Like beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder, making it difficult for beholders to see oncoming traffic or cliff edges. Navigate your way toward dazzling aesthetics with today’s Groupon to Laguna Art Museum. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $12 value).
- For $37, you get a one-year family membership (a $75 value).
Rooted deeply in the surrounding artist community, Laguna Art Museum illuminates the significance of regional influences on California art within a national and historic context. Showcasing works from the turn of the 20th century through present day, the museum’s permanent collection pays special homage to the early local art scene, when artists such as Charles Rollo Peters captured the spirit of the age with nocturnal depictions of Monterey’s houses, landscapes, and opossum baseball leagues. A current special exhibition, Noguchi: California Legacy, celebrates Los Angeles–born artist and designer Isamu Noguchi's work. Broken up into three segments, the exhibition examines Noguchi's South Coast Plaza sculpture garden, his 1986 Venice Biennale exhibit, and the Gemini G.E.L. sculptures he completed in 1982.
In addition to a year of unlimited admissions for up to two adults and their younger-than-18 progeny, each family membership imbues cardholders with additional benefits, including invitations to opening-night receptions, borrowing privileges at the museum library, and free piggyback rides from a docent of their choice.
Laguna Art Museum
The Laguna Art Museum began in 1918 as a small gallery in a converted cottage, where local artists would display and sell their pieces to the public. As the exhibits and collections grew larger over the next several decades, the founders moved the gallery into a larger, custom space, and eventually transformed it into a museum celebrating the development of Californian art from the 19th century to the present. The museum currently boasts a permanent collection of more than 3,500 works, as well as rotating exhibits that track the evolution of artistic expression.
To further its mission of spreading public appreciation for local art, the museum hosts informative lectures and open-house receptions. The museum’s Carole Reynolds Art Research Library also intrigues readers with more than 5,000 books, many of which chronicle the history of Californian art.