Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Getty Museum

Last week Michael and I went to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.   My favorite part of the Getty is the outside.  The gardens and the architecture and like nothing you will see anywhere else.  This is a picture of Michael at the front steps of the museum. If you look really close you can see a statue of a naked woman laying on her side on the steps above his left shoulder.  While we were walking up the steps there was a sign that said "please do not touch the statue."   Obviously the museum isn't too worried about the statue getting damaged because it sits in the sun, rain and snow blizzards that often strike southern California, so the sign is there for another reason.  Michael and I had a good laugh picturing some weird guy hopping over the stair rail, posing by the naked woman and having his friend immortalize the moment on a camera phone.

Our first stop was the cactus garden on the south side of the museum. It has a really beautiful view of the city. Unfortunately the picture we took of ourselves is quite unflattering but that wont stop me from sharing it! Just enjoy background.

We walked around the new photography exhibit and also through the impressionist exhibit. Michael enjoyed the Monet and Degas.  I loved the photography.  There was one that stood out to me most by Eileen Cowin called I See What You're Saying.  There was an NPR broadcast about it that I am anxious to hear.  It is essentially portraying the lies we tell ourselves and how we will at some point be consumed by them. How people around us will lie to us but if we look at their body language or facial expressions we will literally see what they are saying.  That is what I took out of it.  Like any great artist, there are many interpretations.   
We ended our day where we started, outside near the gardens.  It was a great adventure. 

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