Chris Burden: Metropolis II

January 14 through 31, 2013

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 Get directions

(323) 857-6000


On view only at scheduled times, Burden’s massive cityscape is a monument to the quality of quantity, a classic Burden shock-and-awe technique. Thousands of matchbox-sized cars zip among buildings and trains, creating a cacophonous, mesmerizing tableau. It suggests a giant gerbil habitat, and is no doubt meant to appeal to that urban sense of being rats in a maze. Outstanding, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining. Bring the kids; bring the grandparents. A guaranteed crowd pleaser.

also by Rainey Knudson

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