All in Artsy Fartsy

LACMA Sets the Stage for Chagall.

Being a fan of Chagall's imaginatively vivid and mysterious paintings that always seem slightly off to me, I was thrilled when I heard LACMA was exhibiting his work. When I learned the exhibit was showcasing his costume and set design creations—a medium I never knew he worked in, the inner theater geek in me who also loves fashion got a little verklempt!

Stay of the Art!

The immersive communion with art happens almost immediately as you pull into the hotel’s entryway. Former curator of the Denver Art Museum Dianne Vanderlip is responsible for assembling the hotel’s entire art collection. Wanting to evoke the spirit of Colorado, Vanderlip commissioned a variety of artists including John Baldessari, Sol Lewitt, and Frank Gehry, to make contributions to the hotel inspired by the region

Get Up Close and Personal With the Pulse of the Human Body

Body Worlds: Pulse explores the human body’s systems and the vulnerabilities associated with 21st century living. Detailed scientific information about the varying effects common aliments such as stress or obesity have on the locomotive, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and reproductive systems are there in the flesh for patrons to interact with and learn from.

Kerry James Marshall's Figurative Mastery

While the distinctions between the paintings might lie in whether it’s a historic event, landscape or interior composition, the unifying attributes are striking bold colors and exquisite detail. Some of the paintings reminded me of photographs due to the amount of specificity and precision present in the entirety of the piece.

The 14th Factory

The viewer is meant to confront their own ideas of globalization. Invisible forces of nature both man-made and supernatural demonstrate how the past influences the present through social constructs. “These themes—violence, interconnectedness, nostalgia for lost identities and cultures that have been submerged in the ‘universal inter-dependence of nations’ recur throughout The 14th Factory.” 

A TBOT 2016 Best of Retrospective

More likely than not, in a few hours I’ll be clinking a glass of bubbly before planting a kiss on my partner for good luck while a group of friends stumble through the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” (why is it that no one can ever remember the words to that damn song? I sing it every year and still have no idea what comes after “Should all acquaintance be forgot.”)

The Museum of Death

Though it leads with sensationalism—appealing to the Lookie-Lou in all of us who fain curiosity about infamous killers and their gruesome crimes, the museum is brimming with factual information illuminating the most routine practices associated with death

The New Whitney

Still after all these years the Whitney is a “must-see” for anyone visiting New York City. With so much more to experience, go and let the intrinsically American art challenge your interpretations of the everyday objects you find there and the inspiring conversations they provoke.