Los Angeles and Radiating Outward into a Global Reach…

“Los Angeles, it should be understood, is not a mere city. On the contrary, it is, and has been since 1888, a commodity; something to be advertised and sold to the people of the United States like automobiles, cigarettes, and mouth wash.” (Morrow Mayo)

As we turn our gaze to the start of the Fall 2020 semester, in the continuing wake of COVID-19 and necessity of remote learning, the context of this class on Topics of Contemporary Architecture/Art, will be responding to the layers and tendrils of contemporary life in the third decade of the 21st century. There is a growing suspicion that after COVID-19 is behind us, we will actually not go back to what we perceived as “Normal”. More and more it appears that the “Normal” that was January/February 2020 has changed and will be different from here on out into the unknown.

The city of Los Angeles was “founded” by the Spanish governor Felipe de Neve on September 4, 1781. The land that encompasses Los Angeles was originally home to the Chumash and Tongva indigenous peoples. In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claimed the land for Spain. As of 2016 census, Los Angeles is the second-most populous city (behind NYC) and third-most populous city in North America (behind NYC and Mexico City).

Los Angeles is known in Popular Culture as the “Creative Capital of the World”! The city holds that title because one in every six residents of Los Angeles are engaged in the creative industry. We will examine the creativity, diversity, and broad range of professional fields of aesthetic expression that separates and continues to brand Los Angeles as a cultural hub in the post WWII era to the present time in the 21st century.

 “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger)

As we begin to enter into an analysis of Los Angeles architecture and art, what are your thoughts of this city? For those of you who have spent time in Los Angeles, what are your memories of this place? For those of you who have yet to spend time in Los Angeles, what do you imagine this city to be?

Los Angeles, California

Published by: roberttracyphd

Academic professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I teach theory courses in Art and Architecture History. In addition, I also curate exhibitions on campus as well as in other venues nationally and internationally.

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44 thoughts on “Los Angeles and Radiating Outward into a Global Reach…”

  1. I was born in Watts, Los Angeles and moved from there at 14 years old (26 now). So of course I lived near the popular Watts Towers. Majority of my family still resides in LA and I still go when I can. I have so many memories about LA. I remember for field trips in elementary they would take us to the DT library and you get to see all of these skyscrapers and how oddly shaped some of them were it was like being amazed. When it comes to the ART aspect of the city I think its wonderful. They have fashion districts and all of that stuff and people are extremely creative.

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  2. As some who hasn’t spent much time in Los Angeles (only for short visits), my main view of Los Angeles is from a creative standpoint; many of my art professors are constantly talking about how LA is a great source to consume art. I see Los Angeles as a hot spot for art, architecture, film, etc. I see it as a place where many creatives choose to gather in because its culminated this environment where new and experimental ideas are accepted. It pushes art culture forward.
    Aside from looking at it with an artist perspective, I also see Los Angeles as a source of the gentrification of Southern California cities. While new and contemporary is great in some aspects, this also pushes for new and contemporary living, meaning higher cost living. I feel like this is what makes living in LA difficult for many trying to keep up with the living cost.

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  3. Hello everyone! I’m the MFA student enrolled in this course.

    I’ve only been to Los Angeles once. It was a pretty typical tourist trip with visits to Hollywood Boulevard, the New Beverly Theater, and the Getty Museum (which was beautiful).

    I saw the documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself soon after my trip, and it really influenced the way I think about LA. It uses clips from the countless Hollywood movies about Los Angeles to critique and complicate the way the film industry portrays the city. While the demographics of Los Angeles are majority working class people of color, the documentary argues that past film portrayals have tended to either ignore this fact or use it as racist fodder for fear-mongering depictions of gang violence. The city’s vibrant, diverse cultures and communities are often ignored in the media discourse.

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  4. My thoughts of Los Angeles are that it is a massive city that, in many forms, fuels creative minds. Ignoring art in the sense of painting and sculpture, Los Angeles is still full of art in many ways from movie and theater productions, music, streaming individuals, cuisines, and of course, architecture. I do not know enough of LA’s or LV’s histories to speak of their developments economically, culturally, or fiscal.
    However, I have stayed in Los Angeles a few times, the most recent for the King Tut exhibition, although I was on vacation, which makes everything better, I fell in love with the city. It is busier than Las Vegas, and it somehow has more difficult traffic and drivers, but it has an atmosphere about it that makes the city feel alive. I think one of my favorite memories is when we walked from our hotel to a Whole Foods down the street. In the half-mile or less to Whole Foods, we passed restaurant after restaurant from all different cultures. I am a picky eater, and my sister is vegan, so it’s pretty hard for my parents to find places for us to eat out, and we found one after another, we ended up eating at four restaurants in one night. I still have a love for Vegas from when I first moved here four years ago, but I think because tourism is the primary focus of our city, Las Vegas’s art district has just too much to compete with. While cities like LA’s arts districts don’t have to compete with the flash and lights of the strip, they can more accessibly fuel artists in the community to create.

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  5. Hello class,
    My name is Maria Dos Santos and I am a second year Master of Architecture student!

