Photos: Watch This Egg-Shaped Museum Make Its Way Through L.A.
The Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (NuMu), a six-foot wide egg-shaped structure from Guatemala billed as "the world's smallest contemporary art museum," is being installed at LACMA on Monday after a hero's journey involving a Kickstarter campaign and a 3,000-mile road trip through Mexico and Texas. Like so many of L.A.'s residents, the NuMu traveled a long and winding road to get here, one that the museum (and friends) chronicled on Twitter and Instagram via a #NuMu2LACMA hashtag.
Once installed, the NuMu—a former drive-thru egg-selling kiosk—will be the hub of LACMA's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles housed at different arts institutions across Southern California.
Before NuMu could set up shop at LACMA, though, the mighty egg had to brave the mean streets of Los Angeles, which it did with aplomb—check out the NuMu's journey below.
First, the NuMu made a pit stop in Glendale on Sunday for a show at the newly opened Ruberta Gallery, a collaborative exhibition space shared by artistic collectives from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Guatemala.
Next, the NuMu took a tour through the winding streets of Silver Lake, where it doubtless made numerous cameos in artistically filtered Instagrams. Morning in Silver Lake can be a rough scene for a giant egg; the NuMu should count itself lucky that nobody tried to steal it, fry it, set it atop a piece of spelt toast and sell it for $14 at any of the neighborhood's breakfast haunts.
Life in Los Angeles isn't all art exhibitions and Insta-friendly vistas, as the NuMu discovered in an inevitable "stuck-in-traffic" photo op. Remember when you arrived in L.A., bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and full of hope, and came to the sinking realization that you'd be spending at least an hour per day of your new Cali lifestyle trapped between Priuses on the 5?
When it finally reached its new home and LACMA, the NuMu was greeted with signs reading "Hola NuMu!" and "Huevo Huevo."
Welcome to Los Angeles, NuMu. The L.A. Rams give us free doughnuts and coffee sometimes, we like to share our morning commute with farm animals, and our mayor has an IMDb page. We have a sneaky feeling you're going to love it here.