LACMA’s near acre of new exhibition space, the Resnick Pavilion, means LACMA has a lot of exhibitions to program. And they seem up to the task. After the three inaugural shows (Olmec, Fashion, and Eye for the Sensual), LACMA has managed to keep the Resnick Pavilion at full capacity. There are three shows currently in the space: David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy, Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts, and LACMA’s ticketed blockbuster: Tim Burton. The shows keep with Michael Govan’s strategy for offering unrelated coinciding shows in the Resnick Pavilion.
Across from the Resnick Pavilion, is Renzo Piano’s other LACMA building, BCAM; it too has been kept full. The top floor is still stocked with Broadworks, the second floor is being deinstalled from the recent permanent collection show Human Nature, and the ground floor just had one of the massive Serra sculptures deinstalled, to make room for a new Burden work, which is going to be AWESOME.
But these two buildings aren’t the only places worth visiting at LACMA. There is also a calligraphy show: The Sound of One Hand, a focused by beautiful traveling show: The Mourners, as well as a curious exhibition slash PR tactic called Possible Worlds. Possible Worlds is a gathering of objects from LACMA’s encyclopedic collection. The mini installation is inspired by the Watts’s Towers; LAMCA is currently offering conservation council and marketing support to the folk art tour de force. This show would be the marketing support, but come on the Burden L.A.P.D. Uniforms were just so obvious.
There is also a smorgasbord of installations strewn across LACMA’s campus: a collaborative project with LAND, Teresa Margolles; screening of LACMA’s newly-acquired masterpiece, Christian Marclay’s The Clock (oh didn’t you hear, it won a big award in Venice), and a familiar Penetrable work by Jesús Rafael Soto (the one in Suprasensorial was blue, but this one is neon lime). Did I mention LACMA also just completed the reinstallation of its European painting and sculpture collection? And they still have another exhibition opening this summer, Ai WeiWei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, opening August 20. LACMA had an impressive 21 exhibitions and installations this summer!
How impressive?—Let’s compare. I checked out the Metropolitan and the Art Institute of Chicago’s summer offerings and made the above table. The Met had a total of 15 exhibitions including its blockbuster Alexander McQueen show. The Art Institute has a total of 14 exhibitions, including its newly reopened African Art and Indian Art of the Americas (this name sucks) galleries. Geez, LACMA, you’re kicking ass!
AND OMG, PLEASE DEAR GOD, LET THIS BE TRUE! Koons’s Train, might actually happen…Oh and another levitated mass, Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass is due to arrive at LACMA in a few weeks. Kicking so much ass!