Last Saturday, we were killing time, waiting for the JANM to open at 11 for George Takei’s exhibit. We wandered south on Central, looking for Groundworks Coffee on Traction Avenue, an obscure slanting street connecting 3rd street and 4th Street Place, when ohhh myyyy! We stumbled into the Arts District with buildings and walls covered with images, portraits, color.
Then on Thursday, we drove to the old Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, now rehabilitated as the Marciano Art Foundation Museum. Although admission is free, we did have to make reservations and get “tickets” … that were very carefully examined before we were allowed to enter the nearly empty parking lot.
I was gently surprised to find a museum staff tolerant of photographers and questions and a ten page guide to the exhibits. It was an entertaining visit, replete with political and classical references, familiar pop culture themes, humor.
Curator Philip Kaiser and artist Jim Shaw fully exploited the spacious rooms, creating a cartoon world for wandering and wondering.