You could spend a day at LACMA —Los Angeles County Museum of Art — and get a taste of the entire history of world art (the collection counts 100,000 objects). But I recently visited for something a little bit different.
I love the silver screen. And LACMA recently unveiled a rich new exhibit on Stanley Kubrick's work, on display through June 30. The exhibit dives deep into his films, but also serves as a kind of exploration into the evolution of cinematography from the 1960s through the 90s.
This isn't a small exhibit. There are rooms displaying all the different cameras Kubrick used (oh how technology has changed!), original scripts and handwritten staging notes, props and costumes, even movie clips with the director's voice commenting on what he thought he could have done better.
The exhibit also gives a behind-the-scenes peek at movie magic — like how the iconic "red rum" scene in The Shining was pulled off (buckets of fake blood poured from a trolley). My Dad worked for NASA and the space industry, so I was particularly interested in the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
You could easily spend a couple of hours just in the Kubrick exhibit. But the museum (a half-hour drive from the hotel) has so much great art and several restaurants. If you're not a Kubrick fan, I guarantee you'll find plenty of other artists you'll love.
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