The Museum’s LA Travels Continue…

Friday, June 10, 2011

Notes from Pamela Myers, Executive Director, leading Museum Travelers in California (Thursday, June 9, 2011)

The first full day of our travels in LA included the Huntington Museum and Gardens, the Norton Simon Museum and a wonderful private collection of Historic African American Art in Pasadena. It was a long and exciting day for all of us! While Asheville is sweltering, LA is cool with highs of 70 degrees! Today we are off to LA MOCA, LACMA and the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Also, we enjoyed a fabulous private tour of the arts and crafts, Greene and Greene designed Gamble house (lots of connections to Asheville with our GPI heritage). So all in all, the links between the Museum collections—particularly the American collection at the Huntington and the African American Collection—have been really exciting.

June 10, 2011:

June gloom still in force here: 68 degrees (cold) but today the sun peeked out late in the day when we arrived at LACMA.We started at LA MOCA which was a real treat for all, as was the Disney Concert Hall, where Susan Holden got us in despite all odds. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch followed by a tour of an amazing private collection.

We then moved on to LACMA—David Smith—OH MY!!! (one of my favorites!), followed by parts of the contemporary collection. Lastly, we enjoyed the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum. There, we were hosted by the board and new Director and Asheville favorite Suzanne Isken. We’ve been resting for an hour and will soon be off to fabulous Asian dinner!

Wish all of you were with us—next time be sure to come.