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10 on 10: LACMA {L.A. Photographer}

This month, my “10 on 10″ post comes from a family Saturday trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, otherwise known as LACMA.  There is no shortage of culture and things-to-do in L.A. so we try to split our weekends between chores at home and exploring our city.  And LACMA has a great program called, NEXGEN, which provides free admission to the art museum for a kid and one adult chaperone.  It’s their way of getting kids hooked on art while they’re young and we think it’s a great idea!  Our adventure for the day cost us a mere $10 in parking!

As soon as you come up from the parking garage, you’re greeted with art.  I love any scene with palm tree and the dynamic lines and color of the building are a nice contrast to the trees.


More pattern and line and color greets you as you walk the corridor between some of the museum’s halls.  That’s my 5-year-old leading the way. . .

LACMA covered outdoor walkways have a pop of color.

Our main draw for the visit was to see the Metropolis exhibit by Chris Burden.  The boys had been before, but it was my first visit.  It’s quite the impressive city scape of racing cars and trains.  Any little boys dream, really!

Chris Burden

As it turns out, art doesn’t have to include cars to interest children.  The enormous Band by Richard Serra had twists and curves and secret cubbies, perfect for exploration.

Richard Serra

The dedicated children’s area, the Boone Children’s Gallery, gave the kids (and adults!) a chance for some hands-on art.  With a friendly staff of helpers, fresh paints and supplies, soothing music, and inspiration all around, it was a great place to work on our own masterpieces.

The Boone Children

We headed out to a courtyard and were greeted by the installation Penetrabile by Jesus Rafael Soto.  I shared this image for Fine Art Friday a few weeks ago:

Penetrabile art installation at LACMA.

But thought I’d add a few more for some perspective. . .

Penetrabile installation by Jesus Rafael Soto at LACMA.

A child plays in the yellow tubes that swing down from the Penetrabile art installation at LACMA.

We strolled through the sculpture garden, walking right through a painting (so it seemed),

LACMA outdoor sculpture.

and explored Urban Light by Chris Burden, one of the museum’s most iconic pieces.  The old fashioned street lamps reach toward the sky so majestically.


And are a delight to run through for a 3- and 5-year old!

Playing peek-a-boo in the lightposts at LACMA.

 There is so much we didn’t explore, but I think the key to having a great time for the kids and adults is to pace yourself and not try to cram it all into one day.  And with our NEXGEN passes, thankfully, we don’t have to!

It wouldn’t be a “10 on 10″ if I didn’t have a link to another fabulous photographer, so go check out Beth at BMP Photography, New Hampshire Photographer now!


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Beth P - May 10, 2012 - 3:32 am

Amy these are awesome! I love all the different angles, shapes, and perspectives you’ve captured!

Kay Pickens - May 10, 2012 - 5:43 am

Those are great! I love, love all the lines and patterns that you captured. Looks like you had a great time too.

Britt Anderson - May 10, 2012 - 6:36 am

These are amazing Amy!!!! Love how you find patterns everywhere, you know just the right angles to shoot at

Heidi Roberts - May 10, 2012 - 8:13 am

Thank you for showing me a perspective of LA that I’ve never seen before! Love all of the different angles you used. Simply fantastic!

Kelly Q - May 10, 2012 - 9:40 am

So cool Amy! I love all the angles and different perspectives you shot from. Definitely a different side of LA that what I’ve been to before!

dalia - May 10, 2012 - 11:11 am

what a cool place!! I love your angles, makes the pictures so interesting and fun to look at!

Melissa Schuett - May 10, 2012 - 7:10 pm

WOW! Looks like an amazing place – both to photograph at and to explore with kids! I’ve added it to my list of places to visit!!

Casey Yu - May 10, 2012 - 7:45 pm

These are gorgeous, Amy.

Tracy - May 11, 2012 - 11:30 am

Perfect! These make me want to come to LA!

veronica starr - May 19, 2012 - 11:28 am

awww man!!! now i NEED a city adventure!!! very inspiring 10 on 10!!!

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