Museum Visit

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CSULB Students sitting on a bench and laughing at The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA
The Getty Villa

Activity: Visit an Art Museum!

You can go to any Art Museum in any city. I love Culture, History, Science, and other museums too, but for this Art110 Activity, be sure to go to an Art Museum.

If you happen to be in Stockholm, Detroit, Mountain View, San Diego, or any other city – awesome! You can go to a museum not in the LA area, and we can all share in your experience. If you are in the LA vicinity I’ll list some of our local museums below.

Optional Meetup

Okay… maybe we can have 1 last optional meetup for those of you in the LA-LB vicinity this summer. The hot new LA Art Museum is The Broad on Grand Ave in Downtown LA. First the good news: admission is free! The other news is that since The Broad is the hot new museum, reservations are all booked way in advance. But they do have a standby line! On the weekends it can get pretty long, but when I went during the week, it was only a few minutes to get in. Oh, BTW, they currently have a paid admission special show downstairs, you can skip that part. Upstairs is 80% of the exhibition space, and it’s always free.

If you’d like to go to The Broad, you can go any time they’re open. If you’d like to meetup with me and a few classmates, let’s go at 11am on Wed. We could also optionally have lunch at Grand Central Market which is just down the hill from The Broad & MOCA, around 1pm.

@ the Museum

  • snap a few pix of yourself at the museum
  • Pick 2 works of art at the museum and Compare & Contrast them.

If possible, take pix of your 2 works. Or if possible buy postcards of them in the gift shop. Museums usually will let you take pix of anything they own, but not of traveling works they don’t own.

  • Norton Simon – take pix of anything!
  • Both Getty’s – take pix of almost everything, except for the occasional traveling exhibition
  • LACMA – take pix of the majority of what’s on exhibition.

Compare & Contrast

  • Formal: Start by talking about how the line, shape, color, texture, scale, rhythm, etc of the 2 pieces compare
  • Conceptual: how are the ideas these 2 works evoke in you similar and different?
2 visitors standing on a LACMA balcony and looking over the LACMA campus and off to the hills in the distance
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
View down Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown LA, Grand Avenue Arts District: MOCA on the right, The Broad Museum on the left. Behind MOCA is the Colburn School of Music, and behind The Broad is architect Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall.

Art Museums in the Los Angeles area

Admission prices vary. Some have student discounts. Some are free to students. Some are very not-so-free. Some have free or low cost parking. Some have not-so-low-cost parking. Please check their website carefully for all that. Also be sure of their days and hours. It would really suck to drive out there when they’re closed!

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Hammer Museum, UCLA / Westwood
The Broad, Grand Ave.,
MOCA / Grand Ave. (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art / Grand Avenue)
MOCA / Geffen (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art / Little Tokyo)
MOCA / PDC (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art / Pacific Design Center)

The Broad & MOCA Grand Av are right across the street from each other. And if you’d like to eat, just a short walk down the hill is Grand Central Market. And BTW, if you eat at Grand Central Market, you really should go across the street and take a look at The Bradbury Building.
Grand Central Market
The Bradbury Building

Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT)
Beall Center for Art+Technology, UCI
Watts Towers (must take tour & have photo of yourself inside)

OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art)
Long Beach Museum of Art
MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art / Long Beach

Getty Center, Westwood
Getty Villa, Malibu
Huntington Library, San Marino

Art Museums outside the Los Angeles area

Pick any Art Museum you like. If you want help finding one, or want helping pick which one, just let me know!

dozens of "MOCA" stickers on a street pole
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles

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