Sunday, June 5, 2016

Event 3: LACMA

Today I visited LACMA for the first time in my life. The facilities are beautiful and unlike anything I had ever seen before. There are a number of buildings and exhibits located across the campus but I focused mainly on the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Art of the Americas building. The two main exhibits I looked at were the Agnes Martin exhibit and Morris Graves: The Nature of Things. In each of the exhibits, I noticed that the artwork mainly was made with the help of mathematics.

Proof that I was there

One of favorite pieces in the Art of the Americas building was Allegro by Rolph Scarlett. The wide range of geometric shapes and bright colors used on the canvas really express positive vibes. Scarlett used this image to portray the joy of music and how great it can sound when rhythmically put together.

Allegro by Rolph Scarlett

In the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, there were three paintings in a row that used geometry to depict each artists' feelings. The paintings were from private collections so the artists were not named, however the paintings were. From left to right, the paintings were named: Heather, The Heavenly Race (Running), and Desert Rain. Personally, I liked The Heavenly Race (Running) the best because it looked as though it were unfinished but still told a story through the shapes that were used. The shapes reminded me of fish gills or a roofing from a house.

Desert Rain

The Heavenly Race (Running)

Overall, I would recommend that my classmates visit LACMA because each exhibit has a lot to offer and I learned a lot from each piece of artwork. The combination of art and mathematics is very intriguing and can be seen all over the LACMA campus.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Event 2: Getty Museum

For my second event, I went to the Getty Museum for the first time since beginning classes at UCLA three years ago. I was amazed by the architecture and artwork because it was unique and unlike anything I had ever seen before. The view of LA was just a bonus compared to all of the beauty around the property. I visited a number of exhibits but the two that stuck out most to me were the photography and impressionist painting exhibits. In the painting exhibit, I was able to look at a wide range of paintings from the 1800s' and the photography exhibit mainly contain black and white pictures from Robert Mapplethorpe.

Proof that I was there

There were a few paintings that particularly caught my interest. One of those paintings was Edvard Munch's Starry Night. The painting depicts a lake where Munch was known to spend time at during his summer nights. I liked the use of his faint colors and simplicity in the painting. His soft lines on the textured canvas helped me understand who he was as a painter. In addition to Munch's work, I also enjoyed Sunrise by Claude Monet. Monet painted the setting of the French harbor, Le Havre in a foggy, early morning. I like that he mostly used shades of blue but was still able to create a vivid image of what the harbor looked like.

Starry Night

The last exhibit that stuck out to me was Robert Mapplethorpe's photography exhibit. His black and white photos created a different image than they would have with color. My favorite photograph was Waves because it created a calm mood and I liked that it was in black and white because most photos of the ocean are shown in vivid colors. Overall I would definitely recommend that others go visit the Getty because it is very close to school and has a lot to offer.