiates and maintains artistic partnerships and collaborations; connects the visual arts to other systems of representation and knowledge; and provides an opportunity for audiences to experience significant developments in the Southern California art world.
The grant will go towards exhibition support for Norm Laich: This Brush for Hire. Organized by curators John Baldessari and Meg Cranston, this will be the first exhibition immediately after the opening of Metro Expo light rail station in January of 2016. The show explores a selection of specific works by 16 world renowned artists who shared one indispensable assistant, artist and sign painter Norm Laich, who fabricated each work and installation in the exhibition.