    My first memory of Los Angeles was when I was nine years old. I had moved to Las Vegas the year before from Brazil and I always felt like there was something missing in Las Vegas (mainly because LV is way smaller and suburban than my hometown). When I got the opportunity to go to Los Angeles, I was so excited! It was everything I hoped and more. I loved seeing the big city, with its skyscrapers and busy streets. I loved the diversity, the sense of culture and the architecture I had never seen before. The excitement that LA brought to me as a child reminded me of home. Ever since then, I have been to LA many more times than I can count. Every time presents new experiences and although it might not be my favorite city like it was when I was a child, LA will always be special to me. Over the years, through my years in architecture school, I have learned about so many wonderful buildings, architects, designers, artist in LA that I can’t help by feeling inspired by it all. I’ll end this post with mentioning some of my favorite Case Study Houses, the Stahl House and the Eames House!

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  6. Hello everybody,

    I’m one of MArch students enrolled in the course. My earliest memory of Los Angeles is going there for summer vacations as a family to get out of the Vegas desert. Since then I’ve been back a couple times every year. The context and landscapes in the area and suburbs are what I believe sparked some of my interest in architecture and creativity. One of my fond memories as a kid was a visit to the Griffith Observatory and all of its views and natural landscapes that frame really the entire city. Since then I became intrigued by architecture and fascinated by the broad amount of art and architecture that have phased in and out across era’s in the city. From Irving Gill’s ahead of his time modernism, to Frank Gehry’s stylistic approaches, LA has been fortunate to live through creative wonders. I also enjoy the fact that Los Angeles as a city seems to employ art and architecture as aspects that live together, something that isn’t seen in other cities. This can be seen its diverse population and the many museum’s across town including one of my favorites, LACMA.

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  7. I’ve only spent most of my time in Los Angles as a kid, visiting family or amusement parks. I haven’t been able to explore the city with an open minded of art. Ive been wanting to visit museums and historical places of fine art. Im especially interested exploring Downtown LA for its hispanic culture. Ive herd from family and friends, “its like almost like visiting a town in Mexico”. Along with great amount of talented musicans!

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  8. In recent years I have visited Los Angeles through academic trips to see the architecture and the popular art culture the professors often mention. As an architecture student, I have experienced the new exploratory ideas in LA that challenged me to intellectually think more creatively of designs that involve affordable housing, sustainability, and adaptive reuse of buildings. The memories that stand out when I think of LA are those of the museums I have visited and the art installations that intrigue me but remind me of the lack of a proper museum in our city. The talent of the people of LA has been emphasized and “sold” to the public for consumption similar to Las Vegas. The two cities can be analyzed to understand how art is consumed and embraced by the community.

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  9. Hi guys!

    I’ve met a number of people in my life who want to “make it in L.A.”. I agree with Los Angeles. being the “Creative Capital of the World”, it’s known as THE place on a global scale to break into the entertainment industry or attempt to achieve a creative endeavor overall. Without Hollywood, the glitz, glamour, and elitism, I always remember the evident homelessness issues, gentrification, and food deserts that the city encompasses. Nonetheless, I appreciate the art and culture that the city breeds!

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  10. I have mixed emotions about Los Angeles. I have friends and family that live there and in Southern California in general, and they seem to love it. I have good memories of my visits, but I wouldn’t want to live there. It’s too smoggy, and way too much traffic. I like the beach areas. There is great shopping and restaurants. I tried sushi for the first time in LA! I have been to the LACMA Museum with my family a few times as a teenager, but I don’t remember what we saw. It is a very competitive city!! Especially when it comes to physical appearance. It’s too much for me, as I find that mentality really damaging- so much pressure to look perfect. There are some really beautiful areas. I simultaneously like and dislike the vibe in LA, so I prefer to just do short visits. I know it has a lot to offer, I am just more of a simple Virginia East Coast girl than a huge metropolis girl. I don’t think that Los Angeles architecture is my style preference, but I am looking forward to learning about it and can appreciate it for what it is.

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  11. I have spent little time in Los Angeles, only staying for a day or two at a time while traveling to a further destination. Despite my limited experiences in LA, I always had a sense of the artistic community. Whether this was through direct encounters with artists who lived there or traveled to LA for work, or by seeing various artworks throughout the city. The people I have met and the experiences I have had feel very personal. However, when I leave LA and reflect on the city as a whole, it feels very impersonal and overwhelming, despite the sense of community I have come to know.

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  12. I have taken a few short trips to Los Angeles, and I did not have the best memories from my trips there, but I did think the architecture was beautiful. From what I have seen, Los Angeles seems to be a diversity of cultures and changing influences. I am looking forward to looking deeper into the art aspect of the city since I have not spent much time there and because of the constant art opportunities and installations in Los Angeles I have heard about from previous art professors.

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  13. Hi everyone, I am John Vincent Mata, and I am currently a second-year Master of Architecture Student.

    Los Angeles: the city that masked itself with a façade. Behind the beautiful glitz, glamour, and wealth lies the hard-working middle class who wants to reach that perfect American dream. Individuals flocked the city of angels for the opportunity of wealth and living in the perfect paradise. The reality is, only a few determined individuals will reach their goal while the rest stay hopeful.

    Segregation of wealth reflects in the Los Angeles geography, from poverty-driven constituents living in the ghettos to the suburbs of the middle class, and the exclusive communities of the one percent. But behind all these stereotypical ideas of Los Angeles is the city that influences regional and international culture through the production of art. I believe this because of the multiple adventures I experienced in Los Angeles. I saw the importance of vibrant, diverse culture and expressing it through medians of art. I saw impressive architecture such as Frank Lloyd Wrights’ Hollyhock house to Charles and Ray’s Eames house. I visited museums that displayed spectacular art. And the strong emphasis of film, acting, and music is expressed with a big sign (Hollywood).

