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The Sympathetic Imagination

17 Feb

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This past weekend I saw The Sympathetic Imagination  by Los Angeles-based artist Diana Thater. The exhibition is a survey of her film and video work. I’d read about it and had been wanting to see it and am so glad I finally did.

The LACMA website describes the works as, “…dynamic, immersive installations.” It goes on to say that they “challenge and invert accepted positions and realities through the deployment of color, movement, scale, and architecture.” It is an extremely accurate description. The colors and images make you feel fully immersed and as though you become one with them. I can’t recommend this exhibition enough.

If you live in LA or plan to  visit, go see it. It’s on view until April 17.Luckily for me, I am member  of the museum and can return again to see it as many times as I want before its run ends.

(Photo by me of Big Red Sun, 2000 by Diana Thater)

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Karl Lagerfeld Exhibition

14 Jan

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Karl Lagerfeld:Parallel Contrasts,  will be on view at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany from February 15-May 11. On view will be photographs, drawings, films, product designs and other things he considers his obsessions. If you want to get a greater insight into Karl Lagerfeld and all the things that drive him, I recommend the documentary Lagerfeld Confidential. It’s a very interesting film and gives great insight into one of the world’s most famous fashion designers.

(Image by Karl Lagerfeld via WWD)

The Artist’s Studio

9 Jul

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This past weekend we went  to see part of the Urs Fischer retrospective at MOCA as well as A New Sculpturalism which is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. While walking from one gallery to another at MOCA I walked into an empty gallery space that appeared to have trash bags, then I realized that everything in that space was actually photographs. They were photos of artist Josh Smith’s studio. Most of you who have been following this blog for a while know of my deep appreciation for the ordinary converted into art. As you can see, Nick liked the photos too!

(All photos by me)

David Bowie Exhibition

22 Mar

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If you’re a David Bowie fan (like me), live in London, will be visiting this weekend or any time between Saturday and August 11, you should go see the exhibition that will highlight his career at the Victoria and Albert Museum. If you do plan to attend, you better hurry and get your tickets as soon as possible because 48,000 have already been booked!

(Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum via Vogue UK)

100 Museums to Visit

5 Feb

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Complex has put together a list of the 100 museums that should be visited. While this list has further reinforced what I already know to be true, that I have a lot more traveling to do, it left me wondering why museums like El Prado in Madrid weren’t included. How many of the museums on the list have you been to?

(Images from top to bottom:  Vitra Design Museum via Complex, source Raymond Loewy Foundation, Versailles  and Museo Nacional De Antropologia photos by me.

Date Spots in Los Angeles

15 Jan

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Although there are a lot of  single people in Los Angeles, it is often difficult to meet one to date. Add to that the fact that the city is so widespread, and that a different area code from your own makes a relationship an automatic long-distance one, well,  matters are made worse! Yet, when a romantic connection is  made, and all the stars finally align, the next thing is to decide where to go to on a date! According to How About We… a website where members post ideas on where  to go to on  dates, the major hot spots  in Los Angeles are the Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory (number one and two, respectively) as well as  LACMA, The Getty and Chateau Marmont. I’ll admit, Nick and I have been to all of those places on dates too!  If you live in L.A., have you taken that special someone to any of these places ? And if you live elsewhere, what are the  popular date spots to go to where you live?

(Photos by me, from top to bottom: Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, The Getty and LACMA.)

Museum of Broken Relationships

7 Jan

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I’ve mentioned before that I am drawn to heartbreak…in art. So, when I heard this story I was immediately drawn to wanting to learn more about the Museum of Broken Relationships  in Zagreb, Croatia. People contribute to its collection by donating mementos and anything else they want to from their broken relationships. The premise behind the entire concept of the museum is that in life, society recognizes marriages, graduations and other significant moments through rituals or ceremonies, but none are devoted to the end of love relationships. In allowing people to donate personal belongings, the museum feels it gives the broken-hearted and scorned the opportunity to  go through the ritual of letting go. I’d love to visit it. What do you think? Would you ever consider donating something?

(Image via The Museum of Broken Relationships)

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