Introduction to the Visual Arts

Museum Visit

CSULB Students sitting on a bench and laughing at The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA
The Getty Villa

EC Activity: Visit an Art Museum!

I love Culture, History, Science, and other museums too, but for this Art110 Activity, be sure to go to an Art Museum. For this EC, you can visit up to 2 museums on this list. Up to 45,000 points of EC for each museum done well. (up to 90,000 total points of EC possible)

@ the Museum

  • snap a few pix of yourself at the museum
  • Pick 2 works of art at the museum and Compare & Contrast them.

If possible, take pix of your 2 works. Or if possible buy postcards of them in the gift shop. Museums usually will let you take pix of anything they own, but not of traveling works they don’t own.

As usual, submit your Museum Visit as a new post on your blog.

Compare & Contrast

  • Formal: Start by talking about how the line, shape, color, texture, scale, rhythm, etc of the 2 pieces compare
  • Conceptual: how are the ideas these 2 works evoke in you similar and different?
View down Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown LA, Grand Avenue Arts District: MOCA on the right, The Broad Museum on the left. Behind MOCA is the Colburn School of Music, and behind The Broad is architect Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall.

Los Angeles area Art Museums

Admission prices vary. Some have student discounts. Some are free to students. Some are very not-so-free. Some have free or low-cost parking. Some have not-so-low-cost parking. Please check their website carefully for all that. Also be sure of their days and hours. It would really suck to drive out there when they’re closed!

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Hammer Museum, UCLA / Westwood
The Broad Museum, Downtown LA
MOCA / Grand Ave. (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art / Grand Avenue)
MOCA / Geffen (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art / Little Tokyo)
MOCA / PDC (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art / Pacific Design Center)

The Broad & MOCA Grand Av are right across the street from each other. And if you’d like to eat, just a short walk down the hill is Grand Central Market. And BTW, if you eat at Grand Central Market, you really should go across the street and take a look at The Bradbury Building.

Grand Central Market
The Bradbury Building

Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT)
Beall Center for Art+Technology, UCI
Watts Towers (must take tour & have photo of yourself inside)

OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art)
Long Beach Museum of Art
MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art / Long Beach)

Getty Center, Westwood
Getty Villa, Malibu
Huntington Library, San Marino

dozens of "MOCA" stickers on a street pole
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles

Comments? Questions? What great art did you see, make, or experience today?

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