• Inez Suen

Art: Art Around L.A. Part I

While in L.A., I met up with dear friend and art collector, Dee Kerrison for an amazing day around town.  Started at Petit Trois, it was indeed the closest thing to eating in France in Southern California. mmm…that bread… 🥖

With full stomaches, we drove to the Marciano Foundation.  Donna Huanca’s OBSIDIAN LADDER huge installation was suppose to “triggers the senses through painting, sculpture, sound, scent, and performance” but we went on a day where there wasn’t any performance (I hear they are nude 🙊).

Off to DTLA!  We rode the Angel’s Flight, L.A.’s historical 118-year-old funicular up the hill….

…it was like traveling through time…the juxtaposition of industrial age locomotive to contemporary architecture of the Broad Museum and Disney Concert Hall is extreme.  

We first went to see Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983.  It’s a comprehensive survey of contemporary Black artists and movements spanning two decades, with a special section dedicated to L.A. based creators.  Quincy Jones curated a soundtrack to see the exhibition free to download on apple music.  

Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People - Bobby Seale), 1969, by Barkley Hendricks.

Faith Ringgold, The Flag Is Bleeding (1967)

Then we went upstairs of the Broad to see their permanent collection.  

Here’s Dee taking a closer look at Mark Bradford’s Helter Skelter I, 2007.

Eyes and Eggs by Jean-Michel Basquiat 1983.

Norm’s, La Cienega, On Fire, Ed Rucha 1964.

What is a trip to the Broad without stopping in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors?  

Thanks Dee for showing me the best of L.A.! 🙏🏽