Page & LACMA Museums and The Bazaar

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
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Trip End Oct 14, 2011


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Saturday, June 4, 2011




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My first stop today was the Page Museum.  This museum is located next to the La Brea Tar Pits and contains fossils from the pits.  While they call them fossils, they aren't actually fossilized.  They haven't turned to stone but have just been preserved by the tar.  The fossils are all reasonably recent, as fossils go, and are from the Ice Age period with ages from 10,000 to 40,000 years. 

You can also tour the grounds where you can see a number of the tar pits including one that is currently being excavated.  They're all fenced off to prevent people from joining the animals that have gotten stuck in the tar and died.

The Page Museum is next door to my next stop, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art aka LACMA.  When I planned on visiting both museums in one day, I made it one of the days that LACMA is open late.  I thought I could see both in one day but I had no idea how big LACMA is.  It turns out, LACMA is huge and seeing both of them in one day is not realistic.

LACMA has a number of buildings and each building, or in some cases floor, housing a specific type of collection.  They have buildings for Japanese Art, Korean Art, Art of the Americas, Art of the Pacific, Modern Art, German Expressionism, Art of the Ancient World, European Art, Islamic Art, South and Southeast Asian Art, Contemporary Art and temporary exhibitions. I didn't have time to see many of these collections.

I did see the Japanese Art, Korean Art and Art of the Americas exhibits and I quickly went through the Modern Art collection.  I'm not a good judge of the Japanese and Korean art.  There were some pieces I liked in the Art of the Americas building (some of which were European - the names aren't always 100% accurate).  The Modern Art collection looked very good but by that time I had to get to the Tim Burton temporary exhibit.

The Tim Burton exhibit is very popular and the tickets are for a particular time.  In spite of the timed entry, the exhibit was still very crowded and it was hard to get through the galleries.  The exhibit is quite large.

Tim Burton is known as a film director but his talents extend far beyond what you might expect.  He's also a talented artist, photographer and cartoonist.  The exhibit included many pages from notebooks where he sketched ideas for costumes, sets or characters.  The notebooks also contained some lists he made such as styles of comedy he had heard, artists and how their work was different or horror movies he was familiar with.  There were also quite a number of poems that sometimes went with drawings or paintings and a number of large Polaroids he shot using some of the props from a movie project.

The notebooks were sometimes directly related to projects or films he worked on but many were just ideas he wanted to get down on paper.  The works ranged from simple sketches done with a pencil to oil paintings and sculptures.  Some of the works shown were made by other people based on Tim Burton's sketches.  These were normally props or costumes used in movies.  They also showed a number of videos ranging from short films he made, some as far back as when was shooting Super 8 film as a teenager, to some recent TV show he was involved with.

I knew he'd made some great movies but I had no idea of the range of his skills and the quantity of work he's produced.  It's very impressive.

For dinner I thought I'd try and get into The Bazaar.  The Bazaar is a restaurant by Jose Andres that I've eaten at twice already during my stay in Los Angeles but I like it a lot and I decided to go again.

There are several restaurants within The Bazaar.  I went to Rojo y Blanca, which is a tapas restaurant, a Spanish style that Jose Andres is responsible for popularizing in America.  I didn't have a reservation but I was able to get a seat at the bar.  Soon after being seated, a couple was seated next to me.  We chatted a bit.  A couple people in the restaurant seemed to know the man and stopped to talk with him.  I asked if he was someone I should know.  It turns out, he's very well-known in Los Angeles; he was a star player for the Lakers for 12 years.  It was my first star sighting in Los Angeles, although there have probably been others that I just didn't recognize due to my general ignorance of broad areas of pop culture.

After another great meal at The Bazaar I headed back to my hotel for the night.
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