Modern Art Museums in LA

Jesus Rafael Soto’s “Penetrable” @ LACMA

Jesus Rafael Soto’s “Penetrable” @ LACMA

Besides traveling and exploring new places, I’ve always had a big inclination for art and design. This is not a coincidence at all – My mom, Morella Fuenmayor, was a recognized and award-winning illustrator from Caracas, Venezuela. Once in a while, I come across younger generations of designers that grew up with her books and thanks to that, decided to pursue a career in design/illustration. This is something that warms my heart. Moreover, she also inspired me to pursue a career in Graphic and Web Design in the United States.

Now that you know a bit about my background, it might be easier to understand why I find museums so interesting, as well as the reasons why I love LA! Besides the palm trees, great beaches, hiking trails, and cool restaurants/nightclubs, Los Angeles has also many options for museums and cool exhibitions. However, I am going to take this time to talk about contemporary or modern art museums and more specifically only two of them: The Broad and LACMA.

Infinity Mirrored Room by Kusama

Infinity Mirrored Room by Kusama

1. The Broad

The Broad was the first museum I visited when I moved to Los Angeles. I really wanted to check out Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room but I made the big mistake to go on a Sunday without any reservations. The museum opens at 10 am, and even though we got there around 10:15, we still had to wait for three hours before we could get into the museum. Once inside, the other ‘waiting line’ to enter Kasuma’s exhibition was already booked for the whole day. Basically, the exhibition works in a first-come, first-served basis.

Here is the thing: The Broad’s website allows you to reserve tickets before your visit. Even if you do get the tickets they don’t guarantee entrance to the Infinity Mirrored Room exhibition. However, my recommendation is to still get the tickets beforehand! They are free and it allows you to be inside of the museum earlier and have higher changes of reserving your spot.

Don’t get too disappointed if you don’t get to see this particular exhibition. The first time I went there, I did not see it and the museum was still extremely worth it. You can still enjoy (recommended) Jeef Koons’ stainless steels collection of balloon-shaped objects, Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, and more.

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA is very convenient for me because it is fairly close to my house. As contrary as The Broad, the LACMA is not free. I believe the ticket is about $15 per adult, but it is also way bigger than The Broad. Another good thing, is that you do not need to have a ticket to access some of the outdoors-exhibits such as the ‘Urban Light’ by Chris Burden and late Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto’s ‘Penetrable’. Even though Soto’s 1990 installation was taken down February 12th, 2017.

Also, if you decide to visit LACMA be prepared and bring some comfortable shoes. The museum is huge and it can take hours to explore all of it…. or at least walk until your feet convince yourself you’ve seen it all.

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