After running through the exhibit a’la Ferris Bueller, we head out to explore the rest of LACMA’s modern campus. On our list: that big rock thingy (Levitated Mass), those old street lamps (Urban Light) and admittedly, a glass of summery wine from the idyllic neo-post-modern cafe at the center of the museum.
We wander over behind the Broad building to a wide open area with a walkway that slowly submerges under the boulder. This land art piece is the oft-Instagrammed Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer.
Like the experience of so many iconic monuments, we are a bit underwhelmed. Doing a little research I learn why… the original plan did not include the earthquake-ready steel support ledges on either side of the rock, so the cradle for this 340 ton, 150-million year old boulder was designed to visually levitate the mass, inducing a nervous energy to pedestrians underneath. Without this illusion, the attention surrounding the piece has focused on the transportation and placement of the rock, a feat that cost 10 million dollars and required the cooperation of 22 cities (source, LAtimes.com). If you don’t believe me, watch the documentary.
We keep passing through the trendy C + M café, and give in to temptation. The staff is buzzing around happily like they’ve discovered the secret to a long, fulfilling life (namely working in this airy dream of a museum cafe) and I think they might be right.
We order two blush glasses of rosé and a cheese plate to add a dash of food porn to the blog post. One of the cheeses is dusted in bergamot tea and it tastes as divine as it sounds.
Finally, we jump into the outdoor Urban Lights installation, which is required if you maintain any @ symbols at all. It does not disappoint. This pre-fab, shiny tribute suits the city perfectly.
For visiting hours and ticket info check out LACMA.org/visit.