Exhibition Expedition! Explore Art & Culture Near The Pearl
April is alive with new beginnings – and there’s adventure in the air! Important new exhibitions, immersive experiences, and dazzling diversions are beckoning with their siren song. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus at LACMA. Pair your chamber music with fine wine at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Be amazed by Catherine Opie’s photographs of Elizabeth Taylor’s rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry. Food meets art at Audrey restaurant, which recently opened at the Hammer Museum, while The Egg House features some “eggcellent” treats to view and eat. It’s time to take an Exhibition Expedition, and explore art and culture near The Pearl.
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
April 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus (1919–1933), an architecture and applied art school that moved between the German cities of Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin before it was forced to close by the Nazi government. The Bauhaus cannot be summed up by any one place, style, or workshop, but its influence on arts education can still be felt today. Although often associated with its most familiar names, figures like Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus’s reputation is also indebted to the hundreds of women and men who attended the school between 1919 and 1933. This exhibition brings together prints, photographs, ceramics, furniture, and examples of graphic design to consider the Bauhaus’s diverse and complicated legacy and its lasting contributions to modern art, architecture, and design.
Marciano Art Foundation
4357 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Based in Los Angeles, photographer Catherine Opie presents two different aspects of Southern California living in the bodies of work currently on view and curated by the artist: 700 Nimes Road (2010-11) and the Freeway series (1994-95). The former, a portrait of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, was taken over six months at her Bel-Air residence, just before and after the actress’s hospitalization and eventual death in 2011. The photographs of rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry create an indirect yet deeply intimate portrait of a woman whose life was defined by wealth and fame. The Freeway series was inspired by Opie’s daily commute in the mid-1990s, when she recognized the beauty of the California highway system. The series focuses on freeways as icons of Southern California and provokes viewers to reconsider structures that govern their daily movement. In many images, the freeway structures look like all that remains of human culture in some post-apocalyptic future.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
LA Phil’s Chamber Music Series, a collaboration of LA Phil members, continues with Chamber Music for Strings. As you can expect, strings dominate this exquisite chamber music program, which ranges from Haydn’s delightful trio to 20th-century works by Hindemith and Schoenberg. A complimentary wine reception will be held in BP Hall before the concert at 6:30PM.
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Located within the Hammer Museum in Westwood, Audrey restaurant blends elevated and soulful cooking with a contemporary Southern California feel rooted in the region’s growing seasons. From restaurateur Soa Davies Forrest and chef Lisa Giffen, the dishes emphasize European flavors and techniques complemented by a full bar offering fresh, bright cocktails and a diverse wine list showcasing small production winemakers. The modern and inclusive space designed by architect Michael Maltzan and interiors by Fettle Design features a prominent tile installation from renowned Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo.
529 N La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
100 Tactile is the first and only tactile interactive exhibition – featuring 100 boxes with unknown content inside. The audience will experience objects and symbols completely through the sense of touch, activating a different kind of awareness to the world. Complemented by supporting visual elements and music, the artwork consists of 100 individual pieces, divided into 3 sections: 1. Daily Objects 2. Materials and Texture 3. Text and Symbols. (Hand sanitizers are provided in every section).100 Tactile was conceived by Ceci M W, a conceptual artist based in New York. Ceci’s installation work frequently involves physical interactions with audience in unexpected ways, examining psychological effects, physiological senses, or interactions between humans through participation.
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
American automotive museums have come and gone, but until publishing magnate and philanthropist Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie opened the Petersen Automotive Museum, there was no central location in which to celebrate the entirety of automotive history, industry, culture and artistry in Los Angeles, the most car-centric city the world has yet known. In 2015, the museum underwent an extensive $90 million renovation. The building’s façade was redesigned by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, while designers at The Scenic Route configured interior spaces to accommodate changing exhibits that are intended to encourage repeated visits. The exterior features a stainless-steel ribbon assembly, made of 100 tons of 14-gauge type 304 steel in 308 sections, 25 supports and 140,000 custom stainless-steel screws!
708 N Croft Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
The Egg House is the first egg-themed pop-up space offering a multi-sensory experience, led by founder Biubiu Xu and an eggcellent team of creators, designers, and artists. With multiple rooms of immersive installations and interactive experiences, The Egg House is a house full of dreams and fantasies that saves you from the busy concrete city, and brings you a shareable fun time to spend with friends and family. Visitors can explore Instagrammable Installations, Interactive Design, vendors with “eggcellent” egg treats, a gift shop and more.
2605 Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
Bunnies aren’t just for Easter! The Bunny Museum is a world record-holding museum dedicated to rabbits that was first opened to the public in 1998, Founded by Steve Lubanski and Candace Frazee, who as a couple are called Lubunnzee, The Bunny Museum tells the history of bunnies in advertising, art, entertainment, fashion, film, and everyday vernacular. Got dust bunnies in your home? Do you know what bunnies have to do with math? Have you ever heard of a rabbit plane? Have you ever eaten a Welsh Rabbit? Hop on over and find out. The Bunny Museum has 35,754 bunny objects to date.
ALERT: This museum is not recommended for pre-school children. Children are welcome, but they are not the target audience.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
They’re cuddly. They’re smart. We treat them like part of the family. From lovable companions to loyal protectors, dogs live and work alongside us. They can rescue us from peril, sniff out danger, or provide help to people in need. Through engaging and fun hands-on exhibits, visitors can explore the science behind the bond between humans and dogs. Find out how humans and dogs are both wired for social connection, which made it possible for dogs to nuzzle their way into human society and into our hearts. Discover dogs’ amazing senses and grab the chance to see, hear, smell, and act like a dog.
Enhance your California Science Center experience with an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. Superpower Dogs 3D takes you on a journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners.