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Vera Lutter
Michael Govan

Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:30pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Director Michael Govan will speak with Vera Lutter about her ongoing artist residency at LACMA. Since January 2017, Lutter has been documenting the museum using camera obscura, creating photographs that examine the museum’s exterior architecture, gallery interiors, and permanent collection. Govan and Lutter will discuss the artist’s process, and how her project offers a unique perspective on LACMA’s history and future. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at www.lacma.org.

Vera Lutter, The Death of Lucretia: February 10, 2017, 2017 © Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, The Death of Lucretia: February 10, 2017, 2017 © Vera Lutter

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Installation view, Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 29–August 9, 2020. Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA

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Nothing is solid in memory. Our minds only hold on to traces, outlines—and that is what my photographs portray.
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