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SPARC Digital/Mural Lab, “Votaremos! We Will Vote!” at MOLAA (photo courtesy MOLAA)

Museums and cultural institutions around Los Angeles have been closed for the past seven months, forced to shift their focus to online programming. In advance of the election, a select few will be opening their doors, not for art, but to serve as polling places for early ballot drop-off and in-person voting on election day. Some opened last Saturday as 11-day voting centers, while others will open later this week for four or five days. 

If you can vote and haven’t yet — or just want to spread the word — below is a handy list with addresses and hours of operation.

Reagan Library 

Hours: Saturday October 31–Monday, November 2, 10am–6pm; Tuesday, November 3, 7am–8pm
Where: Reagan Library’s Presidential Learning Center (40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley

Featuring Air Force One, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and a replica of the Oval Office (complete with jelly bean jar), the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is an impressive monument to the life and legacy of the nation’s 40th president. Although the exhibition spaces are closed, it will serve as a voting center beginning on Halloween, allowing voters to cast their ballot just steps from the tomb of one of our country’s most polarizing leaders.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

When: Friday, October 30–Monday, November 2, 10am-7pm; Tuesday, November 3, 7am–8pm
Where: Main lobby at the Museum of Latin American Art (628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach

Long Beach’s MOLAA is just one of the sites where posters from SPARC’s Voter Turnout Campaign can be seen. 

“Amendment 19: Votes for Women Exhibit” (image courtesy the Museum of Ventura County)

Museum of Ventura County

When: Saturday, October 31–Monday, November 2, 10am-6pm; Tuesday, November 3, 7am–8pm
Where: Museum of Ventura County’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion (100 E. Main Street, Ventura

The Museum of Ventura County has two election-themed virtual exhibits: one on the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and Votes for Women, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian focused on women’s suffrage.

Aram Han Sifuentes in her studio (photo by Tori Soper)

Skirball Cultural Center

When: Saturday, October 24–Monday, November 2, 10am-7pm; Tuesday, November 3, 7am–8pm
Where: Ahmanson Hall, Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood, Los Angeles) 

In addition to being an in-person voting center, the Skirball is hosting an online presentation of Aram Han Sifuentes’s “Official/Unofficial Voting Station,” giving a symbolic voice to those excluded from voting.

Hammer Museum

When: Saturday, October 24–Monday, November 2, 10am-7pm; Tuesday, November 3, 7am–8pm
Where: Main lobby at the Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, Los Angeles)

The opening date of the Hammer’s biennial of Angeleno artists Made in LA is still undetermined, but there are two public artworks from the show on view: Kahlil Joseph’s “BLKNWS” film is playing at various locations around the city, and Larry Johnson’s billboards are at five sites around MacArthur Park. Parking at the museum is free for all visitors to the Vote Center. Enter on the east side of Westwood Boulevard, just north of Wilshire Boulevard.

Community Altar by by Ofelia Esparza and Rosanna Esparza Ahrens in Grand Park east of the Music Center (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

The Music Center

When: Saturday, October 24–Monday, November 2, 10am-7pm; Tuesday, November 3, 7am–8pm
Where: The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, second floor, Stern Grand Hall (135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)

Throughout Grand Park, Self-Help Graphics has organized a series of Día de los Muertos altars, which continue onto the Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza with two digital ofrendas. The plaza also features two photography exhibits on strategies of perseverance and resilience in BIPOC communities. The Music Center will offer curbside voting at 218 N. Hope Street for those who would rather stay in their vehicle or who require assistance.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.

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