6 Perfect Spring Outfits Inspired By L.A.'s Coolest Art Shows

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When visiting a museum, the point is to view what’s on display, right? Right. But, wait, what about that girl over there in that perfect outfit? Where did she get those shoes? Is that bag vintage? 

The art scene is full of observers, whether what they're viewing is part of the exhibition or someone else's outfit that was inspired by the exhibition — and that's okay! (Did we just blow your mind?) Of course, you can wear whatever you want to a gallery, but why not let the art you're excited to see shape the way you put yourself together that morning? Consider it a sign of respect.

To get your creativity flowing, we've rounded up some of our favorite art shows running in L.A. this spring that are worth a visit and a good outfit. Luckily for you, we’ve done most of the legwork. Now, all you have to do is get up, get dressed, and let the inspiration flow!

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Photo: Courtesy of LACMA.
The Exhibit: "Larry Sultan: Here And Home"

With over 200 photographs spanning nearly four decades, Larry Sultan's first retrospective is jaw-dropping; this is definitely a show you don't want to miss. A California native with an eye for color, Sultan captured moments in a way that makes you feel like life has just been paused. The vividness and beautiful composition of each image begs a second look.

When: Now through Sunday, July 19
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.
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The Outfit:
To pay tribute to the launch of Sultan’s photography career back in the '70s, we suggest a bright, retro look. Try pairing a thin sweater with a printed, tailored short and wedges. To add some texture, a woven accessory is always a safe bet. Top it off with some tortoiseshell frames, and you’re all retro-ed out.
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Photo: Courtesy of MOCA.
The Exhibit: "Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger"

MOCA is the first American museum to exhibit Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus’ work, and it's certainly worth checking out. The German-born fashion designers, who recently relocated to Beachwood Canyon, explain that the exhibition is a response to the "uniformity of consumerism" in the industry. Translation? It’s bright, rowdy, and super-stimulating!

When: Now through Sunday, May 17
Where: MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue (at North San Vicente Avenue); 310-289-5223.
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The Outfit:
Naturally, wearing a standout item is highly recommended. For example, a white leather skirt with tassel detail. It’s important to tone down this statement piece with a casual tee and a staple bag, so you don’t look like you’re trying too hard. And, for the finishing touch? Have some fun with the shoe. May we suggest a throwback to the jelly sandal?
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Photo: Courtesy of Leica Gallery.
The Exhibit: "Photographs By Lenny Kravitz"

This is Lenny Kravitz’s first photo show, and L.A. is its first stop! How lucky are we? Kravitz has taken a series of photographs with his trusty, manual Leica and turned its lens on the paparazzi, making the hunters the hunted, if you will. It’s an exhibit that plays with perspective and sheds a bit of light on how it feels to be the focal point of a roaring crowd.

When: Now through Monday, April 6
Where: Leica Gallery, 8783 Beverly Boulevard (at North Robertson Boulevard); 424-777-0341.
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The Outfit:
With that rocker vibe in mind, throw on a graphic T-shirt and a trusty pair of black skinny jeans. Then, channel your inner celebrity by adding a level of incognito to your look — i.e., some shades and a long coat. Keep the accessories effortless yet interesting, like a printed bucket bag and metallic sandals. You might even get paparazzi’d.
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Photo: Courtesy of Robert von Sternberg.
The Exhibit: "Human/Nature: Photographers Constructing The Natural World"

Nature photography with a twist? Count us in. While it’s common to see serene nature scenes, these photographers capture those moments when humans collide with the environment. One of our favorite shots: this completely vacant, snowy wonderland with a singular orange construction cone.

When: Now through Monday, August 31
Where: Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Boulevard (near North Orange Grove Boulevard); 626-449-6840.
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The Outfit:
A darker-paletted outfit with a pop of color seems appropriate here. We’ve opted for a "natural" outfit. Try an easy shirtdress, silky scarf, classic watch, espadrille sneakers, and a bright mini-crossbody.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paul Getty Museum.
The Exhibit: "J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free"

Regardless of whether or not you saw the movie Mr. Turner, you must see this influential painter’s exhibit at The Getty. It’s a massive collection of Turner’s oil paintings as well as watercolors, and his technique is awe-inspiring. The color palette is completely serene, and could not be matched by any season more than spring.

When: Now through Sunday, May 24
Where: Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive (near Beverly Park Drive); 310-440-7300.
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The Outfit:
White denim just feels right — especially in an overall rendition. Slip on a ribbed knit in a contrasting color, then stick to neutrals when it comes to accessories. Tossing on a backpack and simple sandals keeps the look casual and fresh.
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Photo: Courtesy of Iwan Baan.
The Exhibit: "Provocations: The Architecture And Design Of Heatherwick Studio"

Into design? The beauty of this exhibit is that it showcases stunning diversity in aesthetic and project type — and we're talking about the capabilities and accomplishments of a single studio. No wonder people consider Thomas Heatherwick a genius.

When: Now through Sunday, May 24
Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (near Westwood Boulevard); 310-443-7000.
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The Outfit:
For this show, play it simple. A sleek trouser with a subtly detailed white tank keeps it understated yet cool. Then, add some sculptural jewelry and a classic sandal, and you’re all set!

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