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The Art Experience at Cedars-Sinai

Patients, visitors and employees gain a unique benefit from creative surroundings.

Is it possible to experience some of the world's greatest artworks at a hospital? It is if you're a patient, visitor or staff member at Cedars-Sinai. See works by Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall, sculptures by Jonathan Borofsky and Claes Oldenburg—all part of a collection of masterpieces that can inspire your imagination, reduce stress and trigger healing.

Each artwork is the result of generous donations that started 50 years ago. Since then, the therapeutic-art collection has grown to include more than 4,000 pieces by more than 1,200 artists.

CBS News: The Healing Arts
CBS News: The Healing Arts

CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker talks to Cedars-Sinai curator John T. Lange, sculptor Woods Davy, art critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and donors Leonard and Susan Nimoy about Los Angeles's best "little secret" that's hiding in plain sight.

Preview of Art from the Therapeutic Collection

Comforting, surprising, nostalgic, stimulating—these are some of the emotional connections viewers make with the notable works in the Cedars-Sinai Art and Healing collection.

Examples of Artists in the Cedars-Sinai Collection

Nicolas Africano
Yaacov Agam
Josef Albers
F. Albert
Lita Albuquerque
Peter Alexander
John Altoon
Karel Appel
Robert Arneson
Charles Arnoldi
Tadashi Asoma
Chet Atkins
Olle Baertling
Larry Bell
Billy Al Bengston
Fletcher Benton
Karl Blossfeldt
Jonathan Borofsky
Ernest Briggs
Hans Burkhardt
Alexander Calder
Marc Chagall
Judy Chicago
Jean Cocteau
Bruce Cohen

Robert Cottingham
Salvador Dali
Ronald Davis
Woods Davy
Willem de Kooning
Richard Diebenkorn
Guy Dill
Laddie John Dill
Jim Dine
Richard Duardo
Craig Ellwood
Max Ernst
Judy Fiskin
Sam Francis
Helen Frankenthaler
Frank O. Gehry
Alberto Giacometti
June Harwood
Tim Hawkinson
David Hockney
Patrick Hogan
Tom Holland
George Herms
Brad Howe
George Hurrell

Robert Irwin
Norman Ives
Ynez Johnston
John Paul Jones
Paul Klee
L.A. Fine Arts Squad
Roy Lichtenstein
Joan Miro
Joan Mitchell
Lee Mullican
Bruce Nauman
Lowell Nesbitt
Christine Nguyen
Ken Noland
John Okulick
Claes Oldenburg
Helen Pashgian
Raymond Pettibon
Pablo Picasso
Ken Price
Mel Ramos
Robert Rauschenberg
Jeff Reese
Larry Rivers
James Rosenquist

Edward Ruscha
Analia Saban
Donald Saff
Terry Schoonhoven
Ben Shahn
Alexis Smith
Judy Stabile
Jennifer Steinkamp
Frank Stella
Rufino Tamayo
Masami Teraoka
Wayne Thiebaud
Ann Thornycroft
Victor Vasarely
Claude Venard
Lee Waisler
Tom Waldron
Robert Walker
Andy Warhol
William Wegman
Leigh Wiener
William T. Wiley
Guy Williams
Robert Wilson
Larry Zox

Be an Art Guide

Learn how you can become a docent for the Cedars-Sinai art collection.

Bej an Art Guide

The Cedars-Sinai Art and Healing program is expanding its program of docent-led art tours for patients and staff. Medical center personnel and volunteers with a passion for art are eligible to become docents.

  • Share your love of fine art
  • Comfort and inspire patients
  • Enjoy masterpieces up close
  • Meet like-minded art lovers

Donate Art to Cedars-Sinai's Collection

If you own fine art that you believe would make a great addition to the Cedars-Sinai therapeutic art collection, or if you're interested in finding out more about donating, we would love to hear from you.

Other Helpful Info
History of the Collection

More than 50 years ago, Marcia Simon Weisman set in motion a drive to make art of healing a priority at Cedars-Sinai, starting with donations from her family's art collection.

Behind the Scenes

Meet John T. Lange. Not many medical facilities have their own art curator, but with its astonishing collection of contemporary art, Cedars-Sinai does.