Girls Day Out: The Broad, The Last Bookstore, and More

Few Saturdays ago, I had a Girls Day Out (GDO) with my church friends and we went to The Broad museum. It’s been a very long time since we all hung out together on a Saturday. We always hung out on Sundays after church but we never went to fun places such as The Broad. For me, I’ve actually been there three times now but since some of my friends never went to the place, I thought it would be great to check out The Broad.

The Broad was founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and it is one of LA’s newest contemporary art museum. They opened their doors on September 2015 and it houses artworks from Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and more.

I would say their most popular artwork is from Yayoi Kusama and her “Infinity Room”. When I first went there, the waiting list to go into “The Infinity Room” was 3 hours long even though we came right when they opened their doors. Last December, The Broad even hosted an exhibition dedicating Yayoi Kusama’s artworks and tickets sold out real fast. And I mean REAL FAST. But luckily, I was able to buy two tickets to go to her “Infinity Mirror” exhibition and let me tell, it was mesmerizing and beautiful. It was cool to see how Yayoi Kusama used her illness to create breathtaking artworks. I especially enjoyed the exhibition because I love patterns like A LOT. For some weird reason, I’m always drawn to repetition… Maybe it’s because it comforts me to see an image repeat itself and not disappear and I could fully delve into the full details of that image. I don’t know but “Infinity Mirror” was one of my most favorite exhibition of all time.

For me, I enjoy going to The Broad compared to other museums such as The Getty or LACMA. I prefer contemporary art than realist and impressionist paintings. I mean it’s great to see paintings about real life but I see real life through my eyes. So it’s not that significant to me. However, with contemporary art, I feel like you can go further and push the boundary of creativity. That’s just my opinion though. I’m not saying I’m knowledgable about art (I slept through art history classes back in OTIS…) but for me, I’m able to better connect with art that is more of my style. Yes, there are many modern artworks that are very questionable and you think “Is this really art or a joke?” but if you look through to find the real jewel, then I think it’s worth it.

My friends met up at my house to carpool in my car and of course, everyone was late. Nahyun didn’t keep her promise of coming at 10:29am and instead she came at 10:40 but she was the first one to arrive. Ssang came 10 minutes later and we were all waiting for the last person to come, Zoey. I started to get impatient since our appointed time was 11:30 am. We waited for 10 minutes that turned into 20 that turned into 30. Then we caught her car and she tried to parallel park but it was painstakingly to watch. She kept on going back and forth but she always came back to the same spot. The minutes were ticking and I couldn’t bear to watch it any longer. I got out of my car and offered my help. FINALLY, we were able to leave.

Thankfully, we were able to get in even though we were 20 minutes late. We immediately walked to the Infinity Room signup and it said it was going to take a WHOPPING 3 HOURS AND 45 MINUTES. See, I told you that this was The Broad’s popular artwork. Anyways, we rode the escalator up to see the artworks. Everything was familiar to me so I just chilled while the others were looking around. As I was walking, I came upon a new Yayoi Kusama’s artwork, Longing For Eternity. People were already waiting in line to put their face inside the glass encased box. I hurriedly gathered everyone so we could check out the new art piece. It was similar to the one I experienced at “The Infinity Mirror” exhibition where you the lights are reflected on the mirrors and they just continue on forever. It kind of reminded me of the 70s for some reason like the disco era. Maybe it was because of the lights.

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The facade of the museum kind of resembles Swiss cheese…. I love Swiss cheese LOL

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The photographer of the group taking a photo of Ssang
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Nahyun must be in distress LOL
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Yayoi Kusama’s Longing for Eternity

We were getting hungry and we had 3 more hours left until we were able to go into the Infinity Room so we decided to go eat lunch first and then come back. We took an Uber to Marugame Monzo (which you can read about here) and ate their famous cream udon. At the end of our lunch, the wait time for the Infinity Room went from 3 hours to 45 minutes. A lot of people give up waiting for their chance to see the Infinity Room but we were different. We had the resilience and the intelligence to go to lunch first and then go back for our turn LOL. We took the Uber back to The Broad and waited in a small line to individually go into the Infinity Room.

My turn finally came and I stepped into a dark room full of surrounding mirrors and on the bottom, there was water surrounding me. There were beautiful colorful lights hanging from the ceiling. The reflection from the mirror and water made it seem like the lights continued on forever. It really was a very breathtaking and magical moment.

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After our adventure to The Broad was over, we started a new adventure to The Last Bookstore. I was surprised to find that there was a lot of people in the bookstore during the day. But then again, The Last Bookstore is one of the places you MUST visit when you’re traveling to LA like how you must visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland. Like The Broad, this wasn’t my first time coming here. I came here few years back during late night and it was pretty empty for the most part. But when we went, there was a huge line to take photos at the book tunnel. When I was taking photos for Nahyun and Zoey, I didn’t give them a chance to look pretty and pose since there was huge crowd waiting behind me. It was like “SNAP SNAP SNAP OK WE’RE GOOD LESGO.” Other than the huge book tunnel, there’s really not much to do at the place unless you’re an avid bookworm. Then you’ll love it there. They have a huge variety of new books downstairs and if you go upstairs, you’ll find used books but I’m pretty sure you could find a gem in there. By the end of the day, we were so pooped out and ready to go home. I literally knocked out for 6 hours as soon as I came home. Guess I’m not as young as I used to be…

 

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