GUESS? Who Has Their Own Museum
HANCOCK PARK—Museum Row has just extended further east with the May 25th opening of the Marciano Art Foundation, a new contemporary museum founded by brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano, co-founders of GUESS? clothing.
With an impressive start that includes works by Cindy Sherman, Takashi Murakami, Paul McCarthy and the late Mike Kelley, the new Hancock Park venue inhabits the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple.
According to guest curator Philipp Kaiser, some of the edifice’s history factored into his approach to unfurling the Marciano brothers’ personal art collection.
“The space is like an echo,” said Kaiser, the former curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art who conceived and organized the space’s main exhibit, “Unpacking: The Marciano Collection.”
Originally designed by Millard Sheets as the masonic temple, the building opened in 1961.
Established in 2013—the same year Maurice Marciano bought the Scottish Rites building for a reported $8-million—the Marciano Art Foundation charged architect Kulapat Yantrasast with overseeing the conversion of the 110,000 square-foot site into a museum which now features 65,000 square feet of exhibition space across three stories.
As if the neo-Art Deco bones of this landmark location itself isn’t worth investigating, the art within—on display until Christmas—offers a great deal of fantasy, quirkiness and political edge, such pieces by London-based Polish native Goshka Macuga and Buenos Aires-born Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.
A trio of sculptures prefacing the entrance, Alex Israel’s mezzanine-level fauna/flora mural and Jim Shaw’s “The Wig Museum,” takes up most of the museum’s ground floor—were created just for this museum’s inaugural 2017 run.
Museum admission is free but RSVP is required at marcianoartfoundation.org