College Night at LACMA


Maybe my last Tuesday could have been spent studying, reading, or finishing assignments, however, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “College Night” pulled me in and I had to do some exploring.

It was my first experience at the museum, and I was happy to be experiencing it on a night that was laid back yet still full of information and fun.

The museum had a complimentary mashed-potato bar and other refreshments, as well as various workshops for students to get involved in. In the main courtyard they set up two stations, both inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s exhibit.

The first workshops “Monsters or Bust!” students worked with an artist to guide them through making 3-D character model portraits with magic sculpting clay. “Codex Mysterium/ The Book of Mysteries” was the second workshop where students drew and created a print based off of an imagined ghost or monster story.

Students were of course encouraged to take snapchat photos with the special LACMA College Night geo-filter, and to use the hashtag #LACMACollege.

For me the true highlight was walking through the exhibits in the Ahmanson building. The “Beyond Bling” featured jewelry from the Lois Boardman collection. The eccentric pieces were intricately made, and although not necessarily practical, still stood out to me artistically.

In the name of art, the museum had blank pads and pencils for students to grab so they could sketch any pieces that spoke to them. In each gallery there were educators eager to encourage conversations about the art- which made me feel more comfortable to ask questions when I usually feel pressured to just “get it.”

With a simple flash of my student I.D. I was able to enjoy a free night of food, art, and exploration. Whether a student or no, I encourage everyone to tack visiting LACMA to their list of “to-do’s” in L.A.



This exhibit features jewelry from places around the world such as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Bronze Sculptures by Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

IMG_2837 from Emily Ayers on Vimeo.



IMG_2849 from Emily Ayers on Vimeo.

Jesus Rafael Soto’s “Penetrable.”
Soto’s art was meant to get viewer’s participation, and to explore kinetic and opt art.

After the night at LACMA, Carmela was found. It is a quaint and delicious ice cream parlor  in Mid-City Los Angles. My favorites: Lavender & Honey, Salted Caramel. You must go!

Take a Visit:



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am–5 pm
Friday: 11 am–8 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 10 am–7 pm

Closed Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


  • $15 | Adults
  • $10 | Seniors (65+) & Students with valid ID
  • Free | Children (17 and under)
  • Free | Members

L.A. County residents receive free general admission after 3 pm every weekday LACMA is open!

Active-duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families receive free admission.


7920 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048


12noon–11pm Sunday–Thursday
12noon–12am Friday–Saturday


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