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When Art Meets Artisanal: Your Perfect Day at LACMA

December 19, 2014
Written by: Yasha Wallin

A few weeks ago we were invited to a sneak peek of LACMA’s new Pierre Huyghe exhibit. LACMA is one of the premiere art institutions in the country and artist and filmmaker Huyghe’s first major retrospective is one we didn’t want to miss. Plus, the Huyghe exhibit is the latest stop on Instagram’s #empty tour where influential Instagrammers and bloggers are invited to museums all over the world to explore when the exhibits aren’t open to the public and hence, empty. The best part? Anyone can get in on the empty experience by searching #emptyLACMA on Instagram.

But, for those of you who want the ultimate LACMA experience when it’s, y’know, populated we’ve planned your best day at LACMA right here:

But first, coffee. Coffee and Milk at LACMA serves L.A.’s cult favorite Intelligentsia coffee plus adorable treats like mini pies and artisinal pop tarts. Yep, we said artisinal pop tarts.


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Noodle your way through Jesus Rafael Soto’s “Penetrable,” aka the only thing at LACMA you’re encouraged to touch. This interactive installation contains hundreds of plastic yellow hoses hanging from an aluminum and painted iron structure. It only LOOKS like spaghetti. Trust us.


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Take in the Human experience at the new Pierre Huyghe exhibit. The French artist’s almost intimidatingly impressive retrospective blurs the lines between reality and “what could be” through installations, films, aquariums and even a beehive.


And did we mention there’s a dog named Human?


Let’s levitate. Michael Helzer’s Levitated Mass is the ultimate optical illusion. Many a manipulated selfie have been taken under this 340 ton boulder.

lacma levetated mass

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Flashing… lights, lights. 202 lampposts of them, to be exact. Chris Burden’s Urban Light iconic installation consists of unique lamp posts from all over Los Angeles. No two are alike.

lacma lights

End your day with a nightcap at Ray’s and Stark Bar, home of seasonal cocktails, the finest California wines and the U.S.’ only water sommelier.


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