art in the streets

** warning: photo heavy **

a couple of weeks ago, i went to the “art in the streets” exhibition at the geffen contemporary at the museum of contemporary art (moca) in little tokyo, los angeles.  i think the exhibit had already been running for 2 weeks so i was surprised that there was a lengthy line to get in–last time i was here for murakami i don’t think it garnered crowds of this size.  interestingly, shepard fairey, one of the street artists exhibiting and famous for obey clothing and his obama campaign posters, was there and showing actor john krasinki, who plays jim halpert on “the office”, around.

i have to admit that although i was looking forward to visiting, the exhibit completely blew me away–it’s the coolest.  ever.  as much as i’m dying to go to the “savage beauty: alexander mcqueen” exhibit that i won’t shut up about, i doubt that it’ll top this–although they’re very different.

what was so great and cool about the exhibit?  well for one thing, there’s just so much to see and it’s pretty big.  it was bigger than the murakami exhibit because they opened up another wing.  even though i already saw the exhibit, i already knew i wanted to come back another time and look more carefully.  there are so many different artists, covering different styles and time periods.  it’s really a very fun exhibit because of the nature of street art (art for everyone, in an accessible environment) and there were some installations that were setup in really creative, interactive ways–like the drum kit and guitar set, the skate ramp, and the “manhattan” microcosm.  i don’t claim to know anything about street art and i still don’t even know most of the artists that participated but i really enjoyed it nonetheless, and highly recommend it to anyone (yes, anyone!).

it’s funny that i took more photos here during my one-t0-two-hour visit here than i did during my 10-day trip to chicago, new york, and philadelphia.

art in the streets @ the geffen contemporary at moca

i really love this one

this is the line...mid-way through

my first invader sighting

"i see you...invader!"

shepard fairey with his daughter climbing onto him

john krasinski / jim halpert, the cool kid with the sunglasses on to the right

engage yourself with the art

"wow", indeed

i like this keith haring car

photos documenting all the tagged subway cars that no longer exist

i love how clever and witty he is

kneel in the house of banksy

it's like i'm back in new york

swoon's piece made me swoon

enter through the gift shop

andré

shepard fairey, obey, moca, art in the streets, street art, graffiti, geffen contemporary

2008: shepard fairey creates obama's iconic "hope" campaign poster

2001: fashion meets art with the louis vuitton x stephen sprouse collab

mister cartoon

os gêmeos

hello shepard fairey and john krasinski...we meet again

jean-michel basquiat

i thought the rammellzee battle station was really fun

kenny scharf

love how he subtly "invaded" the exhibition

what also made it really cool was the levi’s film workshop:

green screen effects

these guys were playing with the green screen, you can see what background shows up on the tv on the left

stop-motion animation station

the actual "adaptation" script written by charlie & donald kaufman

this week, i received an invitation to the premiere of outside in: the story of art in the streets, which is a film by alex stapleton in conjuction with the levi’s film workshop about the “art in the streets” exhibition.  the premiere was held at the historic egyptian theater in hollywood, followed by a q&a with the director, and an after party deejayed by shepard fairey, himself.

the doors opened at 7 pm, but after leaving work in irvine with my coworker, traffic, and making a pit stop to drop off his car at my house, we didn’t make it there until close to 8 pm, when the screening was supposed to start.  i had rsvp-ed ahead of time, but it was first come first serve and there was a long line.  and we didn’t get in!  but they said that they decided to have a second screening after the first at 9:30 pm if people wanted to come back…but it would be taking place at the same time as the after party.

so i had a dilemma: did i want to watch the screening for which we drove all the way out here for, or did i want to go to the after party with guest dj shepard fairey?  hm…i want to do both!  as we deliberated over some less-than-savory italian food nearby, i decided to go to the screening in hopes that we could catch the tail end of the after party.

we got back to the theater at around 9:20 and there were some people already lined up; we were toward the front of the line this time.  not too long after, people from the premiere were let out and the after party started with shepard fairey at the turn tables.  shepard fairey is a talented street artist, enterprising business man, father…and a horrible dj.  he was terrible, really.  after only 2 songs, we agreed that we had made the right choice to prioritize the screening over the party and that even if the party was still going on after we got out, we wouldn’t stay for long.

i’m really glad we went to the screening.  i don’t think it’ll be too accessible elsewhere and we also saw two trailers that were made at the levi’s film workshop prior to outside in.  watching outside in made me realize how much there was still left at the exhibit that i hadn’t seen and missed on my first trip and solidified my feelings of what an incredible installation it was.  i was definitely motivated to make another trip back.  it was pretty short…only about 45 minutes or so with the other 2 short trailers.

here’s the trailer for outside in: the story of art in the streets:

the documentary also showed the street artists’ points of view vs. law enforcement’s.  i can see both sides, although i think the punishment is pretty extreme for the crime.  i think you can get 7 months of prison or something like that.  2 of the artists that were part of the exhibition were detained and one of them is still serving time.

and it was interesting to hear how big street art is.  apparently it’s the largest art movement ever (or since pop art)…that’s huge!

the party was still going on, so we stuck around for a little bit to take a photo and drink some of the complimentary drinks from izze (have i told you that izze rocks?).

dj shepard fairey @ outside in

a better photo stolen from hypebeast

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savage beauty extended to august 7th

the “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” exhibit has been such a smash hit for the met that they’ve extended the end date from july 31st to august 7th.  and they’re also only opening the exhibit on mondays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, when the rest of the museum is closed (for those willing to fork out an extra $50).

on opening day, about 5,100 people visited the exhibit and the museum was forced to suspend guided tours due to the crowd volume.  this was the most trafficked opening day for any exhibit in the museum’s history since it opened in 2005.

even with the extension, i doubt i’ll ever be able to the exhibit since i was just in nyc and just missed the opening.  thankfully, my friends bought the book for me for my birthday (thanks again!  this book’s actually sold out on amazon right now!).  i can’t wait to read it…you know, once i’m done studying and taking the gmat…

i haven’t taken it out of the shrink wrap yet but it’s pretty cool because it has a holographic cover.

also, alexander mcqueen has begun pre-saling for their first cut (40% off) of spring 2011 collection.  i already asked about the scarf i so desperately want, but since it’s limited edition, it won’t be included.  they said it’s only selling while the exhibit’s up and then any excess inventory after would be shipped to the met. =(  i’m considering getting it anyways but it’s so expensive…

cheers to the unwed + childless

i was going through my google reader and read this post from the frisky and it resonated with me strongly, particularly because i have no plans to have kids.  sometimes i even wonder if i even want to get married at all so if i never get married or have kids, what milestones can i celebrate besides my birthday?  everyone has a birthday–what’s more unique and special to my life?  it seems like post-graduation celebrations are all about family life: marriage, children, anniversaries, etc.

there’s a trade-off to everything…when you attend a wedding, you’re expected to buy a gift for the happy couple that’s about the same price as the cost of your meal at the reception.  and the bridal showers, baby showers, wedding presents, etc. are given with the understanding that someday these will be repaid to you when you get to that point in your life…but what if you never do these things?

and please don’t feel pity for these people.  maybe they are “unfortunate” and have not met the right person or don’t have properly functioning reproductive systems, but…maybe that’s just what they envisioned and planned.  what’s wrong with that?  marriage and children aren’t for everyone.

i feel horrible for even referencing that episode of sex & the city where carrie’s manolo blahniks are stolen at her friend’s baby shower or whatever, but i do empathize with her character in that situation.

i recently turned 27 and the number makes me feel old but i feel like it hasn’t been that long since i graduated college, or that i’m even really that old…on the inside.  my high school reunion will be next year and when i was in high school, i always pictured this moment as when i’m “old” and married and people would have kids and be pretty far along in their careers.  but now that it’s almost here…far in the career?  we’re just getting started!  and married with kids?  yea, there are some people already there or almost there, but i don’t want it just yet and i feel like it’ll still be a while before i do.

so for all the unwed, childless women out there–and who are, more importantly, completely fine with that–cheers to you.

and on a somewhat unrelated tangent…i was examining my split ends today and noticed a white hair.  it’s been a long time since i’ve spotted one so i pulled it out.  turns out it was only white at the ends and the root was my original color–actually, only about 30% of it was white.  and since my hair’s pretty long, that means that it was white like 4 years ago–means i pulled that hair out for no reason and that it probably turned white from stress or something 4 years ago.

sale | catherine malandrino

when
now – friday (5.28):  12 pm – 6 pm

where
651-653 n. la cienega blvd.
los angeles, ca 90069
310.358.0895

one of my favorite clothing brands, catherine malandrino, is currently having a sale of up to 40% off a large selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories.  the sale started last friday and continues until this friday (5/28).

you won’t be seeing me there though…40% isn’t enough of a discount for it to fall into my affordable range, plus i should be studying.

friends + family | too faced

too faced cosmetics is having their friends and family sale–20% off sitewide plus free shipping with code “FF2011S”.  the sale ends this thursday (5/26).

never stay at planet hollywood vegas

so i recently took my mom to las vegas for mother’s day/her birthday since she hasn’t been to las vegas in about 10 years or so and the strip looks pretty different now then it did the last time she was there.  i found a pretty good deal at planet hollywood and had never stayed there, but it was such a bad experience that i had to blog about it.  the last time i was in vegas, i stayed at the cosmopolitan and while it was bad enough to prompt my boyfriend to write a bad review for it on yelp and tripadvisor, i wasn’t too upset and would give it another chance.  but planet hollywood was terrible and i’m inclined to never stay at any harrah’s/caesar’s properties again.  how could they have messed up so badly?  let me count the ways.

