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Connecting Thread Vacation – Los Angeles

11 Jul
Levitated Mass

Me and Levitated Mass

So I’m on the train to San Diego as I write this. The first segment of my vacation is completed; however, not everything I wanted to do got done. On the plus side, I did a couple of things I wasn’t planning on doing so all got balanced out.

I did make it to LACMA to see Levitated Mass, and since it’s a permanent, permanent display outside, it’s totally free to check out, which I did (what? I’m on a budget). Overall, it was interesting. I don’t know if one of the intentions of the piece has to do with the juxtaposition of a very large rock in close proximity to tall buildings, but in that sense, it worked for me, as you have so many possible photographic angles. Some of the (poor) photos I took show off the possibilities.

I was also able to get to the Annenberg Space for Photography to see the exhibit “Who Shot Rock & Roll”. If you’re in LA very soon, are my age (I’m not disclosing my age, but I remember rotary phones), and appreciate music and photography, I highly recommend visiting. Plus it’s free. The images presented are amazing, no matter what genre music you like. What I recommend doing is walking though the space and viewing the images first. Then watch the multimedia presentation, which is about 45 minutes. It makes sense to do it this way as a large number of the photographs in the show are discussed in the presentation, so in essence, you did your homework ahead of the exam.

Next was Gallery 1988. All I can really say is…I haven’t wanted to purchase art work from relatively unknown artists as badly as I did here. The show I saw, and unfortunately, like the Annenberg, I wasn’t allowed to photograph anything, was called “There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand”, an homage to the MUCH beloved (by myself in particular) show Arrested Development. The minute, and I mean minute, I walked in, I was overcome with laughter and glee and genuine “Oh My God Cover My Mouth And Gasp” joy it was insane. I really don’t know where to begin. All I can say is, go to their website and check it out.

Finally, I went to the largest Vietnamese mall in America. Well, I saw it at night. At the one of largest night markets in Southern California. If you live in the LA area, go to Westminster on Saturday night during the summer. If for nothing else, go for the food. Outrageously good, if you know what to look for.

Now that the countdown for Comic-Con has begun, I have to get rested.  4 days with 125,000 people is exhausting.  But immensely fun!  And quite frankly, a little insane.

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