Metropolis II Exhibit at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

by Lee Rose Emery

This post about LACMA’S  Metropolis II Exhibit just in from LACityMom editor, Beth, and sounds like  a great weekend activity:

My boys have never been the art museum types, so I was really thrilled to find that LACMA has a few exhibits that are sure to please even the most discerning of critics.

“Metropolis II” is a kinetic sculpture by artist Chris Burden with trains, trolleys, and moving cars that race through ribbons of streets giving the frenetic feel of a bustling city.  The cars are fed toward the top of the exhibit on three motorized conveyor belts before being sent racing downward roller-coaster style, at the equivalent 100,000 cars an hour, according to the museum’s site.  It is mesmerizing, and fun to spot familiar materials used.  See if you can find the Lincoln Log structure which is near the Lego structure, which is near numerous buildings made of wooden blocks.

And if your little ones are not content sitting and staring at it close up, the space has a second-floor observation platform.  It’s housed in the Broad Contemporary Art Museum on LACMA’s campus, which is a stone’s throw from the elevators to the newish underground parking structure off of Sixth Street, just east of Fairfax.

We also stumbled upon the outdoor exhibit, “Penetrable,” by Jesus Rafael Soto, which can also be described as “giant hanging spaghetti” — perfect to run through for a very tactile experience.

And of course, there’s “Levitated Mass,” by Michael Helzer.  It’s a 340-ton granite rock suspended over a recessed walkway. I think part of the success of our recent visit was that my kids never felt confined.   I was happy for the good-Mommy enrichment of the day, but they were happy just enjoying so much outdoor space. The complex also has a children’s art studio, the Boone Children’s Gallery, in the Hammer Building, where kids and adults can paint their fill.

Other than the $10 parking fee, admission is complimentary for kids, and for one adult per child who is part of the Nexgen program. The program is free for children under 17.
The museum is closed Wednesday, and the “Metropolis II” exhibit is currently only run on weekends, though it is open the rest of the week.

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