Monday, January 31, 2011

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

This weekend we headed out to L.A. to see one of our favorite bands, Les Savy Fav, play at the Echoplex. If you're not familiar with Les Savy Fav, check them out on Youtube and you'll see why we'd drive all the way from Phoenix to see them. It was terrific.

The next day, on the suggestion of a friend, we visited the Museum of Jurassic Technology. It's in Culver City. Housed in an unassuming building, the museum displays artistic oddities and far out concepts of art, science, and philosophy. My two favorite exhibits were the collection of superstitions called "Tell the Bees: Belief, Knowledge, and Hypersymbolic Cognition: An exhibit of pre-scientific cures and remedies" and Micromosaics of Harold "Henry" Dalton.  From the "Tell the Bees" exhibit I learned what sin eating was and how people used to salt and burn their lost teeth. Really fascinating.

This is from the Harold Dalton exhibit. Dalton made works of mosaic-like art so tiny you need a microscope to see them. They have a room with two rows of microscopes set up and you need to look through the microscope to see the artwork. There were lots of other cool exhibits too and it didn't take too long to see everything if you didn't let yourself get overwhelmed with reading.

1 comment:

Honey Girl said...

Aw you forgot to mention that they serve ridiculously delicious tea on the second floor! ;)