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LACMA Walkthrough of Sympathetic Imagination

LACMA Walk-Through from Diana Thater on Vimeo.

Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination (From Vol. 43, no. 5)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
November 22,–February 21, 2016

Jody Zellen

Diana Thater’s exhibition The Sympathetic Imagination at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an installation of installations. In this first museum survey spanning twenty-five years of Thater’s work, rather than recreate her chronological development, the exhibition flows both within the museum and across the world, moving from Monet’s gardens at Giverny, France, to Chernobyl, Ukraine, to Jaipur, India, as viewers traverse the LACMA campus. Carefully orchestrated, the installation flows through the museum’s architecture, moving in and out of specifically designed spaces illuminated by projections and colored lights. The placement of projectors, monitors, and cables—treated as necessary givens and formal props—is conspicuous. Video display, as projection or on monitors, is the platform through which Thater shares her worldview…

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