Various Small Fires at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Various Small Fires (Working Documents)
at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
May 30, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016
Various Small Fires (Working Documents) brings together artworks and documents from the LACMA archives to tell unusual or overlooked stories of the museum’s first 50 years. Ranging from items that outline a robot roaming the galleries to a Rembrandt painting traveling in disguise to a dog working as a security guard, this exhibit flares up minor, formative, and occasionally incendiary stories that have informed LACMA’s history.
To illuminate these anecdotes and to spark dialogues between objects and documents, Various Small Fires also features works in our collections by artists Reverend Ethan Acres, Barbara Bloom, Chris Burden, Michael Crowe, Eugenio Dittborn, Louise Lawler, Allan McCollum, Maria Nordman, Claes Oldenburg, Terrance O’ Shea, Jackson Pollock, Sanford Roth, Ed Ruscha, James Welling, and possibly George Brecht.
Additionally, the exhibition presents 50 portraits of people looking at art at LACMA—one per year, from 1965 through 2015.