Monday, September 1, 2014

Blast From The Past: California Design x Jeff Koons

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After experiencing amazing art from Tim Burton and Ai Weiwei (see previous blog post), we checked out even more great stuff at LACMA (LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART). We went into another cool exhibit called CALIFORNIA DESIGN, featuring modern art and design spanning between the 30s and 60s.

Missy loves AIRSTREAM trailers and this shiny one was no exception:

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This vintage cardboard BARBIE DREAM HOUSE is cooler than any Barbie playset ever made since:

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After we looked at the California Design exhibit, we took a tour of some of LACMA’s permanent collection. One room had these enormous RICHARD SERRA sculptures. They were so big you couldn’t even really photograph them, just photograph being IN them:

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Another room had all these amazing JEFF KOONS sculptures, many of which we had only previously seen in text books and magazines:

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In another part of the museum was an exhibition featuring a retrospective of work by the latino art collective known as ASCO:

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Before leaving LACMA, we played around in the FOREST OF STREET LAMPS installed just outside the museum:

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We capped the night off heading over to Japantown, looking for a place to have dinner, but not before getting a bunch of treats to take back home with us.

We saw this restaurant called MADE IN MOM…i think something got lost in translation:

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Couldn’t help but stop in and get MACARONS from this hip little place inside the mall:

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I bought this funny EATING UTENSILS KIT from the japanese “dollar store” in the mall there…how could I not? Look at how sad those kids look!

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Lastly, we couldn’t resist getting cream puffs from BEARD PAPA’S…especially with the HELLO KITTY crossover promo they had going on:

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blast From The Past: Tim Burton x Ai Weiwei

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On the cusp of leaving for London for vacation, I was looking through my Flickr account at photos from vacations past and I came across some photos from 2011 that never actually made it to the blog yet. The photos are from our trip back to Southern California to visit my family, but also to catch the big TIM BURTON retrospective at LACMA, the LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART…we kicked off that day getting breakfast at the LA outpost of NYC’s all-vegan BABYCAKES bakery and then walking back to my sister’s downtown apartment to enjoy our tasty haul…

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We played with my sister Cynthia’s cat, TOBY:

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By the time we got down to the MIRACLE MILE and LACMA around noon, we were hungry again. Luckily, there was a row of food trucks on the mile…we thought we would be remiss if we didn’t partake in LA’s renowned food truck scene for a quick lunch:

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We took a moment to play with my nieces and nephew in the GIANT SPAGHETTI NOODLE SCULPTURE THING just outside the entrance to LACMA:

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Then we saw THIS – they had turned one of Tim Burton’s drawings into a GIANT INFLATABLE SCULPTURE. Missy couldn’t resist hugging it before getting in line to enter the exhibit:

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An EDWARD SCISSORHANDS-inspired topiary just outside the exhibit:

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We were not allowed to take photos inside the actual exhibit, but I managed to take a few shots anyways…of course, none of which illustrates how truly spectacular the crowded Tim Burton retrospective was…

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Hanging on one wall amidst clusters of original drawings and paintings was one of the COOKIE CUTTER ROBOTS from the movie Edward Scissorhands:

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Some original sketches showing design ideas for the movies ED WOOD, NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and BEETLEJUICE:

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An early PSA poster illustrated by Tim Burton:

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The show ended just as it had begun – with inflatable sculptures based on Tim Burton’s drawings, just outside of the museum gift shop, of course:

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After the Burton exhibit, we checked out AI WEIWEI’s impressive bronze sculptures of the CHINESE ZODIAC, which was installed in one of the museum’s courtyards. The floating severed heads were in stark contrast to the bright California sun:

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My Chinese zodiac is YEAR OF THE BOAR:

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Missy’s Chinese Zodiac, YEAR OF THE RABBIT:

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Favorite Places: Paolo’s Gelato, Atlanta

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One of my favorite places to hit up in the summer is Paolo’s Gelato in Atlanta, Georgia. They have so many delicious flavors of homemade gelato, it is always hard to decide what kind to try. Good thing is – you can try different kinds of gelato in your cup or cone!

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I like the flavors like geranium and mango.

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There are many great flavors, though. So many to try.

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They also add a cute wafer to top off my gelato!

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I can’t wait to go back and try more gelato!

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