Culture & Art Galleries in Beverly Hills
While Beverly Hills is most known for shopping, dining and the celebrities who regularly enjoy the two, many are surprised to learn that the city is overflowing with art, architecture and cultural attractions.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located within the historic Beverly Hills Post Office, an award-winning architectural gem designed by Ralph C. Frewelling in the Italian Renaissance Revival style with WPA project murals by Charles Kessler, which was in operation from 1934 to 1998. The campus that once delivered the mail, now delivers the performing arts. Since opening its doors in October 2013, The Wallis has produced or presented more than 150 dance, music and theater programs that are local, national and international in scope. The Wallis campus includes the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, the 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater, the Promenade Terrace (featuring Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends, and other free public programming) and GRoW @ The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education and outreach classrooms. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Paul Crewes and Managing Director Rachel Fine, The Wallis remains a vital community and cultural hub for the city of Beverly Hills.
The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media was designed by renowned architect Richard Meier of Getty Center fame. Its contemporary facade boasts floor to ceiling windows and sleek, modern lines. Inside, The Paley provides guests with an opportunity to access an international collection of nearly 160,000 programs covering 100 years of television and radio history. Choose from the collection and watch or listen to it at an individual or family console. Throughout the year, the center presents screening events and panel discussions with today’s most celebrated television actors, directors and producers.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Headquarters
Located on Wilshire Boulevard, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences features a Grand Lobby Gallery which is free and open to the public. Visit the lobby to view rotating art exhibits such as collections of rare, vintage movie posters. This Academy building is where the nominations for the Academy Awards are announced each year. Screenings happen throughout the year for members and their guests in the building's 1,012-seat, state-of the-art Samuel Goldwyn Theater and its 67-seat screening room.
Some of the biggest names in contemporary and fine art can be found in Beverly Hills. Galleries in the city include Gagosian Gallery, Galerie Michael, Denis Bloch Fine Art Gallery, Mouche Gallery and Timothy Yarger Fine Art. Renoir, Warhol, Picasso and Dali can all be found on gallery walls around the city. Legends of the art world Richard Serra, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons and Frank Gehry have all been shown at Gagosian Gallery, all in just one year alone.
More than 60 public art pieces can be seen throughout the city with notable works including Hymn of Life: Tulips by Yayoi Kusama in Beverly Gardens Park and The Swan by Jack Zajac on Camden Drive. Pieces most recently added to the City’s collection include Twins by Richard Sera and IO by Carol Bove.
Take a quick tour through Beverly Gardens Park, between Rodeo and Rexford Drives to see many significant pieces up close, such as Erratic and Endless. Erratic, a 15-foot wide stainless steel sculpture by Roxy Paine symbolizes a glacier's path as it is carried hundreds of miles from its origin over time while Endless by Jaume Plensa was created by fusing together steel letters from eight different languages and molding the piece into the shape of a seated human.
Rodeo Drive Walk of Style
Introduced in 2003, the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style honors style icons for their legendary contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment. Walk of Style inductees receive a lasting tribute with permanent plaques featuring their signatures, which are embedded into the sidewalks along Rodeo Drive. Recipients of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award have included Giorgio Armani, Bvlgari, Missoni, Diana Vreeland and Burberry.
Tour the Walk of Style starting at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way and head north to view plaques along both sides of Rodeo Drive’s 300 and 400 blocks.
Torso by Robert Graham
Standing 14-feet tall at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way stands the symbol for the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style®, a sculpture entitled Torso. Created by world-renowned artist Robert Graham, this sculpture has become a focal point of the famed street. In addition to receiving a plaque on Rodeo Drive, each recipient inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style receives a maquette of Torso, also designed by Mr. Graham.
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Updated: February 25, 2016