    I see Los Angeles as a melting pot of cultures, where everyone shares a piece of where they are from and adds that into the mix. That is why the city is very progressive and more accepting of new ideas. Los Angeles is the breeding ground and production of culture which echoes globally.

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  14. Personally speaking, I have not yet been to Los Angeles. However, based on movies, shows, etc. I can confidently say that Los Angeles is a place full of creativity and diversity. I do remember someone telling me it is the place people who are seeking success go to. Within the films I’ve seen, Los Angeles’ buildings seem grand. Because there are various people living in Los Angeles, I can assume the art and architecture is always unique and amazing. I hope to see it in person some day.

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  15. I think Los Angeles is interesting. The very first thing I think about when I hear Los Angeles is the Zoot Suit Riots (which is such a misleading name for what actually took place). Conflict between police/sailors/ect with Hispanic youths. Redistribution of land. It feels irresponsible to water it down to a “conflict of cultures,” but that is one of the factors at hand during the riots. There’s more to be said on this situation, but I don’t have the time to properly cover the riots. ( I highly recommend that everyone look into them a little bit).
    I’ve only visited LA once. I was not there for long, but I able to feel different the energy in LA compared to Vegas. Los Angeles is full of so many people with connections from all over, that I’m not shocked that LA is seen as a melting pot. Everyone is sharing bits and pieces of their cultures to create something relatively new out of something old. It is because the city is so jam packed with people from all over that it is able to “produce” culture the way it does. It’s amazing, but I’d hate to live there. I think that what LA has to offer artistically/culturally is unlike any other place in the United States, but housing, traffic, and the amount of smog in the city are big enough issues, that I don’t would be able to survive there. (Although I would not mind visiting again when it is safe to visit places again.

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  16. Hello everyone,
    My first memory from Los Angeles is when I was 2 years old. I had arrived at LAX with my family from a long international flight from Sofia, Bulgaria. I remember that I used to hate walking on the sidewalk in our neighborhood in Encino, because it felt so long and exhausting to me. I loved the weather and the gorgeous Santa Monica Pier attractions, and of course I loved going to Disneyland in Anaheim. When I moved back to Bulgaria I haven’t been to LA for awhile, and when I moved to Las Vegas few years ago, and decided to visit Los Angeles. I felt so exited from the fascinated cultural life of Los Angeles. When I visited The Getty Museum, The Getty Villa, LACMA I was shocked and felt epiphany for a first time in my whole life. I was impressed from Universal Studios, Hollywood Blvd, Griffith park and Griffith Observatory. On the other hand, Downtown Los Angeles is absolutely stunning- giant skyscrapers. Los Angeles Arts District, Little Tokyo, Fashion District, Civic Center. It felt very different from the surrounding neighborhoods. I really like Los Angeles, because some of the neighborhoods are very charming and walkable. Unfortunately the city is very big and the subway system is not as great as NYC’s so it won’t be convenient as in NYC to use the subway, so owning a car in Los Angeles is a necessity for its residents.

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  17. Hi everyone,

    I think Los Angeles has developed into a city that excels in starting new trends and is naturally a cultural hub for the creative. Designers, developers, artist and architects push boundaries that are transcended cross country and internationally. When looking at Downtown Los Angeles, you have The Broad by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry. These two buildings are greatly recognized, and have been integral in bringing attention to the Los Angeles region. It is the idea of “Sunny Southern California” that continues to attract visitors from all parts of the world. The diverse landscape make for a different type of experience than one would receive when visiting other mainstream cities such as NYC, Miami and Las Vegas. In that perspective I would say that Los Angeles is unique in that it acknowledges a range of ideas through its history and dynamic influence. Throughout my visits to the city, I’ve never minded the traffic, but was well aware of how much time it took to go from point A to B. Food, promenades, beaches make for a good weekend or short trip. Los Angeles always has something to offer, being a destination that individuals continue visit.

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  18. Greeting class!

    It has been a while since I’ve visited Los Angeles, but I’ve only stayed for a few days or so. The times I’ve been there has been with my family exploring the downtown area and eating the different types of foods out there. I had a nice time down there and the change in the scenery was refreshing. One of my favorite parts of visiting Los Angeles is eating at the Oaxacan restaurants because it reminds me of my childhood. As the years have passed by, the allure of Los Angeles has diminished for me. Even though LA is bustling with art and culture, I see that it is a mask to cover how superficial it is. This is not to say that other big cities have the same issues, but LA just radiates more of that energy for me. There’s no doubt that in a city like LA there’s a pressure to be attractive, but I think that this takes away the depth from this city. Another thing that comes into mind when i think of LA is the gentrification and income inequality. These factors push away working class communities and makes it even more difficult to keep up with the cost of living. I think part of what made Los Angeles special were these communities adding their touch. I don’t want to sound like I am bashing Los Angeles and would like to give it another chance and visit with an open mind. There are so many places and museums to explore. I am taking this course because I would like to know more about Los Angeles’ history and to understand this city just a little more.

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  19. Hey everybody!

    I haven’t visited Los Angeles personally but from what I know, it is the epicenter of the arts of the west coast. With such a mixed cultural population, the art that is produced here is interesting and varies greatly from artist to artist. It is plain to see that many people from different walks of life all occupy this city, ranging from the wealthy who reside in lavish mansions to the poor who live in rundown neighborhoods. I have heard some negative things about Los Angeles, but I think those sorts of things come with every big city. Someday I wish to visit the art galleries in Los Angeles and see the numerous works of art in person.

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  20. Hello Class,

    My name is Austin Sattler and I’m in my second year of the M. Arch program.

    I’ve only visited Los Angeles for a few days for an academic architecture field trip. Due to my visit of Los Angeles being an architectural based trip with a heavy itinerary, I believe I got a good preview of the cultural capital of the world. The lovely memories I have of this trip are going to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), Sheets-Goldstein residence, the Hollyhock house, Schindler house, UCLA, and many other great architectural buildings. I remember being blown away when I saw the luxurious Sheets-Goldstein house, driving around the curvaceous turns of Beverly hills, and outdoor dining on the Sunset Strip. Another memory I have is the first time I saw the iconic Hollywood sign, I just remembering being somewhat disappointed and imagined it to be bigger in scale. I view Los Angeles as a destination where people are often attracted to live there because they are trying to get their foot in the door for an acting career. In conclusion, the memories I have of Los Angeles are great, very artsy city, and would love to visit again.

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  21. Hello everyone! My name is Chelsea and I am an undergraduate student taking this course for my Art History minor. I’m horrible at creating art but an avid lover of admiring it. I am excited to learn a lot in this course with all of you.

    I have been privileged in my life when it comes to travel. Before COVID-19, my mother and I drove down to California about every two-three months for a change of pace and to buy Japanese products (such as food and skincare) that we can’t get in Las Vegas. Sometimes we’d drive there for a day trip and drive back in the middle of the night. L.A.’s Autopia is unlike any other city that I have ever been too. The city is so big that you can drive for hours and still be in L.A., just in a different part. I am a lover of vintage, film, and Disney, so seeing the retro Hollywood influences all around the city is one of my favorite things. I love the El Capitan Theater, The Broad Museum (which is free other than parking by the way!), and easy access to my favorite vegan chain restaurant Veggie Grill (why don’t we have one in Las Vegas!?). While you have that vintage flair, you also have unique modern architecture all around. These different styles coexist together and create a unique city. I’ve found that the people can be a bit more aggressive, as it is a fast-paced city life, but because the city is such a melting pot, they are sometimes less weird about things like dual language-speaking compared to people in Las Vegas. It’s a fun place to visit and I am curious about what living there is like because it seems to have little cities within every city. Once travel is possible again I’d like to visit the Museum of Death, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Getty, and more. Although things probably won’t go back to normal as we once knew it, I do hope that I will be able to enjoy art in person again!

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  22. I have lived in Las Vegas my whole life and I consider LA to be a second home, I have friends and family there and I visit whenever I can. I think Las Vegans are lucky that LA is so close, a relatively short car or bus ride and you can be in the center of such a huge and culturally significant place. It has always seemed like life is a lot faster paced there compared to LV, everyone I know who lives there has told me that it can be challenging at times and that they occasionally miss a slower more relaxed lifestyle. The fact that almost everyone in LA works in some creative capacity really informs the energy of the city. LA’s combination of historical buildings and neighborhoods with new art and artists, plus the entertainment industry and international influence make it a very stimulating and exciting city. I consider it one of my favorites.

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  23. Hello class my name is Parker,
    I have lived here in Las Vegas my whole life and have never been to LA! I have been to other parts of California, but I have never truly experienced Los Angeles. I have watched movies, TV shows, heard songs and even have friends that live there, but I just have not taken the trip. Los Angeles seems mysterious and exciting, I also follow many artists on social media that are trying to make it out there. It seems like a city that really truly never sleeps, even when everything within it is shut down, it is still buzzing with creativity. There is still plenty of creative content being pumped out of there. I think Las Vegas is a decent cultural capital on the west coast so I’m sure I will just be blown away by LA whenever I finally visit. I know there is also a lot of history in LA and I am excited to learn about the different periods that shaped it into the city it is today.

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  24. My first experiences of LA were strictly through movies and television. Growing up in the UK, I think most of what I consumed on TV was from the US and usually either set in New York or LA. In a way I think LA acts as a representation of the US for the rest of the world. I always idealized it and always wanted to visit. My initial reaction of LA was how big the streets are and how difficult it is to get around on foot – it certainly is an autopia. Seeing LA in real life for me always feels like I am literally immersed in a movie, and even after multiple visits now it is still so surreal to me.

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  25. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up here in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have been to L.A. and the surrounding Southern California area a multitudes of times in my life. L.A. has great food, culture, nature, and experiences. Though L.A. has a lot of traffic and expensive/overpriced food, parking, etc. I have many fond memories throughout my life of visiting L.A. Walking down Rodeo Drive with my mother, walking through crowded beaches, and of course going to Disneyland. L.A. is such a cultural hub and dictates many of the trends we see in clothing, film/television, food, and more. I look forward to going back to L.A. and visiting more niche locations in the future.

