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My Trip to LA: Part Three

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Burr, it’s cold! I’m finally back home in NYC. Jet lag & post vacation depression are hitting hard.

What a better way to kick that feeling than to reminisce on my trip? Here ya go. LA, Part 3.

UCLA HAMMER

The Hammer museum is one of three public arts units of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA. Since its inception in 1990, the Hammer committed to curating art that challenges us to see the world in a new light. It’s located on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood.

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What’s truly dope about the Hammer, is that they are open to the public and free for good. Its indoor-outdoor design make it a great place to stroll through on breezy California afternoon. Below is a view of the center courtyard from the 3rd floor.

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I wish I could show you guys every single piece of amazing art I saw inside, but that’d spoil it for you! Here are two of my favorite exhibits:

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I’m so sorry I forgot to write down the artist’s name! But I thought this was pretty dope. The exhibit focused on the technique of shading to achieve a ghost-like image. Can you guess what the subject is doing? Haha.

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These two pieces are by artist Charles Gaines from his series Gridwork. They are called “Numbers and Trees”. They were so colorful! and definitely caught my eye. Gaines used photography to change the way we perceive everyday subjects like trees, plants and faces. He substituted the base of each image with numbers so that even when you look at it you see the full image, but the numbers are never completely illegible.

LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, better known as “LACMA” is hands down one of my favorite places on this earth. It’s perfectly picturesque at night! And a good spot for shenanigans 😉

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The street lamp installations out front are called Urban Light, created by artist Chris Burden. You might recognize these lights from scenes in movies like No Strings Attached, Valentine’s Day and Maybe California. Most recently it was the set for a dance scene on VH1’s “Hit The Floor”. Although not officially declared, the lights are considered by many to be a Los Angeles landmark.

🌴PALM DRIVE 🌴

Palm Drive is so gorgeous! It stretches for what seems like miles and miles of perfect palm trees in both directions. I know what you’re thinking, “aren’t there palm tree everywhere in LA?” Sure, but this street is something special. It should be renamed Selfie Street lol cue the impromptu street photo shoot:

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THE GROVE

The Grove is truly something out of a movie. Its loaded with high end retailers, a movie theater, a trolley that runs through the grounds and a beautiful water fountain. It lies adjacent to The Farmers’ Market, filled with delicious organic goodies.

We spent an entire day there, enjoying all the Grove has to offer. It’s a must-see if you’re visiting LA. And also, a very cute date night location!

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Stopped into Forever 21 to do some damage. That face you make when you know you can’t resist!

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FullSizeRender 53As I mentioned earlier, there’s a trolley that goes through the Grove. It gave us such a great view! Here are a few shots from that vantage point:IMG_7703 IMG_7704 IMG_7553 FullSizeRender 54

We capped off the night wandering under the pretty lights & with a delicious dinner at Umami Burger!

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If you’ve been following my previous posts, you’ll know this wasn’t my first time in LA. And it won’t be my last! Los Angeles is a beautiful city, and there is so much more for me to explore. Till next time! In the words of UCLA Hammer, love & live each moment to the fullest & always give more than you take. <3

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Bye LA!

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