Some days I want to sleep in to catch up on zzz’s. Other times, I wake up early in the morning and run off to L.A. such as last weekend. I recently saw an Instagram post about an artwork that peaked my interest and like a curious cat, I did some digging and found that L.A. last month had a few interesting things to see. I got motivated and had been on a museum/exhibit binge in the last few weekends. Here’s what I saw (this is a long one)…
• The Broad Museum •
This is a contemporary art museum in downtown L.A. that holds about 2,000 pieces of a contemporary collection with featured artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Jeff Koons and much more. I repeat! Andy Warhol!!!!!!
If the line of artists didn’t get your attention, maybe the fact that the museum is FREE might help. But wait! I highly suggest reserving your tickets in advance. When I came last weekend, I arrived 30 min. before the doors opened and I still had to wait in line for an hour. Some days are shorter and other times, well, it’s longer.
Note: There’s a live update you can check on their twitter account about the wait for the general line or on their homepage if you decide to come later in the day time. http://www.thebroad.org/
A couple of my favorites….
• The Architecture •
Since I waited in line for an hour, I was able to oogle at the architecture of the museum. The concept of it is called “The Veil and the Vault”, the “veil” is porous that wraps the building made of fiberglass while the “vault” is the concrete body that holds the core of the building. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Broa
• The Infinity Room •
Designed by Yayoi Kusama, this room consists of LED light display all around with mirrors reflecting the lights that create an infinite feel. Each individual or a group of two have 45 seconds to see the room. There’s a separate line to sign up for the room as soon as you enter the museum.
On the machine, you enter your email address which will activate your time slot and counts down the time of your placement. While you wait for your turn, you’re free to roam around the gallery or get food. Make sure you hold on to your ticket in case you decide to go outside and come back in. Also, don’t forget to keep tabs of your time. Sometimes, they do go over capacity and will not allow any more people to sign up until someone cancels. It is definitely worth seeing.
- Parking is $12 behind the museum (weekends) & (weekdays you can get validated).
- The total time I spent at The Broad Museum on a Saturday was 3 hours.
• The Art Collections •
I’m a sucker for museums like The Broad. The art collections they had were full of colors, interesting contrasts, relatable and simply fun and inspiring. There was always something engaging in each room.
• The Location •
While waiting for my time slot to see the Infinity Room, I walked across the street to roam around The Walt Disney Concert Hall. I’ve seen its exterior surroundings in the past but, I never had the chance to explore upstairs and see the street view from above the building. Getting to this location is somewhat hidden but, if you ask one of the employees inside they’ll direct you to the right location and you’ll see this nice view 🙂
One of the best parts of this shot was the fact that no one was around. I had the chance to get lost in my thoughts within the walls. Is it me or the older you get the more you want to be away from the crowd and just be alone?
• The 14th Factory •
An independent non-profit art exhibit produced by Simon Birch located on the outskirts of L.A., in an empty industrial warehouse transformed into a factory that house different types of works from architectures, photography, videos, paintings, installations and much more.
While The Broad Museum was focused on studying art pieces of famous artists and/or understanding their creative interpretations. On the latter, The 14th Factory was about an interactive art show created by interdisciplinary artists all over the world.
You’ll find “Alice in Wonderland” inspired set-up with swings you can sit on, see videos of fight/art installations that I thought was very moving. They have colorful pitchforks, although crowded, it was still creatively well thought-out. Overall, I thought the whole journey of the exhibit was quite interesting and eccentric (in a good way).
Like The Broad Museum, this place also get’s packed the later the day goes. I suggest coming in as early as possible to find street parking, otherwise, you’ll have to pay to park on the lot. Entrance fees are $18 online and $20 at the door.
• The Ice Cream Museum •
Full disclosure, I have not been to this museum to date. However, I have my tickets to come next month and I cannot wait! The second I found out about this museum I knew I had to go. In my world, there’s always time for ice cream. If my Instagram ice cream posts weren’t enough, there’s a good chance it’s on my blog because ASA is a true #icecreamlover 😉
Here’s the deal, to enter the museum you must pre-buy your tickets online. Due to its popularity, the tickets have been sold out twice. I believe they’ve extended the themed installations until August because of its high demand. I suggest purchasing your tickets the minute it goes on sale on May 12 at 9 am. Seriously, sitting in front of the computer and opening your browser (or multiple browsers) when the clock hits 9 am because you’ll be waiting in the queue until you see the checkout page to buy your tickets online. Also, make sure you have a date in mind, the time and a credit card. Good luck & see you at the ice cream museum! Yes, they’ll have real ice cream tastings too 🙂