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  26. Hello, everyone. I am Alex Kostanian. I am a major in graphic design at UNLV, and I am taking several art courses for the Fall 2020 semester. I have some very fond memories of Los Angeles; actually, I was born in Los Angeles and I lived there with my family before we moved to Las Vegas. We had a lot of family and friends in LA, so I have a lot of memories and nostalgia from all our years of living there. I am also glad that LA is pretty close to Vegas, as it means that we can just drive from here to there and it won’t take too long (as far as I know, I think it’s only several (maybe about 4?) hours; certainly less than a whole day). Through this course, I am very interested to learn more about the art and architecture of Los Angeles. I’ve visited LA many times after moving to Vegas, but I believe that I haven’t seen enough of the art there. I hope that the things I learn in this course will give me more reasons to visit LA. I view LA as a very big and populous city. As stated in the article, it is the second most populous city in the US (only behind New York City) and the most populous city in California (the third biggest state in the US, only after Alaska and Texas), so there is bound to be many people from many different cultures living there. LA seems to have a rich culture, especially in art and architecture, and I look forward to learning more about it.

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  27. I have been through Los Angeles many times. I feel that is is unavoidable to not pass though the city when in California. My initial thoughts of the city are that it is extremely large, densely populated, has a great disparity of wealth, but is an expensive place to live, and has a ton of great art museums and galleries. LA is a huge city made up of many smaller areas. It ranges from suburbs to city within blocks! I can definitely tell from this that LA has somewhat outgrown itself or grown exponentially. My most recent memories of LA are visiting LACMA, MOCA Geffen, and spending time in Little Tokyo. These memories are fond and I envy LA for their rich art collections and value of creative fields. However, having lived in Las Vegas my whole life, I can definitely see that we are well on our way to becoming a city very similar to LA.
    -Martha Hall

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  28. Hello Everyone,

    People call me CeCe, yet my full name is Sydney-Paige Kay, and I do not answer to Sydney since that was the nickname my late father would use. I am majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from UNLV with many minors not yet definitive. I love art and learning about the History of Art, as well. It might stem from being brought to so many museums while young, who knows?

    Growing up in New York City and spending 20 years of my life going to museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of History, MoMa, The Metropolitan Museum, walking in Central Park, and visiting Central Park Zoo, I can agree that Los Angeles is one of the significant cities considered to be “production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger). In 2016, when I was fortunate enough to see the city of Los Angeles with my family, I was amazed by the similarities of both cities. While Los Angeles was not the typical concrete jungle that I grew up in, as New York City was full of tall-sky scrapers, flat grid streets, and neon signs, Los Angeles lacked the subway system, was hilly in comparison, filled with beautiful Palm trees and nature. Everyone walks in New York City, except the people who live outside and come in for business. Many choose not to obtain a vehicle because of the inexpensive public transformation.

    On the other hand, those that live in Los Angeles find themselves in need of a car, and as a result, which is known for their congession and have about 84% drive or carpool to work and is known as a “driving city”. As the quote says, “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger); I most heartily agree with this quote. Being part of the production of culture, Los Angeles holds the title, “Creative Capital of the World”! globally. In my opinion, it deserves it. Which is why so many creative people seem to be drawn there. Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood industry, ethnic diversity, and the metropolis spread out, unlike NYC. The museums that I was lucky to visit were The Annenberg Space, Griffith Observatory, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Center, which I remember taking a tram up to the center. It was stunning compared to just walking out of the subway in NYC and walking into the Museum of Natural History (which is stunning outside as well), Space Shuttle Endeavour and let us not forget Six Flags which was a must for my brother and me since my parents wanted all the museums first. Los Angeles is a city that, in my opinion, must be seen.

    CeCe
    aka Sydney-Paige Kay

    Respecting Other Culture Quotes, Quotations & Sayings 2020. https://www.searchquotes.com/search/Respecting_Other_Culture/

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  29. Hello Everyone,

    People call me CeCe, yet my full name is Sydney-Paige Kay, and I do not answer to Sydney since that was the nickname my late father would use. I am majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from UNLV with many minors not yet definitive. I love art and learning about the History of Art, as well. It might stem from being brought to so many museums while young, who knows?

    Growing up in New York City and spending 20 years of my life going to museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of History, MoMa, The Metropolitan Museum, walking in Central Park, and visiting Central Park Zoo, I can agree that Los Angeles is one of the significant cities considered to be “production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger). In 2016, when I was fortunate enough to see the city of Los Angeles with my family, I was amazed by the similarities of both cities. While Los Angeles was not the typical concrete jungle that I grew up in, as New York City was full of tall-sky scrapers, flat grid streets, and neon signs, Los Angeles lacked the subway system, was hilly in comparison, filled with beautiful Palm trees and nature. Everyone walks in New York City, except the people who live outside and come in for business. Many choose not to obtain a vehicle because of the inexpensive public transformation.

    On the other hand, those that live in Los Angeles find themselves in need of a car, and as a result, they are known for their traffic. As the quote says, “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger); I most heartily agree with this quote. Being part of the production of culture, Los Angeles holds the title, “Creative Capital of the World”! globally. In my opinion, it deserves it. Which is why so many creative people seem to be drawn there. Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood industry, ethnic diversity, and the metropolis spread out, unlike NYC. The museums that I was lucky to visit were The Annenberg Space, Griffith Observatory, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Center, which I remember taking a tram up to the center. It was stunning compared to just walking out of the subway in NYC and walking into the Museum of Natural History (which is stunning outside as well), Space Shuttle Endeavour and let us not forget Six Flags which was a must for my brother and me since my parents wanted all the museums first;. At the same time, New York is famous for its broadway shows, Parades, Opera, Ballet, Restaurants, and Lincoln Center; they are both cities that, in my opinion, must be seen.

