Urban Light at LACMA

I haven’t been to Los Angeles in over ten years, but I recently saw slides of Urban Light, a work by Chris Burden, during a lecture by Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Urban Light assembles rows of 1920s and 30s street lamps disposed from towns around Los Angeles – it’s a compact expression of the area, gleaming and compelling. It feels like vintage Hollywood saying hello to LACMA visitors. I feel elegant considering it.

Photo: LACMA.

So until you and I can make it out to Los Angeles to see it, visit LACMA’s website. See an online exhibition of photographs of Urban Light from LACMA visitors, here. And if you feel moved, you can like it on Facebook.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.