summer friday fun days continue. last friday we ventured off to the getty center in los angeles. the museum was designed by richard meier and founded by oilman j. paul getty, now owned by the j. paul getty trust. aside from paying for parking, the entire museum was free. as you can see from the photos, the museum is perched on a hillside with sweeping views of los angeles. people, it gets hot up there thanks in large part to the abundant use of travertine and concrete in the building's construction.
this time around, the kids definitely took one for the team. (unlike last week, i am thrilled to report that no one got lost.) towards the back of the museum and off the cafe terrace is an amazing 134,000 sq. ft. central garden replete with water treatments, rolling hills (where people are welcome to picnic and kids make like rolling pins), art sculptures, and an impressive array of beautiful flowers (dahlias were center stage on this visit). my photos really can't honor the beauty of this garden designed by robert irwin.
the permanent collection houses artwork by paul gauguin and vincent van gogh, among others. temporary exhibits include work by gustav klimt and herb ritts. truth be told, i was most excited to see the herb ritts exhibit, which included his earlier black-and-white photography and editorial work. (sorry, no photos were allowed in this area.) you all remember the janet jackson video love will never do, right? there was a special viewing room where people were allowed to watch a loop of ritts' commercial and music video work. my kids especially liked this part of the exhitbit and when i informed my son that janet was michael jackson's sister his eyes lit up (he is a huge fan of michael jackson). seeing ritts' exhibit brought back a flood of memories. take a peek at his body of work (no pun intended) and you will understand what i mean.
in the end, i think the kids had a good time. though, i have a feeling i will be taking one for the team on our next round. hope you enjoyed visiting the getty center with us. if you ever get the chance to visit, i highly recommend it.
so, happy friday once again. what's on the agenda for the weekend everyone? whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
ps~a huge thank you to kate of the forgetful wife for recommending the getty center!pps~i'm pretty sure this guy was at the museum on our visit. quick, can anyone remember which movie made him an instant star?