    CeCe
    aka Sydney-Paige Kay

    Respecting Other Culture Quotes, Quotations & Sayings 2020. https://www.searchquotes.com/search/Respecting_Other_Culture/

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  30. Hello Everyone,

    People call me CeCe, yet my full name is Sydney-Paige Kay, and I do not answer to Sydney since that was the nickname my late father would use. I am majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from UNLV with many minors not yet definitive. I love art and learning about the History of Art, as well. It might stem from being brought to so many museums while young, who knows?

    Growing up in New York City and spending 20 years of my life going to museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of History, MoMa, The Metropolitan Museum, walking in Central Park, and visiting Central Park Zoo, I can agree that Los Angeles is one of the significant cities considered to be “production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger). In 2016, when I was fortunate enough to see the city of Los Angeles with my family, I was amazed by the similarities of both cities. While Los Angeles was not the typical concrete jungle that I grew up in, as New York City was full of tall-sky scrapers, flat grid streets, and neon signs, Los Angeles lacked the subway system, was hilly in comparison, filled with beautiful Palm trees and nature. Everyone walks in New York City, except the people who live outside and come in for business. Many choose not to obtain a vehicle because of the inexpensive public transformation.

    On the other hand, those that live in Los Angeles find themselves in need of a car, and as a result, they are known for their traffic. As the quote says, “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger); I most heartily agree with this quote. Being part of the production of culture, Los Angeles holds the title, “Creative Capital of the World”! globally. In my opinion, it deserves it. Which is why so many creative people seem to be drawn there. Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood industry, ethnic diversity, and the metropolis spread out, unlike NYC. The museums that I was lucky to visit were The Annenberg Space, Griffith Observatory, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Center, which I remember taking a tram up to the center. It was stunning compared to just walking out of the subway in NYC and walking into the Museum of Natural History (which is stunning outside as well), Space Shuttle Endeavour and let us not forget Six Flags which was a must for my brother and me since my parents wanted all the museums first;. At the same time, New York is famous for its broadway shows, Parades, Opera, Ballet, Restaurants, and Lincoln Center; they are both cities that, in my opinion, must be seen.

    CeCe
    aka Sydney-Paige Kay

    Respecting Other Culture Quotes, Quotations & Sayings 2020. https://www.searchquotes.com/search/Respecting_Other_Culture/

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    1. Hi Everyone,

      People call me CeCe, yet my full name is Sydney-Paige Kay, and I do not answer to Sydney since that was the nickname my late father would use. I am majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from UNLV with many minors not yet definitive. I love art and learning about the History of Art, as well. It might stem from being brought to so many museums while young, who knows?

      Growing up in New York City and spending 20 years of my life going to museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of History, MoMa, The Metropolitan Museum, walking in Central Park, and visiting Central Park Zoo, I can agree that Los Angeles is one of the significant cities considered to be “production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger). In 2016, when I was fortunate enough to see the city of Los Angeles with my family, I was amazed by the similarities of both cities. While Los Angeles was not the typical concrete jungle that I grew up in, as New York City was full of tall-sky scrapers, flat grid streets, and neon signs, Los Angeles lacked the subway system, was hilly in comparison, filled with beautiful Palm trees and nature. Everyone walks in New York City, except the people who live outside and come in for business. Many choose not to obtain a vehicle because of the inexpensive public transformation.

      On the other hand, those that live in Los Angeles find themselves in need of a car, and as a result, they are known for their traffic. As the quote says, “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger); I most heartily agree with this quote. Being part of the production of culture, Los Angeles holds the title, “Creative Capital of the World”! globally. In my opinion, it deserves it. Which is why so many creative people seem to be drawn there. Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood industry, ethnic diversity, and the metropolis spread out, unlike NYC. The museums that I was lucky to visit were The Annenberg Space, Griffith Observatory, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Center, which I remember taking a tram up to the center. It was stunning compared to just walking out of the subway in NYC and walking into the Museum of Natural History (which is stunning outside as well), Space Shuttle Endeavour and let us not forget Six Flags which was a must for my brother and me since my parents wanted all the museums first;. At the same time, New York is famous for its broadway shows, Parades, Opera, Ballet, Restaurants, and Lincoln Center; they are both cities that, in my opinion, must be seen.

      CeCe
      aka Sydney-Paige Kay

      Respecting Other Culture Quotes, Quotations & Sayings 2020. https://www.searchquotes.com/search/Respecting_Other_Culture/

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    2. I can’t seem to post my post for this week’s questions, yet I was able to post “hello”. Trying to post it

      Hi Everyone,

      People call me CeCe, yet my full name is Sydney-Paige Kay, and I do not answer to Sydney since that was the nickname my late father would use. I am majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from UNLV with many minors not yet definitive. I love art and learning about the History of Art, as well. It might stem from being brought to so many museums while young, who knows?

      Growing up in New York City and spending 20 years of my life going to museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of History, MoMa, The Metropolitan Museum, walking in Central Park, and visiting Central Park Zoo, I can agree that Los Angeles is one of the significant cities considered to be “production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger). In 2016, when I was fortunate enough to see the city of Los Angeles with my family, I was amazed by the similarities of both cities. While Los Angeles was not the typical concrete jungle that I grew up in, as New York City was full of tall-sky scrapers, flat grid streets, and neon signs, Los Angeles lacked the subway system, was hilly in comparison, filled with beautiful Palm trees and nature. Everyone walks in New York City, except the people who live outside and come in for business. Many choose not to obtain a vehicle because of the inexpensive public transformation.

