February 2, 2015

Free Museum Day in LA

This past Saturday was Free Museum Day in LA, which meant that I was ready to go explore. I took my friend for a day of adventuring and headed out towards the Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown.

I know I don't typically do any sort of style posts on this blog, but I thought I'd share for two reasons: I really love having a nice armstack (bracelets and rings forever), and a fresh manicure. To be fair, having a new manicure is such a great feeling. It makes me feel a little bit put together.

Does that make sense? Am I just rambling? Yes, probably.

We got to the MOCA and were in for a little surprise. The line was long. There were streams of people just waiting to go into the museum, without much movement going on. Mariana and I got so hungry that she ran over to a Mexican spot across the street and picked us up some lunch.

It deceivingly looked like Chipotle, but was so far off...the flavor wasn't there, which was slightly disappointing. But when you're hungry, any food will do!

After about an hour of waiting, we finally got in to see the Andy Warhol exhibit -- Shadows.

We walked along walls and walls lined with these repeated images in different colors, different shades.

I could try to explain it to you, but I don't think I could say it as simply or as efficiently as they do on the website, so go have a read!

The black and whites remind me a bit of Batman, but I think that might just be me.

Beyond the Shadows are a few other pieces of contemporary art. Some of them were very pretty, others were a little too abstract for me to wrap my head around. Modern art is not exactly my forte, but I tried my best to be into it.

I just think it's a little silly when someone puts up a blank canvas with a border and says that the border represents something profound..but again, that might just be me.

Mean muggin' all day.

This piece was one of my favorites! Painted by Christopher Wool in the nineties, it's a part of his Black Book. Unfortunately, they only had this one on display -- I can imagine how it would look to see them all spread across a room in the museum.

We left a little early to try and make it to another museum, but given that it was Free Museum Day, the lines were crazy long everywhere and the chances of us getting in before closing time were slim. So we headed back to where we parked and peeped a beautiful view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is one of my favorite buildings in LA.

A few years ago they toured the Disney World of Color and projected scenes from Disney films onto the surface of the concert hall while playing music. I took a photo, which you can find here.

While the rest of the country is covered in snow and freezing cold, we were treated to a beautiful Southern California day. Blue skies, warm sun, and right smack dab in the 70s. 

This is the life!

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  1. I have the same feels for modern art. I just don't get it. Like oh "folded paper" (a real exhibit in NY)...mmh I fold paper in half all the time. Impressionist/post-Impressionist art is more my jam, all the colors, and thee LOVE of my life since middle school: Van Gogh.

  2. RIGHT?! I don't understand it. Some of it can be, at the very least, aesthetically pleasing, but for the most part...I'm not impressed. Though I guess that means I'm not artsy enough. Also, Van Gogh is the favorite of faves. Always!

  3. So, during my amazing weekend at Sundance, I met one of my sister's best friends who lives in LA. Expect me there sometime this summer =) You can take me to museums!

  4. How I didn't know about that? Though I had a busy weekend, I could find time to go to a museum with my husband, thinking about this for such a long time.. Let me know next time please!:)

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog

  5. I love your pictures and I wish it was that warm in the UK! I nominated you for the Liebster award, you can see your nomination here https://procaffinating.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/liebster-award/#more-243 :)

  6. Will do!! :) Next time I hear about something like this I'll holler!

  7. Your manicure is on point. Such a rad color. I visited the MOCA a couple months back & loved the Warhol exhibit. Isn't the stacked glass so.....interesting? Who knew crushed glass was art? I think I'm missing something though.

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  8. Oh wow! It looks like so much fun, your nails are beautiful too!

    Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.com

  9. Thank you!!! And surprisingly, I did (at least visually and by size) liked the stacked glass -- though I wasn't so impressed with the condensation in an acrylic box. Contemporary art is just not my thing, haha!

  10. Blue skies, warm sun and in the 70s? That really is the perfect day! This museum looks really nice! I haven't been to a museum in a long time. We don't really have any interesting/fun ones here in my town. I need to go to Orlando and check the museums out there. Also, I love your nail polish!


  11. Thank you lady! And yay for museums :) Are there a lot of good ones around Orlando?


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