The Broad - 01 FEB 2019

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum (downtown Los Angeles next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall) that opened in September of 2015. The admission is free but it requires a time stamped ticket (reservations available online). The building itself is a piece of art work.
 From The Dallas Morning News
From The Dallas Morning News
The piece below is an optical allusion, it is a flat painting, the wood in the center and its shadow are painted (notice the direction of the real shadow below the painting frame).
This work by Elliott Hundley, changes as you get closer to it.
From a distance, it looks like a painting, but as you get closer...
...you see it is actually a 3D collage.
Some pieces are hard to look at, such as Kara Walker's work which examines the horror of slavery.

Ellen Gallagher put objects over old magazines to make a statement on the use of stereotypes of race and gender.

Polychromed wood:
 Jeff Koons - Buster Keaton, 1988
Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating:
 Jeff Koons - Ballon Dog (Blue), 1994-2000
Porcelin:
 Jeff Koons - Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988
Cast in stainless steel, each of the seven train cars holds a fifth of Jim Beam:
Jeff Koons - J.B. Turner Train, 1986
There were several Andy Warhol pieces and this comic-derived pop art by Roy Lichtenstein:
You were allowed to walk under Rober Therrien's giant table and chairs (the chair seat is nearly 6 feet off the ground).
Yayoi Kusama had two installations called Infinity Mirror Rooms, filled with mirrors and dazzling LED lights that change colors. The actual room version required a ticket (which is sold out 2 months in advance), but Cheryl, Rob and I were able to stand in line for 10 minutes to stick our heads in this cylinder chamber that has three portholes. An attendant with a stop watch, allows you to view the display for 30 seconds.

There were exhibits on the 1st floor and the 3rd floor with administrative offices on the 2nd floor. We got off the elevator on the second floor (just to see what we could see) and found a wall filled with photos about this kinetic artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez, who creates crosswalk art all over the world. Outside The Broad is a colorful crosswalk which is one of his installations.
I always love the Los Angeles skyline reflections and this rainy day was no exception.


King Tut Exhibit - 08 JAN 2019

I was reluctant to see the California Science Center King Tut Exhibit since I had seen the first exhibit of Tut artifacts in 1978. My memories of that exhibit were of the large crowds:
From the Los Angeles Public Library
According to the LA Library, the attendance records for the 'Treasures of Tutankhamun' exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1978) holds the museum record for attendance of a single exhibit, a record which still has not been broken. I remember being packed and shuffled in like sardines-in-a-can, moving slowing pass several impressive golden objects:
Death Mask - Los Angeles Public Library
I was very grateful, platform heals were the style of the day as mine made me 4 inches taller and kept my feet from being stepped on.
The new exhibit was much larger, over 150 artifacts vs the 55 artifacts of 1978; and included 60 new treasures never seen before (outside of Cairo).
I had not taken into consideration the changes in technology during the last 40 years, which made this new exhibit even more impressive and informative.
It included 3-D images, 360-degree theatrical manifestations, custom audio soundscapes, digital content, MRI scan results, several videos and a tribute to Howard Carter, the British archaeologist who unearthed the original tomb.
I didn't bring a camera, wrongly assuming photos would not be permitted, but non-flash and non-video images were allowed and I was lucky to have my cell phone with me.
Vase with Domed Lid - Dark Blue Faience
Dark Blue Faience Headrest
Lapis Scarab
The exhibit which ran from March 24, 2018 to January 13, 2019, will complete a tour of 10 international cities before returning to Cairo in 2024.
Blue Faience
This PBS video will give you the history of this Pharaoh who had once been written out of history: King Tut - PBS Special

Tall Ship Dar Mlodziezy - 26 DEC 2018

Took the dogs for a walk yesterday and saw this ship:
Went back today for a tour.
This training ship of the Gdynia Maritime University is only here for a short time and is open for self tours today and tomorrow.
Dar Mlodziezy (means The Gift of Youth) is a class 'A' rig ship from Gdynia, Poland. She has been sailing around the world since May, in celebration of 100 years of national independence.
 The crew includes students from Poland.
She carries a permanent crew of 32 plus 136 trainees. 
At nearly 165 feet high and 311 feet wide, she weighs in at 2,255 gross tons.

She was built in 1982 to replace the frigate Dar Pormoza which had trained officers of merchant and fishing fleets for over fifty years.
She has participated in: The Tall Ships Races 2016, The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 and The Tall Ships Races 2017. Other events are listed on a cabin wall:
This trip it came from Japan, stopping in San Francisco first, it sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on the 21st.

From here she will be heading to Acapulco, Panama (for a World Youth Day) crossing through the canal and heading to our East Coast before heading to London and then back to Poland (in March).
They had a table set up with souvenirs to purchase.

I drove around the shore to Cabrillo Beach to get this shot:
This shot is from their website: