Even with midterms in anticipation for Spring Break, there are still many fun ways to take a break from studying and see what Los Angeles can offer. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosts a College Night where all students from any university can come to see special exhibits and meet new people.
Of course there was a strong USC presence at the event, but nonetheless students ranging from freshman to senior were present! LACMA served small appetizers like mashed potatoes and drinks. It was unusual because the mashed potatoes were served in martini glasses and we were given the option of customizing our toppings. I never attended an event that served all you can eat mashed potatoes with an assortment of toppings such as peas, bacon, gravy, etc!
We then walked around the main entrance visiting each activity station. In the first station we took photos of light playing off different objects. Depending on the angle it was neat to see how the shadows could be manipulated and perceived. Often times, a camera would not do the scene justice! The next station involved filtering light and changing photos different colors. We took colored film and placed it over the camera to see how it would affect the picture. Essentially we created our own Instagram filter #nofilter.
The exhibits were of the vintage variety, showing pictures from early in the 20th Century. It was amazing to see the quality of the pictures and the candidness considering how much more difficult it was to capture a photo. In some of the pictures, I recognized some of the locations! I had not realized how much the landscape had changed with many of the places becoming more urban, now with homes and highways. The next exhibit involved sculptures hanging in perfect balance. I personally liked the abstract nature of these pieces of art because it lets the imagination flow and allows everyone to express their own opinion. At each sculpture we would try and guess the name or title of it before reading the description. I have no shame in admitting I did not get a single one correct, but it just goes to show that everyone sees beauty in a different way. Especially in art. Even though this was only for one night, I would recommend visiting LACMA when you have the chance. It is a beautiful venue. Of course it would not be complete if we did not take a photo with the iconic LAMCA lights!