There’s something to love about museums – whether we get them or not – about the way they surround you with beauty and talent, provoke your way of thinking, and ok let’s be real, how most of the time, you just get pissed off trying to understand how three stripes of paint on a canvas is supposed to be art with a deep meaning.
But that’s the thing.
You have to have the right attitude before going into museums. If you go in whining about how three stripes of paint on a canvas is not art, then you might as well not even go in; that’s probably all you’ll find. Think of it as improving your Room Score like you would on The Sims. Skip over the art that you could have made yourself and find the corners of the museum that interest you. For me, that means heading straight to the pop art, but not so far as contemporary art, which can get a bit too in the clouds for me.
Los Angeles is not a city that screams art culture and museums, but the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) does tend to make it on all of the top ten lists of Los Angeles – and therefore, a place we needed to check out. After boogie boarding in Santa Monica, and thrifting at Melrose, it was time for another change of pace. That, and we really just wanted to take advantage of the free admission to the LACMA after 3pm on weekdays with our freshly-arrived California driver’s licenses.
One thing that’s important to know is that the LACMA is not one building with one museum, but rather a campus of different buildings with different art installations in each. We only had 45 minutes to check it out, so we headed straight to the Urban Light, the pop art from Mr. Roy Lichtenstein, a yellow rope interactive piece, and the vintage California posters.
The second Tuesday of every month is free as well as every weekday after 3pm for L.A. County residents, according to the LACMA website.