The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. The place is not meant for overachievers who think that they need to explore every single item within a museum. That would probably take two full days. You will have to make some tough decisions and figure out which exhibits you want to see and which you can afford to miss. That means that you can cater your visit to your unique art tastes. (And the “uniqueness” of an individuals taste in art can’t be overstated).
The majority of the art is contained with the Art of the Americas Building, the Hammer Building, the Ahmanson Building, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and the Resnick Pavilian. You have the opportunity to explore a range of artwork within the Museum grounds, including American Art, Latin American Art (and Art of the Ancient Americas), Korean Art, Art of the Ancient World, Art of the Pacific, Modern Art, German Expressionism, European Art, more Art of the Ancient World, European Art, Islamic Art, South and Southeast Asian Art, and Contemporary Art. The diversity of art is comparable to the diversity of shrimp recipes provided by Bubba in the movie Forrest Gump.
A landmark exhibit of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the Urban Light piece located outside the museum buildings. (That means that you can see it for free!) The exhibit features 202 cast iron gray street lamps. The exhibit was set in motion when its creator Chris Burden bought a street lamp at the Rose Bowl flea market. All of the street lamps in the exhibit came right off of Los Angeles streets. The piece has nearly garnered “landmark” status within the city, and was recently featured within the movie “No Strings Attached”. Check out the trailer at the 2:19 minute mark.
Admission is free on the second tuesday of every month. Admission is free for L.A. county residents after 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Museum is currently featuring a special exhibit on Tim Burton (through October 31st 2011). The La Brea Tar Pits, Page Museum, and the Peterson Automotive museum are all within walking distance to LACMA.
Cost: $15 admission (discounted for seniors, students, and children). $10 parking (at the Pritzker Parking Garage, on Sixth Street, east of Fairfax Ave.)