  1. when we checked-in, their computers were down and they couldn’t issue any room keys so we had to wait forever (keep in mind that we had a show to catch in about an hour…there was a couple in front of me that canceled their reservation and looked for a different hotel)
  2. the room needs to be renovated as it’s pretty worn out…but i didn’t hold it against them
  3. there weren’t that many lights in the room, one of them needed its bulb replaced
  4. there was no mini fridge…not a big deal for me, but my mom wanted to refrigerate something.  i was pretty surprised by this…how ever will they rip off their customers?
  5. the speakerphone on our phone was broken
  6. the tv’s sound kept going in/out
  7. whenever my mom called housekeeping/front desk, they put her on hold for a very long time and sometimes even hung up on her!
  8. we were locked out of our rooms when both our keys wouldn’t work
  9. i tried to use the phone by the elevators about this problem, but it was broken
  10. i went down and waited in line for the front desk to get the problem fixed, and was given an attitude by the woman helping me.  she told me that the cards had been demagnetized, that’s why they weren’t working, and not to keep them near other credit cards or cell phones
  11. holding the key cards in my hand the entire time, i go upstairs and they still don’t work
  12. pretty pissed by this point, i come back down and the line is much longer.  i tell the guy working that i would like to speak to the manager
  13. the manager makes me wait for a very long time (i think he was on a phone call)
  14. i tell him that our experience at the hotel has been rather unpleasant and he offers to give me 50% off one night’s rate.  this isn’t too much since i had booked the deal at a very affordable rate and when i ask if this is the best he can do and he says yes, i accept
  15. we ask for an escort to our room to make sure the keys work because i do not want to come back down a third time and he’s kind enough to arrange technicians to make sure we get in ok
  16. since i had already paid in full when i booked the hotel, i asked if i’d be credited on my card and he says yes.
  17. throughout this experience, i am most offended that the woman i spoke with, and especially the manager, never apologized.  when you work in hospitality, service should be a top priority and even if it’s not your fault directly, you can still say something like “i’m sorry that happened, let me see what i can do”
  18. the vending machine on our floor ate my mom’s money then broke
  19. this trip was about a week and a half ago and i realized yesterday that i had not seen my credit card credited yet
  20. i had to call them today to have it processed

i don’t know…am i expecting too much?  have i been spoiled by nicer hotels?  i know this isn’t a five-star hotel, but it’s still supposed to be pretty decent, and i would think that the level of service should be better.  i don’t think i’m asking for too much…i’ve stayed at nicer hotels, but i’ve also stayed at worse ones and never had these kinds of problems.  this has been the worst stay and hotel service i’ve experienced so far, and i hope it stays that way.

i will never stay at planet hollywood again, and i have my doubts for the rest of the brand now.

the china comic & animation museum (ccam)

i saw renderings of and was pretty excited for the china comic and animation museum (ccam) but i didn’t realize that china is hoping to overtake the u.s.  in animation.  whoa whoa, china…a little ambitious trying to transform hangzhou into the animation capital of the world.

the best animation studios and histories are from the u.s., but even still, let’s not forget japan and korea.  a lot of animation is currently outsourced but none of these studios are getting acclaim for the work they’re producing, because well…it’s not really theirs to own.  if they want to be true animation masters, that means more than the technical animation–it means they have to be master storytellers, because that’s the real key (i.e. pixar, disney in the “golden age”).  most entertainment globally is still coming from hollywood/the u.s., i’m not sure how china plans on breaking this–even bollywood hasn’t done it and it’s been doing it for a lot longer.

but in any case, the museum designed by mvrdv still looks amazing and i hope to visit some day…especially since i’ve never really been to china.

mvrdv designed the buildings to look like 3d speech/thought bubbles…cute right?

for more information on the museum and how spending $130 million may not be the best way to stimulate china’s economy, read fast company design‘s piece on the subject.

free mba application writing class by mbamission

this is an amazing opportunity and makes me wish again that i lived in chicago or nyc.

leading mba admissions consulting firm mbamission is starting an mba admissions writing class for free.  well, you have to pay a $275 deposit but you’ll refunded at the end–provided you attend all the classes and complete the course homework and feedback.

mba admissions consulting is very expensive, so having a 6-week class with the founder jeremy shinewald and one of their top consultants angela guido is a great offer.  the only reason it’s free right now is probably because they’re still developing it and will make changes based on this initial test class.

the class dates:

new york
tuesdays
6/07, 6/14, 6/21, 7/05, 7/12, 7/19
6:30 – 9:30 pm

chicago
wednesdays
6/08, 6/15, 6/22, 7/06, 7/13, 7/20
6:30 – 9:30 pm

the deadline to apply is may 27th and there are only 10-20 slots so you best be quick.  for more info, visit mbamission.

warehouse sale | splendid + ella moss 6.03.11 – 6.04.11

when
friday (6.03) & saturday (6.04): 9 am – 4 pm

where
cooper building
11th floor
860 s. los angeles street
los angeles, ca 90014

the bi-annual warehouse sale will have new merchandise delivered daily from splendid, ella moss, splendid mills, ella moss girl, splendid girl, little ella, and splendid littles.