What I Wore: Shirt (Similar Here), Skirt (Hell Bunny), Shoes (Old Navy), Bracelet (c/o Popbasic)This is what I wore for a day of taking in art. Somehow, you want to look beautiful to look at beautiful things and this skirt definitely helps me feel that way.
Visiting the Getty Art Museum is really unlike visiting any other museum I've ever been at before. First of all, you can pretty much only access the museum by riding up on their tram. As you crawl up the side of the cliff, a pleasant voice tells you all about what the Getty Museum does, what it's missions are (the array of what they do is indeed very impressive) and as you exit the clean, white tram you are greeted with the clean, white lines of the buildings that make up the Getty Museum, and you read that right. Buildings, as in multiple. Something that struck me about southern California is that, with their near constant perfect weather, so many of their buildings are open air. They don't have malls, they have gallerias, and so too, they do not have a colossal museum housing art, but many smaller (but honestly still quite large) buildings. They are very modern in their style too with many balconies, walkways, plazas, and gardens all around- and, from every edge you get a clear view of Los Angeles sprawling out to the ocean below. It is breath-taking, and more than that, the very isolation of the museum means you are completed emerged into this world of art in a way no other museum I think could possibly do (yes, not even the Louvre). You can see The Boy and I with the city behind us.
This world of art is all free too, which is beyond amazing to me, considering what it is and what the museum does. Even the audio tours we used were free. As for the art itself, for the most part, there's a focus on European Art, spanning from medieval times to the early nineteenth century and then, of course, they have photography (Getty Images, anyone?). There are a few big names- we saw several Monets, and Degas as well as Van Gogh's Irises as pictured below, but the lack of famous paintings does not mean it lacks for quality by any means. As you can see I had many favorites. One exhibit I was especially interested to see was Ruben's tapestries, which were gorgeous but also fascinating to find out about the process with which they were created. In addition to all the art on display the museum also partakes in a lot of restoration, and conservation of art; in archival and a library and in publications about art. They also have extensive learning opportunities both at the museum and online. Whether you live in the area or not, consider looking into finding out more about the Getty Museum!