I visited the Broad Museum in LA this Friday! We booked the free tickets a month ahead of time because the museum was so popular and busy. As if to balance out the free tickets, parking was super expensive, around $14 for the first 3 hours and then you pay per 15 minutes after that.
The first thing we did – and everyone else in line – when we first got in was to line up (another line!?) for the iPad sign ups for the Infinity Room. This exhibition lets each person go into a mirrored room for 45 seconds. Tons of little lights are reflected in the water on the ground as well as the fully mirrored walls and ceiling. Our wait time was about 3 hours, at which we received a text message telling us to make our way to the room.
Re-entry into the museum on the same day is free and you don’t need to re-line up, so we left and walked a few minutes to the Marketplace for some gourmet sandwiches.
Returning to the museum, we first visited the temporary exhibition, Oracle, which sought to make visual what is normally unsee-able. Some of the works included paintings that are influenced by random, probability-based strokes or a movie of a ball game during which pentagonal lights are randomly flashed. Another piece was inspired by circuits and geometry to represent social interactions.
The second floor offered a view of the storage rooms and some administrative rooms.
The exhibitions continue on the third floor, where we were greeted by bright Japanese pop art and a giant shiny balloon-like sculpture that was supposed to be “tulips”. We also saw some local art, such as a geometricized image of the Santa Monica board walk.
We also saw some perspective changing art. For example, the Benday dots area showcased pieces drawn in the comic book style of artistically placed and colored dots. Up close, the pieces looked like a mess of dots, but stepping back, an image is revealed.
There was a 3D sculpture in the corner that looked 2D in photos, as well a a painting that made sense both upside down and right side up. At first glance, it looks like the reflection of some riders somewhere above the water, but upside down, it looks as if the riders were on solid ground with a vase suspended in midair.
We also saw a giant table with giant chairs that viewers can walk around under.
On our way out, we also saw some of Basquiat’s works, which I recognized right away from Urban Decay’s collaboration with Basquiat for their new eye shadow palette series.
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.