      On the other hand, those that live in Los Angeles find themselves in need of a car, and as a result, they are known for their traffic. As the quote says, “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger); I most heartily agree with this quote. Being part of the production of culture, Los Angeles holds the title, “Creative Capital of the World”! globally. In my opinion, it deserves it. Which is why so many creative people seem to be drawn there. Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood industry, ethnic diversity, and the metropolis spread out, unlike NYC. The museums that I was lucky to visit were The Annenberg Space, Griffith Observatory, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Center, which I remember taking a tram up to the center. It was stunning compared to just walking out of the subway in NYC and walking into the Museum of Natural History (which is stunning outside as well), Space Shuttle Endeavour and let us not forget Six Flags which was a must for my brother and me since my parents wanted all the museums first;. At the same time, New York is famous for its broadway shows, Parades, Opera, Ballet, Restaurants, and Lincoln Center; they are both cities that, in my opinion, must be seen.

      CeCe
      aka Sydney-Paige Kay

      Respecting Other Culture Quotes, Quotations & Sayings 2020. https://www.searchquotes.com/search/Respecting_Other_Culture/

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  31. Hi Everyone,

    People call me CeCe, yet my full name is Sydney-Paige Kay, and I do not answer to Sydney since that was the nickname my late father would use. I am majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from UNLV with many minors not yet definitive. I love art and learning about the History of Art, as well. It might stem from being brought to so many museums while young, who knows?

    Growing up in New York City and spending 20 years of my life going to museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of History, MoMa, The Metropolitan Museum, walking in Central Park, and visiting Central Park Zoo, I can agree that Los Angeles is one of the significant cities considered to be “production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger). In 2016, when I was fortunate enough to see the city of Los Angeles with my family, I was amazed by the similarities of both cities. While Los Angeles was not the typical concrete jungle that I grew up in, as New York City was full of tall-sky scrapers, flat grid streets, and neon signs, Los Angeles lacked the subway system, was hilly in comparison, filled with beautiful Palm trees and nature. Everyone walks in New York City, except the people who live outside and come in for business. Many choose not to obtain a vehicle because of the inexpensive public transformation.

    On the other hand, those that live in Los Angeles find themselves in need of a car, and as a result, they are known for their traffic. As the quote says, “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger); I most heartily agree with this quote. Being part of the production of culture, Los Angeles holds the title, “Creative Capital of the World”! globally. In my opinion, it deserves it. Which is why so many creative people seem to be drawn there. Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood industry, ethnic diversity, and the metropolis spread out, unlike NYC. The museums that I was lucky to visit were The Annenberg Space, Griffith Observatory, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Center, which I remember taking a tram up to the center. It was stunning compared to just walking out of the subway in NYC and walking into the Museum of Natural History (which is stunning outside as well), Space Shuttle Endeavour and let us not forget Six Flags which was a must for my brother and me since my parents wanted all the museums first;. At the same time, New York is famous for its broadway shows, Parades, Opera, Ballet, Restaurants, and Lincoln Center; they are both cities that, in my opinion, must be seen.

    CeCe
    aka Sydney-Paige Kay

    Respecting Other Culture Quotes, Quotations & Sayings 2020. https://www.searchquotes.com/search/Respecting_Other_Culture/

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  32. Los Angeles to me is a second home. Having gone many times, I have created countless memories growing up. Going to Los Angeles while a kid and while being an adult are two completely different experiences. The night life is always an experience that I feel can only happen in Los Angeles. As a photographer, I look to Los Angeles as a potential career destination as many fashion brands have headquarters in LA. I will also say that the traffic and drivers there are definitely “unique.”

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  33. Las Angeles is the place where people have stars in their eyes, dreams to chase, motives in their mind, and places to be. It is an artists dream and can be a doom because the over saturation of creative minds, each person is chasing the fast lane of success because the cost of living is awful. Taxes add to your income and often people live paycheck to paycheck. Failure is not an option for the people of the Las Angeles area, they are home to some of the largest homeless population in the nation, this is the result of the requirements to fit in, the money and competition there. It also is a networking powerhouse. It is all about who you know to get the best opportunities, it’s like Vegas but on hard mode.

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  34. Hello Everyone,

    People call me CeCe, yet my full name is Sydney-Paige Kay, and I do not answer to Sydney since that was the nickname my late father would use. I am majoring in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from UNLV with many minors not yet definitive. I love art and learning about the History of Art, as well. It might stem from being brought to so many museums while young, who knows?

    Growing up in New York City and spending 20 years of my life going to museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of History, MoMa, The Metropolitan Museum, walking in Central Park, and visiting Central Park Zoo, I can agree that Los Angeles is one of the significant cities considered to be “production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger). In 2016, when I was fortunate enough to see the city of Los Angeles with my family, I was amazed by the similarities of both cities. While Los Angeles was not the typical concrete jungle that I grew up in, as New York City was full of tall-sky scrapers, flat grid streets, and neon signs, Los Angeles lacked the subway system, was hilly in comparison, filled with beautiful Palm trees and nature. Everyone walks in New York City, except the people who live outside and come in for business. Many choose not to obtain a vehicle because of the inexpensive public transformation.

