LACMA Reopens Outdoor Areas and Launches a New Outdoor Exhibit

A new installation work by Alex Prager will be on display for the first time

Over recent months, some local museums have reopened outdoor spaces to visitors–but LACMA, despite being in possession of a vast outdoor plaza at the center of its campus, has been more cautious about opening up the gates. It turns out they were taking their time, prepping a special experience for visitors. On November 21, guests will see LACMA reopen for the first time since March, complete with a totally new outdoor exhibition.

Visitors to LACMA will find the Smidt Welcome Plaza reopened, along with outdoor dining and takeout service at Ray’s and C+M cafes, both of which will be serving special seasonal offerings. An outdoor museum shop will have special merchandise and gift items.

The museum’s three iconic, large-scale outdoor installations–Chris Burden’s Urban Light, Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, and Yoshitomo Nara’s Miss Forest–will be available to view (and snap selfies with), and they’ll be joined by a new sculptural installation work by local artist Alex Prager.

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Alex Prager, Holiday Party, 2020, courtesy of Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London

Prager, known for hyperrealistic, satirical photographs and film works about contemporary life, has created a new and timely piece for the exhibit. Farewell, Work Holiday Parties looks at the sometimes-dodgy tradition of celebrating the season with drunken revelry amongst people you have to face at the office the next day–something that seems pretty distant from our 2020 existence.

“Through my work, I’ve been able to process things in the world that I’m questioning or struggling with, which is one of the many reasons I feel this piece is important for the current social climate.” Prager stated in an announcement of the exhibit. “Right now, during this strange and life-altering time, many of us are reprioritizing our lives and figuring out what actually matters to us.”

Outdoor spaces at LACMA will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, starting November 21. 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile. 

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