Monday, December 3, 2012

Los Angeles, the City of Angels & Art

Even after living in California for over 5 years, I still feel like a displaced New Yorker.  Although living in San Francisco has its advantages … in fact, a lot of advantages, one thing I really miss in this lovely little city is having access to great museums.
Of course, there’s the SFMOMA, an impressive little space that houses the West Coast's most comprehensive collection of contemporary art, and the de Young Museum, which has more to offer in terms of the architecture of the building than its exhibitions, but they pale in comparison to the magnitude of the museums in the East Coast.
However, just a few hours’ drive from San Francisco … well, 7 hours to be exact and merely an hour flight from SFO, is Los Angeles, one of the most well-known metropolises in the world. Although I’ve never been impressed by the glitzy façade of Hollywood, and couldn’t care less about overly blond and tanned world of 90210, I couldn’t help but to get caught up in the allure … or should I say, the ART of LA.

From the grandeur of the Getty Center and Museum to the inspirational murals and graffiti art displayed on walls of public spaces in downtown, Los Angeles is one of the most artistically vibrant cities in the US. And what makes this mega-city even more interesting is its large and diverse ethnic population, which is reflected in the art. I’m absolutely fascinated by the intricate stories and heritage of Angelenos, and I can't wait to discover more. Also, how can you not love a city that’s warm and sunny most days of the year?!?


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