I went to the Long Beach Museum of Art a while back. This time not only for the delicious food at Claire's, but for the actual art. It's always a hit or miss with LBMA (hello boring clay figurines), but I have to say their current show California, Seen : Landscapes of a changing California, was a hit.
The exhibition is a collection of California landscape paintings from the 1930's through the 1970's by a wide variety of artists, the medium is mostly watercolor.
Some of my favorite pieces were three litographs by Thomas Hart Benton, watercolors by Leon Amyx, Charles Keck, Greta Lindroth, Leonard Cutrow and Dave Fox.
I especially liked the industrial depictions in Leonard Cutrow's "The Gravel Pit"
"Bean Hopper" by Charles Keck was another favorite. The colors are just amazing!
Dave Fox's "Figueroa Street Interchange" is another piece that is absolutely stunning, unfortunately I can't find an image on the internet, so you will just have to go there and see for yourself. The exhibition will run until April 5th, 2009, so no rush.
Long Beach Museum of Art: 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Fridays are Free!)