AP Art History students visit LACMA and MAF

Advanced Placement Art History students visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation (MAF) Thursday, Feb. 28.

During the field trip, students examined various forms of artistic expression from different time periods to learn more about the study and practice of art history.

“[When] you see art in the photo, it doesn’t give the same effect as it does in person. You can’t see the brush strokes, the style of art, the paint thickness and everything as you can do in real life,” junior Ryan Garcia said. “It’s a very different experience seeing it in person than seeing it on a computer screen.”

Students explored multiple exhibitions in LACMA, such as “Charles White: A Retrospective” that features drawings and prints of historical and contemporary African Americans and “The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies” that brings together modern art, architecture and design. Additionally, the group toured MAF, which focuses on artists from the 1990s to the present, including exhibitions of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

“[The most memorable experience was] Yayoi Kusama’s room at Marciano,” senior Ariel Stubbs said. “We already knew her Infinity Mirrored Room, so to see one of her pieces up close in real life and to be immersed in it was really cool to experience.”

By Eunice Lin, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Jessica Lam