Remember when I told you there will lots of new fun things on the blog? Well, a lot more DIY is one of those things. Simple, chic, do-it-yourself type of projects that you can do no matter your artistic level, like these glitter Easter eggs.
There’s no argument that Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso are two of the most prolific artists of the 20th century. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City have joined forces to present Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time, an exhibition that examines the journey of both artists and the formation of modernism in Europe and Latin America.
I used to work at the Norton Simon Museum shortly after my move in 2004-05. I was a lecturer there for about 5-6 years. One of things I miss the most is their Asian and South Asian collection. The galleries feel like you’ve entered another world. They’re so peaceful and beautiful. It’s where I would go to center myself and get out of my thoughts. It was my way of traveling, even if just for a few, to another time and place. I always left with the reminder that the world is bigger and grander than what goes on in my mind, and that there are things that happen that cannot be explained.
With everything flooding our timelines right now, I invite you to take a look at these beautiful sculptures that span over the course of 2,000 years. India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Burma , China, Vietnam and Indonesia are all represented in this extraordinary collection. What we look at and read affects us. As a news junkie myself, I have to keep reminding myself of that.
Yesterday’s Women’s March in LA was everything I had hoped it would be and more. The energy of the crowd was positive, uplifting and empowering. When I got home and saw the news coverage from all the world, I felt beyond honored to be part of this movement.
Why did I march? Because it doesn’t matter that I went to a private school, that I worked at museums and that I was born in the states. I’ve been to parts of this country that do not care about my work or contributions. I’m just brown. I grew up in a community where I was called spic and immigrant regularly. I know what it’s like to be that kid, that woman, that person who is judged by the way they look. I marched for every person who has ever been discriminated against, hurt and brutally targeted because they were born with more melanin.
Live in LA? Love art? Can’t get enough Mexican food? Need ideas for a girls day out? I have two suggestions for you — Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Guelagetza Restaurant. Yes, a spa day is nice. Or a shopping spree. But so is a great art show and food. I mean, food is always a win — especially is tacos are involved.
The beauty of LACMA is that it’s big enough for you to split up visits. No need to do it all in one big overwhelming day. Make a theme of it. For example, Dove Dry Spray (one of our work clients) recently invited several Latina Influencers to the museum for an afternoon of 20 century Latin American Art.
Instead of just wandering about, request that someone walk you through for a more informed experience. A docent walked us through the galleries, and I really loved being able to ask questions and learn more about the works. But then again, I’m an art nerd.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, there’s always something new to learn. For example, the portrait below was painted by Diego but wasn’t discovered until his death. It is believed that it’s the only portrait he ever painted of her.
I’m not really into numerology, but lately I’ve been strongly questioning the constant 11’s that keep appearing throughout my day. It started with seeing 9:11 over and over again followed by my boss booking a return flight from Miami on 9/11. I was like, OK, why are these numbers following me around? Is it my subconscious mind trying to make me aware of something I’m not seeing? A coincidence? Was something horrible going to happen? Or maybe something amazing was in the works? I had no idea. The number 911 never meant anything good, so why was I seeing it so much?
During our visit to Philly, we stopped by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the exhibit Creative Africa.
The show, a beautiful curation of contemporary photography, fashion and architecture, is comprised of the visionary work of artists throughout Africa. The entire exhibition is made up of five shows: Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, Three Photographers/Six Cities, Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage, The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community and Threads of Tradition. [Read more…]
I recently attended Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins’ opening reception for Beyond Shadows. His work is a delightful fall into the rabbit hole of imagination filled with colorful phantasmic characters living in their own worlds.
We recently attended a beautiful exhibit at Forest Lawn Museum focusing on the work of Eyvind Earle. Magical, soothing and colorful are the first words that come to mind when I think of his work. But before I get into the show, can I just say that I’ve never been to this museum? I’m so ashamed to admit that I’ve lived in LA for, wow, 12 years! And I did not know that Forest Lawn had a museum. A wonderful museum, at that. Great space, views, all of it.
I’ve worked at many different museums and studied a variety of collections but none has ever moved me more than modern and contemporary art. The movement, the colors, the lack of color, the negative space … Whatever it is, it has always evoked a feeling in me.
Modern Art at Norton Simon Museum
Somewhere in the early to mid 1800’s, artists started focusing on the psychology and emotion of their subject and environment. This shift (from centuries of representational work) encouraged the viewer to dig a little deeper forcing them to look at things within themselves to make sense of what their looking at. I mean, how could you look at the Picasso painting below and not recognize that your interpretation is seeped in your own experiences? That’s the beauty of it. You complete the painting.
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The reason for visiting an art museum is pretty obvious. You’re there to see art. However, museums are pretty awesome for other things 1. shopping (yes, I totally condone exiting through the gift shop) 2. eating. Not every museum has a great cafe, but many do and they’re pretty perfect if you’re looking for place to brunch.
The Getty Villa Cafe
My fiance and I visited the Getty in Malibu with the sole intention of getting our grub on. The art stroll was our second priority. What can I say, we like to eat. And I make no qualms about discussing a good salmon over a Roman or Greek bust any day. This is coming from someone who paid a pretty penny on art history classes. Take it from me, feel free to enjoy the many of other aspects of visiting museums without reservation. Dessert included.