Plenty of places to play, not much worth doing. I'd recommend on demand binging around, changing for the upcoming weeks of exciting activities into summer. However, there are always some experiences that stand out like Beyond The Streets definitive showcase of graffiti and street art.
Beyond The Streets
May 6 to July 6
Daily 12pm to 7pm (Closed Mondays)
1667 N. Main Street
This one is a big one. Beyond The Streets spans for streets, and luckily for us, lasts for months. May 6th through July 6th make an effort to make your way over to Chinatown. Then, brace yourself for over 40,000 square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space celebrating graffiti, street art, and BEYOND. Beyond includes paintings, sculpture, photography, and installations for your experiencing pleasure. If you're thinking this is unpro, you are wrong. The exhibition is curated by graffiti historian, urban anthropologist, and collector Roger Gastman, known worldwide for being, "the cultural connector between street artists and the art world," as quoted by Forbes. This event spawns from his previous Art In The Streets exhibition, the U.S.'s first graffiti and street art historic anthology at MoCa. The list of contributing artists is endless but spikes with many notorious names including Guerrilla Girls, Dennis Hopper, and Takashi Murakami.
Leave your paint and markers at home, this is not an interactive exhibition.
http://beyondthestreets.com for tix and more info
The Exhibition Back-burner.
(for when there's still time for you to find time)
Daily April 26 to May 27
LA Live - 1005 Chick Hearn Court
Seems like things are just "popping up" all over the damn place these days. Well, we are quite the non-committal community in Los Angeles. Complementary to that County characteristic, we now have pop up experiences, like Happy Place. It is an immersive multi room larger than life installation heaven haven-ed on the Event Deck at L.A. Live. Just a warning, Happy Place appears like another one of those Museum of Ice Cream/Yayoi Kusama timed entry non-transferable get your tickets now before they are all sold out type of exhibits, not that there's anything wrong with that. I am an enjoyer of immersion in foreign spaces so however lame, I am game, especially if my face looks like a smiling emoji when I leave. Plus, they claim to have the "world's largest confetti dome," so there's that. I can cross another Guinness holder off my list right next to the world's largest ball of twine. Most appealing, it feels like the kind of event that will allow me to crawl on the floor like a baby, channeling my inner child and inner comedic commentary whilst people watching. Win. And you have another thirty days to set a date.
http://happyplace.me for tix and more info
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Daily until January 19
California Science Center
The collection is the largest ever to be displayed outside of Egypt. LA is just one location as part of a years-long international tour. Why now? Well, it's the centennial of the discovery of King Tut's tomb by British archeologist Howard Carter in 1922. Don't worry, you have plenty of time, it's open from 10am to 5pm daily until January 19th of next year.
http://californiasciencecenter.org for tickets and more info
Museum of Failure
Daily until March 8, 2019
Hollywood & Highland
From Sweden to Hollywood, this exhibit with spend 1 year inviting Los Angelans and beyond a look into great failures over human history. This museum is a reminder when in this world it seems there is no time for failure (or that any misstep is death sentence of perpetual inability), failures often precede works of art, and if we don't learn to learn from and later laugh at ours, we will become resistant to trying and in turn resistant to living with our imperfect selves or imperfections. They are there for a reason, and they have a purpose. Our greatest failures as artists have the potential to birth our greatest assets if we take the time to channel them.
http://failuremuseum.com for tickets and more info
Skirball Cultural Center
A permanent collection for kids, yet playing and climbing a life size arc filled with animals sounds like a great time for me. Finding your inner child as an adult is a must if you are going to survive in this world where people, places, and things old and new become less and less mind blowing. Ya feel me? Oh they invented a flying car? Figured they'd do that.
Sensory Sensitive Fridays encourage and accommodate through art special demos and activities for children with developmental disabilities such as Autism. I find this very very spectacular as studies show that Autistic children learn from and interact best with other children their own age as opposed to adults. Add art to the equation = gold.
https://www.skirball.org/noahs-ark for tickets, calendar of events, and more info
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