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Read on to hear more about LA and why our very special partner, Weatherspoon Art Museum, means this trip will not just be any trip to LA but an art-filled full-emersion experience .
I have special fondness for trips done in partnership with UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum. Long before Studio Traveler, the museum was an important part of our lives during our time in Greensboro, acting as our center of gravity in many ways. The excitement, quality and depth of the exhibitions drew us in. The relationships that we made through the museum with both staff and patrons became just as dear to us. Then Studio Traveler came along and with it the start of a new professional partnership with WAM. The very first trip I ever led was with the museum—Chicago in 2012. Two years later, Studio Traveler’s first international trip was once again with Weatherspoon—Venice for the Biennale in 2014.
Who wouldn’t love a place that has added this much richness to one’s life?
…and I am pleased to say this happy relationship continues despite the physical distance that now separates us. This time Weatherspoon and Studio Traveler are off in LA. That marvelous city, so full of surprises, energy and most all bursting, brimming, overflowing with contemporary art.
…and read on for Weatherspoon Director Nancy Doll’s thoughts on ‘Why L.A.’…
Why L.A.? Why Not?
Los Angeles is rapidly giving New York a run for its money in terms of influential artists, galleries, museums, and collectors. Edgy, scholarly, and inspiring exhibitions can be found across the city -- from the Museum of Contemporary Art to the L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Hammer and Fowler museums at UCLA.
A number of long-time New York galleries have either moved to Los Angeles or opened second homes there. Mixed in are upstart galleries in Chinatown and Culver City, and La Brea Avenue is seeing a kind of renaissance of art venues.
While the art scene may not be reviewed in the depth that New York’s does, the Los Angeles Times does a respectable job and NY Times writers such as Holland Cotter regularly fly west to let “the rest of world” know what’s happening there.
In short, Los Angeles is no longer the art world’s “Second City.”
N.D. OCTOBER 2018