Monday, June 6, 2016

Extra Credit Event 1

Tar Pit Treasures
June 6, 2016: Tour of the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
On June 6, 2016, I was able to check another museum off my Los Angeles bucket list in finally seeing one of Los Angeles's most unique museums, the La Brea Tar Pits. The La Brea Tar Pits centers around the fact that 11,000 years ago, Los Angeles was full of exotic wildlife. Fossils have been captured by the La Brea Tar Pits, giving way to the creation of this museum. Natural asphalt, also known as tar, has seeped up from the ground in this specific area, and many animals have gotten trapped over thousands of years beneath the tar. The tar almost perfectly preserves their bones, allowing the museum to feature these historic artifacts. 

Animated Timeline

The museum features an animated, 3D timeline that represents 2,000 years of history, from 38,000 years ago until the present day. The top part of the timeline showed the events and animals most popular in the La Brea area during that time, while the bottom portion shows the major developments in man's history during that time. The part that I found most interesting on the timeline that also related to our class was the innovations that occurred in Greece 4,000 years ago. I am referring to the creation of architecture. Architecture is something we focused on during Week 2 of class, while discussing the important of math with art. The Temple of Zeus was one of the first to use math in architecture in order to create large temples. 

Experience the Tar
There was also a very cool invention within the museum, which allowed for a more interactive experience. It allowed museum guests to pull up on a lever that was filled with tar in order to feel how hard it would be to escape a tar pit. This explains how so many animals became trapped in the tar, and thus have been preserved throughout the years. The use of technology to explain history is helpful in understanding how things occurred. Technology has been a dominant focus in our class. 


Finally, the La Brea Tar Pits also implemented great amounts of science into their museum, specifically with their built-in laboratory. This laboratory is used to reconstruct the fossils that get discovered. Reconstructing these fossils to form the structure of the animal that once existed is an art form. These pieces of art get put on display for all that visit the museum to see. The laboratory does experiments with these fossils to discover at what point this fossil was once alive. 
Proof of Attendance

This museum was fascinating in that it demonstrated a piece of Los Angeles history that you would never knew existed. It takes away from all the glitz and glamour of LA to feature a pit that is stinky, gooey and full of history. I would definitely recommend this museum, as it embodies art, science, math and technology. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Event 3

How Do You Shine?
June 1, 2016: Culture Club at Zimmer Children's Museum

On June 1, 2016, I was able to experience a trip to a museum I never imagined I would go to. I just learned that this museum existed a couple weeks ago, when my boss at work said she attended a gala there. She explained to me the exclusive feeling of the museum and how it was the most interactive museum she had ever been to. I thought this would be perfect for our class, where we have been exploring how technology and science relate to art. 
Green Screen Technology
This museum was nothing like I had ever seen before. It's secrecy within the Jewish Confederation building hides it within the Beverly Hills community. You have to go through security to get into the museum, and the only reason I was allowed to get into the museum without an appointment was because of my boss's connections to the museum. I was able to attend the Culture Club and receive a private, interactive touring experience where I was able to explore and observe all of the technology and art pieces. 

My favorite exhibit was the "How Do You Shine," which is a play on empowering children to show off their creativity. It features neon lights, and allows you to interact with the lights while they change colors. It's essentially like walking into a photo booth full of light. This explores the use of science, specifically electricity, to create neon art. 

There was an exhibit that allows guests to experience green screen technology, an innovation that has changed the world, especially the entertainment industry in which I work in. This allows you to see yourself with any background of your choice, whether that be a forest, an ocean, a safari or space. This focuses on creativity; you get to use your imagination to create different art pieces or self portraits of yourself with different backgrounds each time. This use of technology is incredible in changing the legitimacy of images.

Ice Cream Shop
The museum features a small airplane, where children can sit inside and feel like they're flying. Aviation has forever changed transportation and has been one of the greatest inventions of all time. Aviation is popular in many museums, as I also saw it highlighted during my museum experience at the LA Natural History Museum. Aviation is an art form in itself because of the tedious work that goes into making aircrafts. Not only that, but the art of flying contains such grace. It fascinates me, and I loved seeing children getting into the airplane and feeling inspired.

Proof of Attendance
I would highly recommend this museum to anyone that is interested specifically with art, science and technology combined. Out of all of the museums I have attended for this class, I would say that this one was surprisingly the most fitting. It is inspiring, and I love how it gets children thinking about science and art together at such a young age. This reminds me of our first week of class where we learned about the tendency for people to choose between the two cultures. However, this museum explores both art and science, allowing children to see how magical innovations are when they combine the two cultures.