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.
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I found out about the Annenberg Space For Photography (which opened up back in March of 2009) while doing a google search on any new museums in Los Angeles and this one popped up.I went to visit with my friend Anthony DeGoede back on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and we both really enjoyed the photography exhibits that we seen and during our visit we saw the featured one called "Identity" by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders which is comprised of 151 large-format photography of pioneers in historically marginalized communities and in his work he includes race, gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity here in the United States. This special exhibition includes: The Black List, The Latino List, The Women's List, The Out List and The Trans List.They were very amazing exhibits to view and they change 3-4 times per year.Virtual Reality Experience: I really enjoyed this exhibit as well and while I was there, I got to view the making of The Trans List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders who had welcomed a camera crew into his studio to film an immersive virtual reality experience that is exclusive to this exhibit. The film allows visitors to observe the acclaimed photographer's process as if they were in the room with him and his photo subjects.Simply Amazing!I just want to personally thank the Annenberg Space For Photography for putting on such a Wonderful, Educational and Inspiring Exhibition.I hope to visit you all again!Sincerely yours,Howard Paul ShoreAnthony DeGoede Visitors And Special Guests/HPS
I Am So Glad That I Finally Visited Watts Towers And Their Art Center...I have been living in Los Angeles for the most part since 1994 and I have Never visited the Watts Towers and Art Center up until Saturday, August 27, 2016 whereby I asked Diego to join me on this venture.I honestly was scared to go because of the area for the longest time, but on this day I just used my gut feeling and took the risk and went for it and thankfully it was Not as bad as some people have made out the area to be.When we got there, we just had to walk on Graham Avenue just a few short blocks and made our way to the towers.We visited their two art galleries and seen a short film and then we went on their first tour which started at 10:30 am and our talented guide was James who knows all about the history of the towers, including the life of Simon Rodia who was the founder and creator of the Watts Towers. Thank you James for the Tour, including Lionel, the Guard!Howard Paul ShoreDiego
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.
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.
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.
I love LACMA! This museum is constantly changing their exhibitions and has a huge collection of ancient and historical art and artifacts. I really enjoyed the ancient Buddhist and Hindu collections. The museum is very large and each building has multiple floors so it's easy to spend an entire day here. During the week, LA county residents are free after 3pm. Also, there is ample free street parking if you go at a less busy time during the week.
One of the most fun museum experiences I've had and now tops the list I give visitors when they ask what to do when they are in LA. The collection is eclectic and fun. Some art has history and others is as recent as 2015. One of the more moving pictures was a giant photograph taken at the Ferguson riots. Gave me a new appreciation for all works of art and I left really excited by a few exhibits. Highly recommended.