LACMALab Exhibitions 2000 -2006:

Made in California : NOW

The inaugural LACMALab Exhibition
Boone Children's Gallery, LACMA West
September 7, 2000, through September 3, 2001

Come to see and make art, make noise, bounce in a padded room, look for treasures under a green wave, climb a rope, play on swings, make a sand sculpture, be famous (for a few minutes, anyway), and follow the yellow boots on big adventures.

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SEEING (2001-2002)
November 18, 2001 - September 2, 2002

This exhibition explores the concept of "seeing" by raising questions and challenging notions of expectation, perception, and viewpoint. Nine L.A.-based artists have been commissioned to create participatory installations that investigate ways of seeing, drawing upon the permanent collection as a resource, springboard, or provocation for visitor engagement. The charge to the artist had two specific conditions: that the installation incorporate an object from the collection, and that it appeal equally to both child and adult. An adult seeing the expected in an unexpected way can be as surprised as a child seeing something for the very first time. Does the direct experience of seeing become the beginning of knowledge, or does knowledge determine what you see? Or can there be a suspension of knowledge and a questioning of what is "known"? Seeing is an active process here: seeing is doing, creating, entering, inhabiting, and understanding.

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MAKING (2002-2003)

November 24, 2002 - September 1, 2003

An unprecedented collaboration between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and five major art schools in Los Angeles has produced the next LACMALab exhibition in LACMA's Boone Children's Gallery. Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA have assembled teams of students and faculty artists and designers to create participatory installations that investigate the process of making art. A team of students and faculty from the University of Southern California Museum Studies Program will provide a unique analysis of the Śmaking' of MAKING, which will be presented to the public throughout the exhibition. Internationally noted Los Angeles architecture firm Frederick Fisher and Partners has designed the overall space.

NANO (2003-2004)
December 14, 2003 - September 6, 2004

Two UCLA professors-media and net artist Victoria Vesna and nanoscience pioneer James Gimzewski-are at the forefront of the intersection of art and science. Their groundbreaking project, 'NANO', on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Boone Children's Gallery, presents the world of nanoscience through a participatory aesthetic experience. The exhibition, a collaboration between LACMALab and a UCLA team of nanoscience, media arts, and humanities experts.

The exhibition seeks to provide a greater understanding of how art, science, culture and technology influence each other. Modular, experiential spaces using embedded computing technologies engage all of the senses to provoke a broader understanding of nanoscience and its cultural ramifications. The various components of "nano" are designed to immerse the visitor in the radical shifts of scale and sensory modes that characterize nanoscience, which works on the scale of a billionth of a meter. Participants can feel what it is like to manipulate atoms one by one and experience nano-scale structures by engaging in art-making activities.

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Michael Asher Student Reinstallation Project
June 29 - March 14, 2004

An innovative collaboration among the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), students from Fairfax High School, and renowned Los Angeles artist Michael Asher has resulted in a dramatically different gallery environment for works from LACMA's modern and contemporary art collections. The installation, conceived entirely by the students, depicts an industrial cityscape from the tumultuous period between the two World Wars when many of the works were created. This project gave local students a rare, behind-the-scene experience within a museum, while giving museum professionals and the artist a unique opportunity to explore how young adults view art.