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.
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.
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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Oh my goodness, friends. I have tons photos and unfinished posts that need to go up, but our Summit is happening this week .. and I have not been able to complete everything in time. But today is the Oscars, and in honor of this show, I’d like to share this really fun Art Streiber photography exhibit I attended a few weeks ago at Smashbox Studios.
My fiancé loves Frank Sinatra – his films, music and style. I’ve always enjoyed Sinatra myself but I must admit that my knowledge of this cultural icon was pretty basic. I knew the popular songs and the image, but it ended there. In the last few years, after several old Hollywood movie nights, I started to see why he was so loved by many. His music has become a staple in our home, as my fiancé loves to play his songs when he’s cooking, drawing or simply hanging out around the house. Something about his songs just raise the level sophistication to whatever it is that you’re doing. A feeling that today’s music seems to lack, I feel.
As soon as my fiancé learned that the Grammy Museum was exhibiting Sinatra: An American Icon, we all headed to DTLA to catch the show. My son also went along, as he too loves himself some “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”
The exhibit pretty much takes up the second floor of the museum, and holds a wide range of artifacts, photography and interactive multimedia stations for viewers to get the full-on experience that is Sinatra. It covers everything from his early career, musical influences (like Luis Armstrong and Bing Crosby) to his relationships with political figures, like JFK. If you don’t live in LA and have a few bucks left over from your tax refund to spend on a splurge, you may like this beautiful, limited-edition, luxury book, Sinatra. We saw one copy at the Grammy Museum gift shop, and it really is a gorgeous piece of art.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Latina Bloggers Connect and WSS Shoes. The opinions and text are all mine.
This collaboration with WSS has opened me up to the world of sneakers again. In my first post with WSS, I mentioned that sneaker buying was not something I really do unless it’s for working out. For casual wear? Not so much these days. No idea why. When I was younger, I couldn’t live my without my chucks. As I got older, the world of heels and cute flats steered me away from rubber soled classic beauties like these. How sad is that?
Undeniable technical skill and breathtaking hues of red are the first things I notice in Viveros’ work. The immaculate details call me in with urgency as an invitation to greet the subject who is unapologetically gazing right back at me head on.
The powerful women of Brian M. Viveros
The subjects in his paintings are delivering a message of empowerment, strength and vulnerability. After all, there is no strength without vulnerability, I feel. These women have the complete package of depth and heroism,. They’ve been through it all, have no regrets and are ready to take on the next fight. To protect their wounds, they’re covered in armor, headdresses and the head of a tiger or panther, which warns the viewer to not get too close. You will get hurt. In many ways, these women remind me of Klimt’s Pallas Athene – a painting I identified with for many years.