LACMA Reflects L.A. – Good and Bad

After I posted yesterday’s picture I looked at the rest of the photos I took that day. Looking at the first photo I realized the obvious – that there were several styles of architecture at LACMA. Even the railings in the first photo are of three styles. First is the concrete railing of the original Ahmanson building. Then there is the short section of concrete block(?) followed by a modern steel railing. Additionally there is four different outer skins of the two buildings. How L.A. is that?

The Pavilion for Japanese Art is classic L.A. architecture. It refuses to blend with the rest of the family but stands alone and proud. How L.A. is that?

Finally the pavilion that’s suppose to unite the various pieces of LACMA. Now with the addition of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum this pavilion will be regulated to has been. Uniting the original museum campus with the new buildings will be the BP Grand Entrance (Not shown.) Does this mean there will be two competing entrances? I think like most grand ideas from large egos the public will decide in the end. Now how L.A. is that?

In short LACMA is L.A. – constantly evolving, changing, and adapting to new needs and ideas. So L.A.

Note: I plan to get up to LACMA sometime this month and will post photos of the new entrance.


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PhotoessayistThis photo was taken in the Hammer building just before the exit of The 60s and 70s Art of Southern California. Just after taking the photo a guard came up to me to inform me I couldn’t take photos of the art. The problem at LACMA is that some galleries photos are allowed and in others they aren’t. That’s OK but nothing is posted so how do you know?

I only had the Nikon D40X for 3 weeks then and everything was set on auto except exposure. I have always preferred aperture priority.

I have the advantage of being able to visit the museums of southern California during the week when visitors are few. I especially like to visit the LACMA. Unlike the Getty it has a restaurant that is open when the museum is open. The Getty restaurant has weird hours. I guess they reflect the Getty’s themselves. Plus when you visit the LACMA you can go to the Farmer’s Market. Still a great place.

Original contents copyright 2008 by John S. Krill and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved.