KMA Travels: Los Angeles



Leading the Way: LA Visionaires with the Katonah Museum of Art

January 31 – February 4, 2017

About the Trip:
Over the past ten years, all eyes have turned to Los Angeles as the source of exciting growth in the art market. The LA art community, which doesn’t limit itself to fine art and includes all creative professionals, is surrounded by the energy and the excitement of collaboration. As a result, LA has quickly become the 2nd largest art market in the United States after New York.

Join us for an insider’s tour of this burgeoning art mecca curated and led by Darsie Alexander, the Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art, who will be accompanied by Elizabeth Rooklidge, Associate Curator of the Museum.

To provide you with a nuanced perspective on the LA art world, Darsie has arranged for conversations with two visionary museum leaders who currently call LA home. These special LA installments of the KMA Well Directed Series include a coffee and conversation with Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) who has overseen the transformation of the 20-acre campus with buildings by Renzo Piano. Michael imported Darsie’s exhibition, Franz West: To Build a House You Start with the Roof, Work 1972-2008, which opened in LACMA’s Annenberg Building in 2008.

For the second conversation, our group will meet with James Cuno, the President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust – the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts – for an afternoon drink and discussion. Jim was the President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago prior to joining the Getty. Darsie worked for Jim as a fellow at the Harvard University Art Museums in the 1990s.


Lari Pittman, This Amusement, Beloved and Despised, Continues Regardless, 1989


 In addition to these intimate gatherings, our group will also make several studio visits with LA artists including Gary Simmons, best known for his large-scale erasure drawings, and Lari Pittman, an abstract painter who had a mid-career retrospective at LACMA in the late 1990’s. Private tours of the Getty, LACMA and the new Broad Museum as well as select LA galleries and private collections will round out our itinerary.


Gary Simmons, Boom, 1996


Travel in and around LA will be by private coach, with luxury accommodations in West Hollywood. You will meet your fellow travelers at our welcome dinner the evening of Tuesday, January 31st, and bid farewell to your new friends at our closing dinner the evening of Friday, February 3rd. Be assured we will dine at some of the best restaurants LA has to offer.

This tour is specially designed for laypeople who may or may not be familiar with contemporary art and sculpture but who have a keen interest in the ideas and imagination of our times. To see the art, especially in the company of a curator and fellow travelers, is to strengthen our faculties of critical thinking and to find solidarity in the transformative power of creative thinking.

Pricing and Availability:
Land-only Tour Price $4,399 per person, double occupancy; includes a $500 tax-deductible donation to the Museum. Single Supplement $980. The tour price is based on a minimum of 15 paying participants. Space is limited. $1000 deposit required to secure reservation.

Make your reservation to join us for this exciting exploration of the LA art scene, by sending an email to or calling 914-701-3202.