Inside the Marciano Art Foundation, a Masonic Temple Turned Spellbinding Art Museum

Inside the Marciano Art Foundation, a Masonic Temple Turned Spellbinding Art Museum

The Marciano Art Foundation, which recently opened on Wilshire Boulevard in the famous Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961, sits kitty-corner from the equally beautiful Wilshire Ebell Theater, surrounded by million-dollar historic homes. Turns out the Masonic Temple is a perfect setting for Guess co-founders Maurice and Paul Marciano's collection of modern art, which includes upward of 1,500 pieces. The current exhibitions — "Unpacking," which features pieces from the Marciano collection, and "The Wig Museum," longtime L.A. artist Jim Shaw's first museum show on the West Coast — revel in the strange and macabre. The old Masonic theater has been gutted and left open to show off the bones of the space. The combination of art and architecture makes for a breathtaking museum experience.

All photos by Star Foreman


The Marciano Art Foundation, which recently opened on Wilshire Boulevard in the famous Scottish Rite Masonic Temple designed by Millard Sheets in 1961, sits kitty-corner from the equally beautiful Wilshire Ebell Theater, surrounded by million-dollar historic homes. Turns out the Masonic Temple is a perfect setting for Guess co-founders Maurice and Paul Marciano's collection of modern art, which includes upward of 1,500 pieces. The current exhibitions — "Unpacking," which features pieces from the Marciano collection, and "The Wig Museum," longtime L.A. artist Jim Shaw's first museum show on the West Coast — revel in the strange and macabre. The old Masonic theater has been gutted and left open to show off the bones of the space. The combination of art and architecture makes for a breathtaking museum experience.

All photos by Star Foreman
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