Monday, November 16, 2009

#69: The Armory Center for the Arts

Rainbow In The Sky

A crocodile ottoman, a giant pork rind, and a room filled with numbered feathers falling from the sky are just a few of the modern art pieces displayed at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

Usually when I go to an art exhibit, this is what goes on in my head:

oooh perrty!



So when my friend Laura who is in art school right now decided to teach me a thing or two about art appreciation, I was so thankful. The biggest tip she had was to ask a lot of questions and see things from the artist's perspective. For example, "Why is there just the skeleton of a canoe hanging from the wall and not a fully made one?" "Why is this a red candle and not an orange one?" or "Was this humongous tapestry made by hand or a machine?". It's the details that make a world of difference.

The Armory Center is free, and it also features installations around Pasadena. We caught the last day of the Rainbow In The Sky exhibit a few blocks down. This museum is a hidden gem in the heart of Pasadena. They also offer adult and children classes in various arts including photography, ceramics and print making.

Crocodile Ottoman
Feathers from the Sky

Giant Pork Rind

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