Sometimes you need to look up -- at a billboard -- to be inspired. Or, even a bus shelter. I did. And I was inspired. However, I must admit, it was the historic American artwork on the billboards and bus shelter that stirred my enthusiasm.
Suddenly Angelenos are being asked to buy the Brooklyn Bridge. The monumental bill of goods now up for sale is the take-it-or-leave-it design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, priced somewhere between $650M and $1 billion.
If you've ever wondered why LACMA's east campus looks like a Lincoln Center-wannabe emerging from an '80s porn star's pink-tiled shower stall, this exhibition will tell you exactly why. But the showstopper, which entranced me for a solid three hours yesterday, is Zumthor's proposed redesign.
As with most things in our current age, it began with a tweet: "If you're in LA and on your lunch break near LACMA I definitely won't be there doing some songs around 2pm..." hinted the cheeky songstress.
In terms of setting, there are not many restaurants that can compete with Ray's and Stark Bar. Residing in the center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ray's and Stark Bar is fine dining amidst fine art, but with a casual vibe.
Breaking a promise -- or changing one's mind, whatever you want to call it -- to donate money or objects to a museum (or any other nonprofit institution) is rare, but it does happen, sometimes in spectacular fashion.
Most of my ideas of what contemporary art looks like are based on seeing photos in magazines and jpeg images on the net. Unless you live in a major city, and are devoted to visiting museums and galleries, you likely have the same problem.
Would you agree that there is some charming and yummy connection between good art and good food? Many world-class museums are not only trying to impress visitors with great art but also eager to impress their taste buds.