I came in search of Christian art on Holy Thursday and found some high above the 405 parking lot. I'll say it now: I'm hopelessly biased toward the Huntington, but it cannot be denied that the Getty has the more extensive and wide-reaching collection and the better views. This sidetrip was, without a doubt, far superior to class. But it's just so freaking busy! There's no such thing as quietly pondering the interplay of light, shadow, and subject when you're stepping on busloads of kids and listening to 30 foreign languages a minute. The museum is famous for its labyrinth, but in reality the whole place is just one big labyrinth, designed to allow the visitor to completely lose himself in a raptured state of mind. It's an island of white travertine rising above a sea of scrub brush on an LA mountaintop, and indeed stepping off of the tram and into its massive courtyard does elevate the spirit a bit. And there are more than a few steps to climb. And yet for all the effort everywhere you turn you find something beautiful, something thought-provoking, or something just plain strange (for this last point that's usually the architecture of the place itself.) For the benefit of the uninitiated, there are several galleries each covering a swath of history, ranging from before 1700 to the present day, as well as a selection of photographic works and furniture. Hand illuminated Byzantine Bibles, stained glass, and holy ornaments are to be found in one, while furniture, romantic portraiture, and landscapes are to be found in another. A "terrace" containing a deceptively large selection of photographic art (including a lovely Ansel Adams exhibit) is also to be found hidden off of the main cafe deck. And everywhere you look there seems to be a view - whether it's a gorgeous vista or a precious work of art. They have a wide array of food and drink to offer, including wines and beers. But because of the impossible lines that proliferated at all hours of the day (and the fact that I prefer to enjoy my artwork while sober) I did not partake and therefore cannot comment on their quality. The scope of the complex is positively massive, befitting the extensive collection of art that resides within. An intriguing blend of modern architectural sensibilities and eons old stone, for what it lacks in comforting welcoming quality it more than makes up for in distinction and energy. Like any great gallery, the Getty invites a spirit of adventure and exploration. It may at times feel a little sterile, and the surroundings a bit spartan for some of the more opulent and religious artwork contained within the collection, but its breadth and the promise of more discoveries around the corner make that shortcoming an easy one to overlook. The crowds, however, are insane. Even on a Thursday. You have been warned.
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (Italian: "Museo Italo Americano di Los Angeles" & abbreviated IAMLA) is a museum located in dwntwn LA, Calif is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument & is dedicated to the history, experience & continuing contributions of Italian Americans & Italians in Southern Calif & USA & is the 1st such museum in Southern Calif. The museum opened on Sunday, August 14, 2016 & has presented historical exhibits on Italians in LA, including Sunshine & Struggle & a variety of educational & cultural events. Furthermore, the museum is now located in the Italian Hall, a historic building listed on the National Register of Historic Places constructed in 1908 to serve as the cultural center for the Italian community. Located in what was once the core of the city's Italian enclave, the Italian Hall was the site of countless events (weddings, meetings & concerts) & Now, the Italian Hall is the oldest surviving structure from LA's Little Italy.
I wasn't sold by the exterior when they first announced about this new museum but I was too quick to judge. They way it's designed makes you feel not confined in the museum. You can see through those holes. Great to see the Broad family to share their private collection in such a beautiful place. It attracts a lot of people. You can stand in line to try to get in or you can get a reservation online and the wait is about 2 months but it's totally worth the wait. Great to see how many people visited the museum but it also attract a mix crowd. Some people love to take selfies in front of art works and cause them to touch the art work and blocking other people's view, very unfortunate. Underground garage for $12, they don't validate or there's a lot that's $10 across from the Disney Concert Hall.
My girlfriend took me on a date here for my birthday (yes we are that kind of couple). I loved it and could have spent hours in their reading all of the information. They have paintings from many of the famous serial killers including the world famous John Wayne Gacy clown painting, victorian era autopsy and burial tools, crime scene photos, taxidermy animals, an actual severed head, and more. I imagine some people may be turned off by the more gory exhibits but if you have even spent an hour on reddit nothing here should surprise you that much. Instead take in the information on natural death, and the terrible murderers/psychopaths who pervade society. Aside from the picture of the smiling couple mutilating a corpse I would take my mother here.
I absolutely adore LACMA!!!! There are a ton of different exhibits, and while you can always count on some exhibits remaining the same, the museum seems to be ever-changing. I love how everything is laid out and it's close proximity to the La Brea Tar Pits and plenty of food options. Food trucks line the street frequently, so you can eat something different every time you come. My favorite part though is the NexGen program, which allows children up to age 17 to enjoy the museum for free and bring one adult guest for free with their entry.
Being an art lover is not an easy task in Los Angeles with that many high profile exhibitions spaces and art schools around: LACMA, the Geffen Contemporary, Hammer, Getty Center, CalArts, Art Center, ... the list is long. Even though MOCA went through several years of mismanagement, it still managed to maintain something like a profile within LA's scene. Sadly, the permanent collection is not that fresh, and exhibitions often strike me as shallow, but nonetheless, this is an artspace that is desperately needed downtown!
Ok, I'm not going to rate the facility and amenities because this museum is just a store front on a Chinatown side street. The exhibit signage is often just notes, hand-written with a Sharpie on notebook paper. Yes, this is a museum dedicated to black velvet paintings. So is this place worth the $10. Heck yes. The Unicorn Birthing Room (yes, really) alone is worth the $10. Meeting the owner, Carl, is worth the $10. This is museum is a delight: a real celebration of the low-brow, kitchy, common and fun. Go!
One of our favorite museums. The exhibits change often enough that you can go back many times during the year. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions even if you're not part of a group. Everyone who works there is very helpful. There are a huge number of activities planned throughout the year that are very family friendly. They just had the Hahamongna native plant nursery there and we are now the proud owners of a Tecate Cypress and 2 other drought tolerant plants.
LA's art scene is not like anywhere else. It does not thrive in backyards or ruins. Instead it loves to sit right on top of things. This is where the "Getty Center" fits just perfectly. Take a walk from the parking lot to the museum instead of taking the train to make the transition from "down there" smoother. Because once you are on top you'll find yourself in architecture wonderland. The collection is so-so, the photography exhibitions are excellent and the view is stunning.
With a few exceptions, this place is an interesting and fun spot to take kids. There's an audio-guided tour that leads you through the old police station, and there are squad cars and a helicopter in back that they can actually climb around in. Be aware that a few of the exhibits (Watts riots, etc) may not be appropriate for children, but it's pretty easy to steer them to what's age-appropriate. I thought it offered up an interesting history of the LAPD.