Yesterday was Friday the 13th. Ever since my little sister was born on Friday the 13th, it has always been my favorite day and yesterday was just as great as any other. In addition to another rain storm, I spent the day at the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) with my very good friend. There are not many people who I enjoy attending museums with because people seem to think that because I have a degree in art and teach art that I am going to the museum to be their personal tour guide. I'm sorry, but I like to go to museums to look at the work; to learn about new and old artists; to gain curiosity about techniques; and most importantly, to be inspired! But my friend is not one of those people who expect a personal tour. She is the perfect museum partner who adds to my creative banter on how I think an artwork could have been improved, or what the next version should look like. She dreams with me in a fun verbal banter in such a way that I'm sure people around us think we believe it could all come true. I think every creative person in the world needs a friend like this. They love the freedoms of the imagination and never try to stifle it with judgment and harsh criticism. Everything is about problem solving, creativity, and how to make what seems impossible completely possible.
Currently LACMA has a special exhibit on display: In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.
I love surrealism. I love the detail and realism some of the paintings maintain with their odd scenes. My favorite surrealists are Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and the pop surrealist Mark Ryden. But as with any art movement, it is told from the views of the male artists. This exhibit demonstrated how women artists tackled the same movement, but a very different intention of the meaning in their work. It was exciting to walk through the exhibit and see some of my favorite paintings in person. I have had the privilege to see works of Frida Kahlo, but to see the works of Dorothea Tanning and Remedios Varo was pure delight! To my surprise, this exhibit was allowed to be photographed as long as the flash was not used. Usually special exhibits do not allow photography. I wish I had known this ahead of time because I purposefully left my camera at home thinking this special exhibit was like the others. But thankfully, cell phone cameras are more advanced now. On this blog are the paintings that captured me the most. The exhibit ends May 6th, 2012. If you get a chance, you should go! I highly recommend seeing this!