Thursday, March 18, 2010

Experience Variety: Museums

What I love about Los Angeles is not only the sheer volume of events, but the variety of any given type of experience.  Museums in particular allow you to explore the gamut of history, music, and culture.  Have you been to a museum lately?  Check out the following selection of events all over LA that caught my eye...

  • U.S. History & Society: Breach of Peace: Photographs of Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge
    The Skirball Cultural Center hosts contemporary photos by Eric Etheridge showing former Freedom Riders (who converged on Jackson, Mississippi to challenge state segregation laws) next to their origianl mugshots.  The exhibition examines each subject's involvement with the Civil Rights movement, takes a look at who they are today, and provides their unique perspectives. 
    Now until April 11, 2010
  • L.A. History: Justin Gershuny: A Retrospective
    Heritage Square Museum honors the life of Beverly Hills resident Justin Gershuny.  Gershuny recently passed on late 2009 and the exhibition features watercolors created by Gershuny who was an architect who had utilized his knowledge and talents for countless restoration proejcts including Heritage Square.
    Now until March 28, 2010
  • World History: Secrets of the Silk Road
    The Bowers Museum in Orange County opens this exhibition on March 27th.  Featuring well-perserved mummies and artifacts of the people who lived along the ancient Silk Road.  This is the first time these mummies will be featured in the United States. 
    Opens March 27th and runs until July 25th 2010
  • Music: The GRAMMY Museum
    The GRAMMY Museum hosts a number of programs in addition to their music history collection and interactive exhibitions.  Upcoming programs include A Celebration of Hawaiian Music, a family friendly program featuring GRAMMY Award-winning artist/producer Daniel Ho where families should come ready to sing, dance, and learn the basics of hula (March 20th 2010) and Fender Presents John 5: Professor of Shredology (March 31st 2010).
  • Film and Literature: Hammer Museum Lectures, Readings, and Screenings
    In addition to their ongoing exhibitions, the Hammer Museum features film screenings, reading series, and lectures.  Upcoming events include family flicks like Watership Down (March 21st 2010), readings by Sheila Heti (March 24th 2010), and Bike Night (April 8th 2010)
-Charity Tran

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