Drive Through Art In The Time Of Corona
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.” Elizabeth Edwards
Drive through attractions are an innovative solution to the social distancing challenges presented by Covid 19. Drive In movie theaters are making a comeback.
The Van Gogh Exhibit in Toronto, Gogh By Car, is an immersive drive through experience of art, light, sound, movement and imagination. It sounds like fun.
We had our first drive through art experience this past weekend. The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Hyundai, and the Hollywood Palladium got together and developed a plan for something special. Driven: A Latinx Artist Celebration was free with online tickets.
Now that the pandemic has closed public restrooms (not that I even want to use them), going anywhere involves liquid intake planning. It did not help that it was 110 degrees in Hollywood and I could have used some water.
Our tickets were for 12:00 pm on the first day of the exhibit. I believe it was the first time slot. Lesson one about a drive though art exhibition would be don’t go on the first day so they can iron out the kinks.
It took us fifty minutes to get there after a large morning coffee. We then had to wait forty five minutes. Even though they said you cannot leave the car, I got out to try and walk my dog. At least one of us could pee.
When we finally got in there, it was really cool.
I’m a fan of Hispanic Art so the paintings were interesting to me.
The artwork was by Judth Hernandez, Denise Lopez, Steffano Alvarez, Carlos Almaraz, Diana Gomez, Patssi Valdez, Chiachio and Giannone, Norbert Rodriguez and Delmer Mejia.
There is a playlist that you can access on your radio while driving through the exhibit.
It was such an inspiration to see the way that the artists and curators have demonstrated resilience and creativity by pivoting to a drive-through experience during this challenging time.
. Drive ins are the perfectly distanced social events. I hope there will be more of these.