LA Art Scene: All the Summer Exhibits You Can't Miss

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LA Art Museums
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LACMA Museum Los Angeles

Exploring art museums and galleries is one of my favorite ways to pass time. NYC is full of options, but since I moved to LA I needed to spend sometime getting to explore the art scene here. At first I wanted to spend as much time outside as possible, but since the weather has suddenly gotten crazy hot it’s time for more fun in the AC. Here are a few of the exhibits on my list to check out this summer, everywhere from Santa Monica to DTLA!

Soul of a Nation at the Broad

This exhibit will be on view until September and explores contributions of Black artists from the civil rights movement through the 80’s. LA based artists will also be specifically highlighted for their often overlooked role in the art and history of the civil rights movement. Get tickets here!

40 for LA at MOCA

MOCA, LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating their 40 year anniversary with a multimedia exhibition features archives from the museum’s vault, including rare photographs and lithographs, limited-edition objects and a special homage to all of the artists to whom the museum is indebted. This is your chance to understand some of the key elements that defined the museum and made it what it is today. Tickets and visiting information here!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game at The Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum is unique with it’s focus on the cultural impact of music throughout generations. Take Me Out to the Ball Game highlights how the rise of baseball and baseball music ushered in a new era of American music in the early 1900s and the eventual impact it had on modern, popular music genres from pop to R&B. And while you are there, don’t miss the Backstreet Boys experience if you want to relive some of your favorite 90’s jams. Visitor’s info here!

The Liberator at California African-American Museum

The Liberator was an early 20th-century newspaper that documented the emerging African American population in Los Angeles. Founded in 1900 by Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, a former slave who advocated for improved social and economic conditions for African-Americans the publication reported on local, national, and international news and portrayed Los Angeles as a city of hope for African Americans and an escape from the violence and hardship they experienced in the South. This exhibit sheds light on paper’s contributions to city’s rapidly increasing black population and its challenges in a post-Reconstruction era. Details here!

Anything at LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) isn’t just a hot spot for Instagram pics! It’s the largest art museum in the western United States and has a whole host of unique seasonal exhibitions and an impressive core collection. Considering it’s size, give yourself plenty of time to try to take it all in.

Fearless Fashion at the Skirbal Center

Obviously this fashionista wouldn’t miss an exhibit dedicated to style! Fearless Fashion explores the visionary and progressive ensembles by LA based designer Rudi Gernreich. Rudi introduced the monokini, thongs, unisex caftans, pantsuits for women that transcended rigid social expectations and championed authenticity above all. Check out the retrospective on his work through September 1st.

Contact High at the Annenberg Space for Photography

If you are a hip-hop head, don’t miss this one! This exhibit chronicles the work of hip-hop photographers that played a role in bringing the music genre’s visual culture to the global stage. Get an intimate look at contact sheets from portrait sessions with hip-hop legends like Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar. Rare videos, memorabilia, and music are also on display.

LA Can't Miss Art Exhibits

Let me know which ones you check out and what you think!

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Home for Spring!

this post is bought to you in collaboration with Art to Frames

this post is bought to you in collaboration with Art to Frames

Spring is the perfect time to breath some new life into your home! I’m not a fan of Spring cleaning because obviously it’s the worst but it is a necessary evil! After you get your place nice and tidy it’s time to start working on the fun part – redecorating! 

I’ve been in my current apartment for almost 5 years now and have been itching to spice it up for a while. I didn’t want to go crazy because I’m moving somewhere new soon so wanted to think of fun, affordable ways to create a little more ambiance at home. Here are a few of my tips for easy, affordable redecorating for Spring! 

3 Ways to Update Your Home for Spring

Get some new greenery

There is no faster, cheaper way to bring new life into your home! I love picking up big leafy potted plants in colorful planters or chic baskets. I usually grab them at my local Home Depot since you can see and feel them in person, but there are also some really eye-catching ones I saw on Amazon! I have a few saved to purchase when I’m in my new place so I’ll let you know how that goes! Even though I’m terrible with plants and can never keep them alive long, I love keeping them around. I also pick up a cheap and cheerful bouquet on my regular Whole Foods or Trader Joes run for extra color around the place

Show your walls some love

Bare white walls in an apartment are a big no no! I’m a huge fan of paint, peel and stick wallpaper, and hanging art to add some personality to the room. I have a few pieces I’ve picked up over the years, and the latest is one my boyfriend actually picked out. Pretty cool right?

