If you haven't been to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, I suggest you close your screen and go there immediately. It's free and parking is only $15.
Oh, you're back. Wasn't that awesome? Tres picturesque, no? It's such a cultural hub in the city with beautiful exhibits, gardens and views of both the ocean and the city around us (on those smog-free days). My friend and I went to see the new Mapplethorpe exhibit that opened earlier in the month and to attend a short story reading. I personally loved learning more about Robert Mapplethorpe; I did know a bit about him from studying photographers and then reading a bit about him in Patti Smith's "Just Kids" a few years back. He was so sensitive, yet so blunt and controversial. People like that fascinate me and he makes me want to understand light, symmetry and to just be a bit more risky in my artistic endeavors (probably not to his extent though... ha!).