Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Caves, Photos and More

Getty Walkway
Getty Walkway

I've had a lovely birthday week that included adventures with friends.  We went to the Getty Center, a favorite birthday haunt.  Some tremendous exhibits now on, including the fascinating Cave Temples of Dunhuang which is open through September 4, 2016. 

On the edge of the Gobi Desert, near the ancient town of Dunhuang, China, hundreds of cave temples were carved into a cliff face and decorated with Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures from the 4th through 14th century.

Cave Temples of Dunhuang
Cave temple detail

Besides the gallery exhibition, there is a 3-D immersive film experience, and  a 1:1 replica of 3 caves (wonderful way to get a sense of the caves).  All excellent filled with rich visuals and information.  This exhibit highlights over 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to protect and conserve the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Worlds apart from Buddhist caves are these extensive current photo exhibits-  Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium  and The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection open until July 31, 2016.  Mapplethorpe's work is sometimes controversial, however there is no doubt in my mind that he had an impeccable eye for light, tension and composition.  Loved his flower photos!  If you want an education in the history of photography, see the Wagstaff collection.  Each exhibit needs time properly absorb it!  I aim to visit all these exhibits again before they close.

Another adventure this week was a long overdue visit to the Griffith Park Observatory.  Enjoy the photos.

Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory entrance

Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory roof detail

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