    On the other hand, those that live in Los Angeles find themselves in need of a car, and as a result, they are known for their traffic. As the quote says, “If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.” (Barbara Kruger); I most heartily agree with this quote. Being part of the production of culture, Los Angeles holds the title, “Creative Capital of the World”! globally. In my opinion, it deserves it. Which is why so many creative people seem to be drawn there. Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood industry, ethnic diversity, and the metropolis spread out, unlike NYC. The museums that I was lucky to visit were The Annenberg Space, Griffith Observatory, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Center, which I remember taking a tram up to the center. It was stunning compared to just walking out of the subway in NYC and walking into the Museum of Natural History (which is stunning outside as well), Space Shuttle Endeavour and let us not forget Six Flags which was a must for my brother and me since my parents wanted all the museums first;. At the same time, New York is famous for its broadway shows, Parades, Opera, Ballet, Restaurants, and Lincoln Center; they are both cities that, in my opinion, must be seen.

    CeCe
    aka Sydney-Paige Kay

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  35. Los Angeles in my mind is a big and busy city. When I was younger, I lived in Cerritos, California until I was 7. Sometimes we would pass by LA and I remember the traffic and the big buildings. I do not remember a lot other than the feeling that I wanted to look around, but my mom never let us, for we did not have the time to do so. I would like to go back one day and travel on my own there.

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  36. I have visited Los Angeles an only couple of times from a touristic perspective. And with Los Angeles, I would say that my story is a love story. When I saw the city, my despair in the face of its beauty made me think, “There must be a word in German to describe this feeling for sure.” I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that “there must be a way not to leave here” that comes after my days in the city, people met, memories saved, and the feeling of freedom without borders. That’s a city that I admired by its beauty, by its architecture, and influenced by its culture.

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  37. While this post is very late, I grew up in and around Los Angeles for a very long time! After we moved from the city when I was around 10 years old, we would still go back for family gatherings and parties, so many of my memories are of the holidays and birthdays. There is a distinct feel to Los Angeles, with its narrow streets, packed neighborhoods and constant pedestrian and vehicular movement. As I have not been there in a while now due to being busy with school and now navigating the pandemic, I really do miss the city and its food and the atmosphere. And although it is a hell to navigate there is something so comforting about being there and knowing all the streets and good spots to eat and relax. It often feels like two different places when you move from the residential areas into the industrial ones, which I think is very fun and never gets boring. As a photographer I love this factor of the city because then I would essentially never run out of places and subjects to document and photograph.

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  38. The city of Los Angeles has always been very inviting to me. Being a Californian native myself, I used to visit a lot of times when I was younger to go to Disneyland. Los Angeles has always been different from many other cities, even different from Stockton and San Francisco (which is where I am from!). It is usually much warmer than NorCal and I personally would believe the title of “Creative Capital of the World”. I mean after all, it houses both Hollywood and Disneyland in one place. Not only that, even the more derelict areas of Los Angeles have a charming appeal(albeit more dangerous) and have seen lots of American culture take influence from this city. I also remember meeting many eccentric and creative faces the last time I visited was actually when I attended Adobe Max held at the Los Angeles Convention Center! So yes, I believe that Los Angeles to me is a pretty creative place, and personally I think it comes first to NYC.

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  39. The city of Los Angeles to me seems to be a sort of giant that has become slightly hard to handle . Having grown up in Las Vegas it was very common to have friends and acquaintances that routinely travelled to and from our two cities for either leisure or business. I unfortunately didn’t get to experience the city until later in life. I think part of this was because most my family lives on the east coast with my grandparents being the only ones to travel out west for work. So when I was young whenever we went on vacation it was to upstate New York, Pittsburg, or Georgia and other places in the south. Now that I am pursuing a career in art L.A has become evermore important for me as it is indeed scene as a sort of cultural mecca of the American Southwest and as such holds more opportunities for artist to advance in their career.
    The first time I actually visited the city was with my brother in law Daniel who invited me to attend a skateboarding event (As we are both avid Skaters) being held there. But I feel that my experience was probably less usual than what is common. To explain further, when we went on the trip we actually left a couple days earlier than the event because Daniel had to meet up with some business associates as they were trying to secure funds for their augmented reality startup. The whole time we were there it rained and it rained hard. Infact we hydroplaned multiple times just driving around and it rained so much that I was struck by the oddity of being in one of the most populated cities in North America and hardly anyone was out and about. So like I said it was unusual given that I expected everything to be more busy as that is what i came to understand by talking to others that routinely travel their. Another thing that struck me was the poor quality of drainage along the roads . I thought to myself why do the roads in Nevada have better drainage than here? Since I am writing on this blog way after it was initially posted and having been in this class now for sometime I’ve come to realize that this is most likely due to the issue of such a high degree of growth which I have recognized as being one of the main facets of the city . Simply put it’s expanding so fast that improvements to the infrastructure of the city are falling behind. Aside from this however it was pleasant the diversity and weather are something to be wanted in Las Vegas when compared to L.A. So to sum up I’ve come to think of L.A as a big city that although struggling with its own growth has so much culture and other things to offer that it seems silly not to visit especially for artists trying to advance themselves and that even though I didn’t visit the L.A of which I’ve come to expect offered enough interest for me to want to go back and experience it further

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  40. I have spent time in Los Angeles but only briefly, however despite that I was still impressed by what I saw there. The amount of diversity in culture that I witnessed while there was impressive, it was as if I was seeing things from all over the world be confined into a single location. Needless to say I can certainly understand why this city has the unique reputation that it does.

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