Art Museum Hopping in L.A.

Hey everyone! It’s been almost a week since my last post, which makes me super sad but I honestly didn’t have a choice. Firstly, school (especially my graphic design portfolio) has kept me busier than most semesters, which I wasn’t expecting from my last few months of college. Secondly, I caught the flu! What a great time to get sick, right? It’s been hitting me pretty hard so I’ve had to miss a few classes. The one thing I didn’t allow myself to miss though, was a field trip to L.A. for my Studio Seminar class, which focuses on Contemporary Art. We took the trip yesterday, and even though I was feeling absolutely terrible, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t attend. So today’s post will be all about my trip to L.A. with my class and everything we saw!

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The night before I made sure to pack a small backpack with DayQuil, cough drops, and TONS of tissues, because your girl was sick as a dog! We all met in the morning and started off our day with some bagels. The drive from San Diego to Los Angeles took a little over two hours, which definitely wasn’t bad. Depending on traffic, the drive can take three or four hours (foreshadowing our drive home). Our plan was to museum hop to a couple different places all in and around the Arts District, which if you remember, I just posted about a few weeks ago when I went there with my fam. You can find that post here to find more fun adventures to be had in L.A.

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Since we got into the city a little earlier than the rest of our class, we stopped by Vista Hermosa park, which has a gorgeous view of the downtown skyline. I’d definitely recommend this spot if you want the classic L.A. photo! Here I am cheesin’ even though I was under the weather. Who am I kidding, I absolutely look like I’m sick, lol!

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In the Arts District, we started with the Geffen Museum, which is a part of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). We saw a massive piece by an artist we weren’t planning to check out. Spatially it was quite a large pice, so it took a while to walk around and see the whole thing. It was dark inside and was painted blue, so it looked like a movie set where they would film CGI and special effects. The pieces mirrored a post apocalyptic era, in which nature, modern times, and robotics, all intertwined and were a thing of the past. I took a few photos of it, but since it was pretty graphic and most of the animal remains were real, I don’t want to disturb anybody on this blog. I’m sure many would find this art interesting, but I won’t take my chances.

For lunch, we went to a place called Wurstküche, which was a great hotdog place. Best of all, they had TONS of vegetarian options. I got the vegetarian Italian with onions and classic ketchup and mustard.

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Moving on to the second museum, we visited Hauser and Wirth to see an artist named Mike Kelley. Even though he has passed, his work is still very much alive and fascinating!  His collection centered around the story of Superman and how he kept the city of Kandor alive in a bell jar. The first few rooms started off at a macro scale, with illuminated miniature cities filled with color and hope. As you move into other rooms though, Kelley zooms into the micro world of the Kandor people, who are oppressed and extremely zombie-like. Here are a few photos of the first few rooms, but again a lot of these pieces are a bit shocking, so I’ll refrain from showing those.

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To end the day, we found an adorable little coffee/frozen yogurt shop called Bae. It definitely had a specific aesthetic and was a very trendy place you’d usual find in L.A. Of course, I love the looks of lots of marble and tiles with black walls and illuminated type. We bought some charcoal frozen yogurt (with free toppings) on a charcoal cone. It was very refreshing even though it was about to rain outside. Sitting with a few of my friends in such a cute place was a great way to end our busy day.

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Finally, we made our way back to San Diego, this time it took us over three hours to get home, through a little bit of rainy and cloudy weather. I was still feeling very sick by this point but I made it through the entire day! I’m really glad I stuck it out and got to see so many amazing places and such unique art. I would love to move to L.A. one day so it’s nice to walk around and get familiar with all the different areas. Have you guys been to any of these places I’ve mentioned? Or do you have any opinions on contemporary art or  art in general? Let me know down in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “Art Museum Hopping in L.A.

  1. Omg, I wouldn’t last in the car for long trips if I was sick! Glad you made it! We have some museums here in Omaha, Nebraska. We try to go to the Durham Museum at least once or twice a year. We did visit a museum in Kansas City a few years ago that had some pieces from Chihuly. It was very cool to see, as I didn’t know I could find one so close. I do want to go to the Edgar Allan Poe museum in Virginia at some point as well.

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    1. wow those all sound amazing! my dad is from nebraska actually, so its funny to meet another person from there! i think it’s great you’re seeking out some unique art in a place where it isn’t super common (at least from my knowledge)! 😀

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      1. Well, I have family in San Diego lol. Small world! I think, Omaha is more up and coming for music than art per se. Bright Eyes is from Nebraska. A recording studio here also produced a Grammy nominated album. People assume there’s nothing here. It’s quite the opposite! 🙂

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