A couple of weeks ago I finally made it over to see Levitated Mass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Levitated Mass became kind of big deal in L.A. In large part, because of what it took to get this 340-ton megalith, the 105 miles, from Riverside County to Wilshire and Fairfax. Actually, it's close to 6th Street, but anyway the rock finally made it, and so did I.
To get a better idea of the 11 day journey, that traveled no faster than 5 to 8 miles an hour, check out this YouTube video ...
Before heading to see levitated mass (above), we (my friend Marcello and I) walked through the other galleries. Here's a little sampling of what we saw. Remember to click on the photo to enlarge! :)
Group of Figures (Groupe de Personnages)
Egyptian relief ... I forgot to write down the info on this, but isn't it beautiful?!
Michael Heizer: Actual Size
"A series of fifteen individual photographic prints from 1970 of actual size monolithic rocks. Taken together, Levitated Mass and these installations make a statement about humanity that is both sweeping in scope and specific to our time. "We live in a world that's technologic and primordial simultaneously," Heizer has said. "I guess the idea is to make art that reflects this premise."
Sorry it's a little dark to see ...
Loved the life sized photos in the exhibition.
Marcello and I had some fun with this.
Italy, Naples c.1600
Polychromed and gilded, wood 70 inches
(he's up on a podium so he seems to hover over the gallery - he's beautiful and totally awesome! :)
Drouet, 1859 (Love how gorgeous and loose this Whistler is! He was the man!)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Print, Etching and drypoint
October (click to enlarge!!! This piece is so so beautiful!!!)
Oil on panel, 1882
The Cotton Pickers
Here we go! Heading down the 456-foot-long concrete slot, over which they placed the big old rock!
Love the play of light and shadow ...
There was a guy underneath it hanging out with his kid for awhile, which just seemed wrong. I ran.
And out I went ... to the other side.
The best thing, with all the hype of this rock coming, was that it has brought so many people to the museum!
For more on Levitated Mass click here.
Congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant
and broken the monotony of a decorous age.
Hope you are all enjoying the summer!
Blessings and light!