Custom Frame From Art to Frames

I wanted to give our new pet a very chic, timeless frame with a little pop of color to compliment the edgy street art vibe. Art to Frame gifted me this gorgeous Bright Gold With Compo Picture Frame 

The details are stunning and I added a double mat in classic white with a hint of hot pink to tie back to the colors in the painting. The finished piece is now an eye-catching addition to my entryway! 

 The team also included a classic black collage frame Collage Frame that can either sit on a table top of be hung. I haven’t decided where it’s going or what images to use, so let me know how you would style a frame like this!

And check out Art to Frames for easy custom framing! The quality and service are top-notch and their selection is amazing! The options are all stunning it’s hard to pick just one! Plus the site let’s you easily get a preview of how your piece will look in the frame of your choice, and add additional stylish details like classic or fancy cut mats. Save 15% on your purchase with my code, KELLY15.

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Easy to Hang Wall Art

Upgrade your throw pillows and blankets

Purchasing new pieces of furniture requires some degree of planning, but textiles are an easy way to transform the look of a room on a whim. If you are bored with your couch but not ready to replace it, just swap out the pillows! My favorite place to get fancy pillows at bargain prices is TJ Maxx.  They have a great selection of home textiles at a fraction of retail prices and even though I hate shopping in store it’s worth it, especially for home goods! I update my pillows and throw blankets seasonally – going for chunky knits, rich velvets, and metallics around the holidays, and fun summery prints this time of year. 

Budget Friendly Redecorating Tips

Stay tuned for more about my adventures in moving and decorating my new place and thanks again to Art to Frames for collaborating with me on this post! 

All the Art Basel Events You Can Actually Get Into!

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I’m on my way to another Art Basel Miami! I pretty much go every year, mostly because I love the art but also because it’s a great excuse to get somewhere warm when NY is freezing cold. If you are planning on attending but not sure what to do when you get down there, here are a bunch of options. These events are all open to the public so you can buy tickets and have an amazing time on the scene, even if your VIP pass went missing AGAIN!

Art Basel Miami Art Fairs

Obviously if you are in town for Art Basel you need to see some art. All of the fairs are open to the public and you can buy tickets online. You also MUST pass through Wynwood and explore the incredible street art all over the neighborhood. I’m leaving links to my favorites below. If you plan on attending let me know in the comments and maybe we’ll bump into each other!

The Official Art Basel

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Art Basel Parties & Events

Part of the fun of Art Basel Miami is the parties and events. Here are a few that are open to the public that you can buy tickets to. I will probably check some of these out myself.

Pigment International

Style Fashion Week Presents Fashion Basel

Pulse Young Collectors Cocktail

Art Basel Miami Hot Spots

And while you are in between shows and events, pop into these hot spots to grab a drink or app, and of course, see and be seen!

The Edition Hotel

Freehand Miami

News Cafe

The Standard Hotel

The 1 Hotel

If you’ve got time and patience, check out Eventbrite for hundreds of other events as well! The options really are endless. And if you can squeeze in some beach time. I know I’ll need it before flying back to frigid NYC!

Miami Art Basel Guide


The Best Black Art from Art Basel Miami Beach

Me with work by Laolu Senbanjo, shot by Julius July

Me with work by Laolu Senbanjo, shot by Julius July

I'm fresh off another amazing year at Art Basel Miami Beach! I can't seem to get enough of the art, the scene, and of course the weather. But Art Basel Miami Beach is more than just a good excuse to get out of the cold New York weather. Art means something to me, and I love being able to find pieces that I connect with. One trend I noticed this season was the rising presence of black artists and work inspired by our culture. Here are a few standout pieces that inspired me this season.

Please note, I do not know if all of these artists actually identify as black, so I am referencing themes in their work! 

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The Boy with the Blue Tongue and The Wrestler and the Palm Trees by Ernst Coppejans

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The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Monique Eller

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Sankofa Super Future by Shani Crowe and Max Sansing

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Girl from Congo by Johan Andersson

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Wailing Wailing by Arinze Stanley

If you were at Basel let me know what you thought this season! And chime in if you have any other artists on your radar I should check out!