Happy Birthday Nancy

This is LACMA’s catalogue picture of Richard Serra’s monumental work “Band” (2003) that has been sitting here at LACMA since the BCAM building opened in 2008. It’s 12 ft high and more than 70 ft long and made of steel.

From the LA Times: “The installation alone — finessed while the building was under construction — was a highly synchronized, 10-day effort by a trusted crew that works 12-hour days. The work consists of enormous panels that must be aligned within a 32nd of an inch.”

Sharon and Nancy and I visited LACMA, where Nancy is a docent, in honor of Nancy’s birthday and where we enjoyed lunch at the ever lovely Ray’s and Stark.

Construction moves on apace with BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion the only buildings open.
LACMA’s picture. It doesn’t look like this! The birds are hanging in the shadows under the overhang as you can barely see from the picture on the right.

I wanted to see this new piece and I’ll tell you it was odd for sure.

A different work by the same artist that might help illuminate the skeletal quality of the new sculpture. It’s not that he doesn’t know what a bird looks like…

“A kinetic sculptural work by Yassi Mazandi, Language of the Birds takes its name and theme from an epic 12th-century Persian poem by Farid al-Din ‘Attar, a parable about a mystical quest for God, a spiritual home, or even our own highest good. The mission is undertaken by 100 birds seeking a worldly ruler—the mythical Simurgh. Many birds perish along the way until 30 remain, only to realize they themselves are the Simurgh (literally “30 birds” in Persian). The stark, abstract bronze sculptures are suspended from the north side of the Resnick Pavilion. Stripped of feathers, Mazandi’s dramatic birds evoke ‘Attar’s powerful mystical poem universalizing the quest for meaning. They also call to mind today’s key issue—climate change—and the ways in which it imperils many avian species and contributes to human migration, often accompanied by dangerous journeys and inhospitable reception.”

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Also not my photo but I was really feeling it this time, maybe because I had so recently traveled many miles on Mulholland Drive. David Hockney’s Mulholland Drive: The Road To The Studio (1980).
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