Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day Trip to L.A.

So close, yet so far away...I literally never go to Los Angeles, the first big exception being a couple of weeks ago when I joined some friends for an all-day excursion. Our destinations: Bergamont Station in Santa Monica, specifically, Hiromi Paper International; and the Fowler Museum at UCLA to see "Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley." Above, an art car at Bergamont Station, site of many small art galleries and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Hiromi is a tiny store packed with handmade paper from all over the world. I came home with treasures for future handmade poetry books: above, Thai banana paper, background; from left, Red Walnut from Cave Paper and two sheets of Mexican Amate Solid. Below, from left: orange and tan Yucatan (huun) paper; Bhutan Jute and Bhutan Dekar; and Indian Khadi.

After a fine lunch at the Bergamont Station Cafe, we were off to the Fowler--a place we never would have found without Tobi, who knows L.A. like the back of her hand. As you can see, it was a perfect spring day, but it was certainly no sacrifice to spend an hour or two taking in an amazing exhibition of African masks and other ceremonial paraphernalia--plus video footage of various ceremonies ca. 1960s and 1970s.