Haven't Been to the LACMA Recently? Go to See Some Warhol, Lichtenstein and Koons Art at the BCAM.

As I get older, I've started to notice that I've gained a great appreciation for things like art, wine, and classical music. Frankly, MTV seems to always disappoint me (what kind of Britney showing was that last night?!), I'd rather watch the newest show on Bravo (thanks sis for the heads up on Rachel Zoe's new show) or check out a festival or art exhibit.

With so many choices these days in EVERYTHING I find it comforting when I get to narrow down my interests to specific categories. That being said, I love modern and contemporary art. There's something fresh and exciting going on in art these days that is speaking to a younger generation. Whether that be through graffiti (Banksy), wild exhibits that play with elements like fire (Cai Guo-Qiang) or digital art or pop art (Murakami) what I enjoy most about this whole movement is that it's making art accessible and understandable to the masses. When Christie's auctioned pop culture memorabilia this past June, it sent a loud and clear message out to the world that the art world is shifting, giving a dose of respect to a once underground movement.

Warhol said, “When I die, the people will understand what I am doing now.” I believe that resonates with a lot of these recent artists.

Sam and I checked out the newest addition to the LA museum scene, Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) yesterday after the Greek Festival. Opened in mid-February this year, the BCAM is a 3-story, 72,000 square foot art space that is the first phase in LACMA's renovation and expansion project. The $56-million Renzo Piano-designed BCAM, the county art museum’s first home for contemporary art, mainly contains pieces from the massive holdings of LACMA trustee and donor Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, who funded BCAM’s construction. The LACMA itself is a disjointed mess of seven buildings with over 100,000 art objects.

Outside they have this cool street lamp area:

Overall?: Go to see some Warhols, Lichtenstein, and Jeff Koons' works. Walk into Robert Therrien's room and you'll feel like you're in a part of the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Their huge elevator is pretty awesome, too.

Tips:
+ Watch out for the security guards who watch you like hawks bc you aren't allowed to take pictures inside. Don't let them ruin your visit, though. (They almost ruined ours by their nasty attitudes.)
+ Parking is $7, you prepay at the Welcome Center (where you buy your tickets) but free if you go the last hour they're open 7p.
+ Admission is "pay what you wish" after 5p and the second Tuesday of every month is free, too!
+ Go on a Target free holiday: Ones that are left - Monday, October 13 (Columbus Day) and Tuesday, November 11 (Veterans Day)

Who Should Go?
+ People who want to check out some modern and contemporary art in LA
+ People who have kids or want to look suave on a date
+ People who can hold in their anger and not punch out the rude security guards

Hours
LACMA is open every day except Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Monday 12 noon–8 pm
Tuesday 12 noon–8 pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 12 noon–8 pm
Friday 12 noon–9 pm
Saturday 11 am–8 pm
Sunday 11 am–8 pm

LACMA (website)
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.857.6000
Map

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Comment by Annie on September 9, 2008 at 10:07am
cool!! so fun...i totally want to go to this.

...and Vanity Fair...I have to go to that!
Comment by PANDA JU on September 8, 2008 at 5:06pm
Thanks A! Looks amazing. And thanks for tip #1 (my #1 concern LOL)
I wanna go in Nov. when the Vanity Fair photo exhibit comes yay.
Comment by Eugene on September 8, 2008 at 1:41pm
Nice pics! I wanna check it out!
Comment by jenni on September 8, 2008 at 1:38pm
this is a fabulous show!

the barbara kruger elevator takes forever... but its cool. love the jeff koons pieces! those inflatables are actually metal. cindy sherman, warhol, basquiat... a definite must see.
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