Project Documentation – LACMA

2017

Vera Lutter Project Documentation – LACMA

For her residency at LACMA, Lutter undertook an ambitious project with three components.

First, using a custom-built mobile camera, she documented exterior views of the buildings on LACMA’s campus that are slated for demolition to make room for a new building for the museum’s permanent collection.

Second, working with LACMA curators, Lutter photographed the interiors of selected galleries to create images that follow in the grand tradition of 19th-century “gallery paintings” of museum interiors.

Third, using her camera obscura method, she has photographed paintings in LACMA’s permanent collection. Although Lutter has previously photographed classical and modern sculptures, this will be her first time using her camera obscura to photograph two-dimensional works of art.