How to Do the Rain Room at LACMA and Not Get Wet (Unless You Want to)

5 insider tips to consider ahead of your visit
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Barely a week ago, Drake made a splash with his glowing pink and orange James Turrell knock-off  inspired music video, but the art world has moved on. We’ve already spotted the location for Drizzy’s future fine-art follow-up: LACMA’s new installation Rain Room, created by London-based artist collective Random International. The West Coast debut of the massive exhibition features computer-modulated torrents that operate via a super-techy closed loop system. Which means we water-starved Angelenos can delight in moving in and out of the darkly-lit downpour without getting wet—or feeling guilty, as the 528 gallons are recycled and reused, with minimal waste. (Side note: Drake’s awkward, oft-mocked moves from “Hotline Bling” could fit right in here—someone make a Vine of him dodging drops).

The artwork, which opens to the public on November 1 and runs through March 6, 2016, has already sold 17,000 advanced tickets (a LACMA record), so this show is going to be a must-see. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek and asked the experts at LACMA how best to enjoy the typical 15-minute visit.

Wear flat shoes
Forgo the fashion. Rain Room is sheer high-heel hell. Not only is the area, you know, soaking wet, but the perforated flooring will snag a stiletto. What’s more, security will not allow people wearing heels into the exhibit. Stick with sneakers, or better yet, bust out those Wellies from the back of your closet.

Throw on an extra layer of light-colored clothing
The atmosphere inside Rain Room feels like San Francisco in January. The only real source of wattage is a spotlight blaring from one corner of the space. So if you want to be visible to your friends and in a photo, sport something that will show up in near-darkness.

The best time—and place—to take a photo is when you first walk in
The artists will tell you that part of the purpose behind the installation is in the physical interaction with art and technology. But hey, you still want that Instagram #RainRoom photo. The best angle to shoot is from the entrance point, where the spotlights cast an X-like glow. Step into the downpour and let your friend snap a backlit shot.

Walk through the exhibit like a bride marching down the aisle
Walk too fast and you get wet. The thing is, you don’t realize how quickly your feet move until you’re punished by sheets of moisture. Stepping forward, one cautious foot at a time, is the best way to soak up the exhibition without getting drenched.

Go as a duo—not a big group
Space is limited to around 20 people at a time. What’s more, when too many people congregate under one portion of the installation, the drops stop completely—which isn’t fun. Get your money’s worth by going with just two or three people and save the group outing for Friday’s outdoor jazz nights.

Los Angeles: where rain is ogled in museums. #rainroom

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