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Local Color – A Day at LACMA

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I’ve lived in Los Angeles County for 23 years, and today I finally visited LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) for the first time. The kids were good sports, even though the traffic was abysmal – worse than usual. Once we got our stickers, we headed to Urban Light – a piece I’ve seen friends post photos of for years. Now I want to view it at night.

Urban Light by Chris Burden

Urban Light by Chris Burden

Another view

Another view

We put our name down to go to a reservation-only installment called Breathing Light by James Turrell. We had 45 minutes till our time, so we headed in to see other exhibits.

There were several exhibits in the first building we hit – the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, where we saw:

Dead crows

Dead crows

Cool big sculptures

Cool big sculptures

Metropolis - a piece with moving parts

Metropolis – a piece with moving parts

Looking at Junk Dada

Looking at Junk Dada

"It's a wheel!" "It's a parasol!"

“It’s a wheel!” “It’s a parasol!”

In the “50 for 50” Exhibit, we saw this really cool piece that held a little surprise.

One side

One side

It looks different from different sides.

Other side.

Other side

Calder moving sculpture

Calder moving sculpture

One fun piece is another I’ve seen photos of for years. I’ve always called it spaghetti.

Jesús Rafael Soto’s Penetrable

Jesús Rafael Soto’s Penetrable

As we were on our way out, we saw this piece (I don’t know the name). My children thought they looked like frames and immediately froze as if they were trapped.

Still life

Still life

I still have many art museums to visit, but I’m glad we did this, despite the traffic. It’s a great trip, and only $15 for adults and kids under 18 are free. There’s a program called NexGen, where kids under 18 can get memberships for free (that lasts till they’re 18) and they can bring an adult for free. So, of course, I signed my kids up!

~Genevieve

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