Aba and I took the girls to LACMA yesterday. He hasn't been with us at a museum in a while and this was the first time he saw them at work with their art journals. We headed straight to the Broad Contemporary Art Museum's third floor. If you haven't seen it, this is the perfect place for children. Bright colors, abstract images and every items combined in new ways.
The girls were enthralled with Jeff Koons' works. Especially liking Balloon Dog (Blue), Cracked Egg (red), Catterpillar Ladder and Chainlink.
As we walked through the abstract pieces we talked about what abstract art meant and what we saw and what the artist might have meant when he gave the piece its name. Aba thought it was a bit advanced for them, but they caught the reversed colors of one rainbow and thought that it was dark and raining in spring when one piece (a panel of various shades black) was made. My goal with this is thatjust zoom through museums and also appreciate that a drawing doesn't have to be look like a photograph to be appreciated.
We then went down to the first floor and the girls were able to run around, through and inside the sculture Exploring Sequence by Richard Herra.
Finally we hoofed it over to the Boone Children's gallery for Korean brush painting.
In my opinion this is one of the most child-friendly art museums we've been to. They are open to noise and activity and the only time a docent has approached us what when Thing 1 sat against a piece's pedastel while drawing. At times it is tempting for them to touch (heck, its tempting for me to touch) but even when they do the docents are friendly and non-reproachful.