California Dreamin'

Earlier this summer, we had the opportunity to take an inspiration trip to sunny California and thought it would be fun to share some of our fave museum spots. The three of us have very different styles (ask anyone who knows us!), but we all have the same appreciation for art and design. 

So what better way to reminisce about the creative sights + sounds of the City of Angels than an inside peek into our top museums, visited over three days, from three points-of-views.  After all, they say good things come in three's, so learn about each of our favorite picks and get to know us at the same time! 

Abner's Pick: The Broad

Word on the street:

"The Broad Contemporary Art Museum (widely known as BCAM), funded by LA philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, is home to a dazzling selection of modern work. Spread over three floors, the selection of pieces on display is strong on American artists—there's a very impressive Richard Serra piece on the first floor; Cindy Sherman and Jenny Holzer are among the artists represented on the second floor; and the third floor, enlightened by a glass ceiling, holds classic pieces by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and local artist Ed Ruscha."

- Timeout, Los Angeles


Abner's POV:

Why The Broad:

while there's amazing art collections inside, the exterior + architecture outside are just as incredible. it's also in one of my favorite neighborhoods in la, dtla. where there's lots of creative energy and cool vibes.

Favorite Part:

the interactive installation by yayoi kusama.

Insider Tip:

make it a day trip and get all your inspiration from the broad. then grab a bite from the grand central market a few blocks away.

Departing Thoughts:

"I may not always take selfies, but when I do it's at The Broad" - Abner

Jayson's Pick: LACMA 

Word on the street: 

"LACMA is truly a multi-day destination, given the size and scope of its collection. From Chris Burden's iconic entrance installation Urban Light, a piece made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps gathered from around LA, to the Pavilion for Japanese Art, a day at LACMA can span hundreds of years and thousands of miles." 

- Timeout, Los Angeles

Jayson's POV:


there's so much to see and lacma has a wide range of collections that will appeal to a variety of interests. 

Favorite part:

snapping my obligatory shot in front of chris burden's street lamp installation. #lacmalights

Insider tip:

sign up online to get notifications for special exhibits like the rain room. tickets sell out fast. 

Departing thoughts:

"put on your comfy (and stylish) shoes to explore, roam + enjoy all the art within lacma's vast grounds." - Jayson


Chris' Pick: The Getty

Word on the street:

"LA's hilltop acropolis was conceived as a home for the contents of the J. Paul Getty Trust, but that's the only straightforward thing about it. The 13-year-long, $1 billion project open in 1997 with a remarkable complex of travertine and white metal-clad pavilions that resembles a monastic retreat with panorama views James Bond would dig. The museum's gardens are a highlight, as is the lobby, an airy, luminous rotunda that opens to a fountain-filled courtyard surrounded by six pavilions housing the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions."

- Timeout, Los Angeles

Chris' POV:

Why The Getty: 

Stunning vistas, cool architecture, mother nature, and awesome exhibits to find and explore--what's not to love.

Favorite part:

The tram ride up. There's something about trams that reminds me of my childhood. But instead of queuing up for a 45-sec rollercoaster, you're getting to experience collections that span centuries. 

Insider tip: 

Admission is free, so you have no excuse not to visit! just make sure you go early, 'cuz la traffic doesn't play.

Departing thoughts:

"do it like the locals-- lay back, chill and enjoy all the inspiration that the getty offers." -chris