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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Outside of the MOCA.

Inside the lobby of the Millennium Biltmore, L.A.

Approaching L.A.

In Death Valley.

Manzanar, the WWII Japanese American internment camp in Owens Valley.

A Fine Arts Special Topics course traveled to Los Angeles for the entirety of spring break. We returned early Sunday morning (1 am or so?). Five students along with myself, J. Damron, and Russell Dudley drove to L.A. via Death Valley, camping over night in the valley. We stayed in downtown Los Angeles. One of the hotel rooms became our studio of sorts while we made notes, placed art objects and images on site in L.A. and examined art and the urban environment. The other aspect of the trip included staying downtown at a large legendary hotel that plays a role in the culture and history of L.A.; for example, the Alvin Ailey dance co. was staying at the hotel along with the Korean, Japanese, U.S. and Venezuelan baseball teams playing in the WBC finals. And then there was the driving. Thanks to those who rode in the back row of the suburban.
The course will continue beyond the trip after students, and faculty, digest the trip. Some presence of the course and the work done will manifest itself in the coming months. Here some images from the trip. More will be on there way as they are compiled.


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