The Luckman Gallery is 3,600 square foot space located at the top of the Street of the Arts at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Since its inaugural exhibition in 1994, it has emerged as one of the most respected galleries in Los Angeles.





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Jamie Muñoz, Fin, acrylic on panel, 4' x 3', 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 10, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney is an attempt to engage with the idea that there are no clean boundaries in art, culture, and geography, and to deconstruct how such notions are formed and disputed. For over seventy-five years, the Walt Disney Company has continuously looked to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America for content, narratives, and characters, beginning with Donald Duck’s first role in the Mexican-themed Don Donald (1937). The 1971 text by Chilean scholars Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart—Para leer al Pato Donald—considered Disney comic books as a form of cultural imperialism, and the curators have used its arguments as a starting point to show that Disney cannot be seen as something simply exported to the rest of the Americas, and passively received. Like any other cultural force or mythology in Latin America, Disney imagery has always been quickly reinterpreted, assimilated, adapted, cannibalized, syncretized, and subverted in popular culture and the fine arts.

Spanning painting, photography, graphic work, drawing, sculpture, and video, as well as folk art and vernacular objects, joint exhibitions at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA explore this history and the ways Latin American artists have responded to, played with, re-appropriated, and misappropriated Disney iconography.


Please be advised that this exhibition contains mature themes. 

Exhibition Dates: September 09 - January 14, 2017

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.



Bruce Yonemoto: The Imaginary Line Around the Earth


The End Of The World At The Edge Of The Earth video still, 2017

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA's Luckman Gallery is pleased to present The Imaginary Line Around the Earth, an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Bruce Yonemoto which surveys artwork inspired by his research in South America. The installations and videos span a period between 1992-2017.  Much of Yonemoto's work examines the unreality of the media landscape, a landscape that distorts and manipulates our understandings of important and shared issues such as class and race. The exhibition will also debut Yonemoto’s most recent project The End of the World at the Edge of the Earth, shot in Argentina and produced with a grant from Creative Capital.

Exhibition Dates: March 25 - May 13, 2017

Artist walkthrough with Bruce Yonemoto and Juli Carson: April 22nd, 2 pm.

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12-5 pm.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.




Richard T. Walker, the consequences of everything else (detail), 2016. 

Jacqueline Gordon, Linda, Tammy III, Barbra and Tammy IV (installation view), 2016

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA's Luckman Gallery is pleased to present an immersive sound experience with two solo projects by artists Jacqueline Gordon and Richard T. Walker. Each artist utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to making work that explores how sound, objects, and people interact with one another. While Jacqueline Gordon explores the intersections of sound and noise in relation to the physical spaces, Richard T. Walker employs a variety of media to explore and question the experience of the individual within their natural landscape. The exhibition will employ a collection of unique sound based works. This exhibition is co-curated with Julio Cesar Morales, curator of Arizona State University Art Museum.

Exhibition Dates: January 21 - March 4, 2017

Opening reception: January 21, 2017 from 6 - 8p.m.

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12-5 pm.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.


M.L. Dodge & Jay Lizo: Permanent Score

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA is proud to present Permanent Score, an exhibition featuring new works by M.L. Dodge and Jay Lizo. The exhibition showcases the intersection of the two artists with distinctly contrasting approaches and concentrations in their processes. Focusing on the image/idea of the crate, Dodge and Lizo venture into different trajectories in what the standard shipping crate can transform into, what it can contain, where it might go, or what it might imply.

Jay Lizo has created two new animations for the exhibition. The inspiration for the two animations come from two books, “Hot Art” and “ How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art.” The animations explore his fantasy between the Abstract Expressionist relationship to the Cold War and the circulation of modern art within the black market to the museum world. The animation balances between the absurd and the possibility of truth.

Through modifying pre-existing characteristics of a shipping container and architectural elements of the gallery itself, M.L. Dodge’s work suggests alternative ways of thinking about how space is divided, used, and how we interact with it. By plugging custom built lasers into all 52 electrical outlets in the gallery, he creates just-above-floor-level gridded plane, tracing the viewers movements as they traverse the exhibition. An art shipping crate turned bleachers is paired with one of Lizo’s video projections, suggests the inside of the crate is to guard the viewers rather than housing a crafted object. Dodge cuts an opening into a wall to pull back the veil of facade, allowing the viewer to enter and climb upwards to gain a new perspective on how the exhibition itself can be experienced.

Exhibition Dates: October 22 - December 17, 2016

Opening reception: October 22, 2016 from 6 - 8p.m.

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12-5 pm.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.


Kara Tanaka

This first survey exhibition of Los Angeles based artist Kara Tanaka spans her work from 2005-2011. The exhibit will feature a cross section of Tanaka’s work, which has often explored the central themes of transcendence through her own aesthetic synthesis that merges the primitive with the futuristic.  

Her work often reveals the shared relationship between different forms of religious mysticism and the metaphysical undertones of our own technological progress.

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