All posts tagged: Museum

A Weekend in NYC

A few weeks ago I spent a long weekend in New York City, marking my first trip to the big apple ever. On the flight from Reykjavik I started reading How to See the World by Nicholas Mirzoeff – on visual culture and how we see things and are seen – and realized that although I had the experience of observing the New York City of film, television, and advertising, I had never actually seen the city. While I had been dreaming of visiting NYC for years, I showed up almost nervous. After spending time in parts of rural Iceland (the least populated place I have ever been to) I was heading to the most densely inhabited place I had yet to occupy. Iceland has a way of slowing you down and I worried that the extreme change in environment would almost be jarring. But instead of feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of New York’s streets, it felt good to finally see it myself – not on a screen or billboard. I found New York City to …

Visiting the Huntington

I’ve been meaning to visit The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino for over two years, and finally went with my sister recently. Below are photos we took in the various gardens, which span 120 acres and include a Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, and Chinese Garden, among others. The photos below do not do The Huntington justice, so I recommend spending the day there if you’re ever in the Los Angeles area. The Huntington Library was founded in 1919 by Southern California businessman Henry E. Huntington. Huntington had a deep interest in gardens, art, and books – building a massive research library, art collection, and botanical gardens. Only 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the Huntington Library is a wonderful place to relax and appreciate nature.

Views From Griffith Park & the Getty Center

Although my trip to Los Angeles last week was mostly business, I had the opportunity to fit some fun stuff in to my schedule too. Along with eating a ton of great food (from vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude, to Santa Monica pub The Independence, and Koreatown mainstay OB Bear) I spent time at various beaches (Venice, Santa Monica, and Hermosa), walked around Griffith Park, drove up Mulholland Drive at night, and visited the Getty Center and Paley Center for Media. Because my camera is a little too large and heavy to lug around all of the time, I only snapped a few pictures at Griffith Park and the Getty Center. Enjoy, and let me know about some of your favorite things to do in LA. I’m moving in about two weeks, and I hope to have an extensive list together of things to do once I’m officially settled in.

Seattle’s EMP Museum

The EMP Museum (formerly Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame) was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. The non-profit museum is dedicated to contemporary pop culture and includes a variety of ever-changing exhibits. Current exhibits include Spectacle: The Music Video, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London, Icons of Science Fiction, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, and Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses. The museum also houses a sound lab where visitors can try their hand at an assortment of instruments, and a stage where guests have the opportunity to film their own music video. Visiting the EMP Museum was an especially fun and enlightening experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Seattle, even if your visit is short. The museum often hosts events, so be sure to check their calendar before planning your trip: EMP Museum *Note – I recommend taking the monorail from the Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to the museum. It’s a short ride and only …