The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, otherwise known as LACMA, is featuring a spectacular array of exhibits that not only cater to the devoted arts aficionados of Los Angeles, but also to virtually anyone who is blessed with the gift of sight.

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For those who are interested in the artworks of Ancient Mexico, Olmec would be the perfect exhibition with its vast collection ranging from enormous monumental sculptures of rulers to small, delicate, and detailed ornaments that shed light about the lifestyles of the people of the Olmec civilization.  The fact that Olmec artists created most of their artworks with nothing but basic tools (such rock, sand, and water) adds to the impressive nature of the works themselves, especially when it comes to the colossal sculpted pieces that weigh, quite literally, tons.

Adjacent to the Olmec exhibit is the notable Eye for the Sensual art collection, featuring selections from the Resnick Collection.  Lovers of ancient Greek mythology and the Classics would find this exhibition to be quite the pleasure to walk through, as the place is littered with artistic representations of various mythological creatures, characters, and events.  Here, one could find the sculpture of Cupid toying with a butterfly, the heart-rending depiction of Prometheus’ punishment after he delivered the gift of fire to man, along with Dionysus (both in his sober and inebriated state) and many more.

For those with more of an eye for fashion of old, the European Dress exhibit featuring fashion from 1700-1915 would surely satisfy even the most demanding fashion connoisseurs around.  The exhibition unfolds to visitors the spectrum of evolving fashion through passing time.  The attention to detail is breathtaking, the blending of different pieces of clothing is impeccable, and the stylistic decorations to some of the arrangements are, quite frankly, immensely pleasing in terms of aesthetics.

The three exhibitions mentioned above are only few amongst the many other currently on display in LACMA.  I, unfortunately, have been unable to visit all of them during my visit to LACMA due to time constraints, but upon leaving I was informed that the museum is also presenting the art of Andy Warhol and Picasso as well, which all but guaranteed a repeat visit upon my part in the near future.  Tickets cost $10, and a designated parking lot for museume guests is available right across the street.  The Olmec, Eye for the Sensual and Fashioning Fashion exhibits mentioned are all on display till January 9, 2011 and March 6, 2011 respectively.  Needless to say, this is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to spend an afternoon.

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