1. Metropolis II (The Movie)

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    A film about a sculpture by Chris Burden. Now on view at the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman Edited by Max Joseph

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    • CHRIS BURDEN : METROPOLIS II

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      Film by Eric Minh Swenson. On view at LACMA. Jori Finkel, LA Times : What do billionaire art collectors and train-obsessed 5-year-olds have in common? They're both drawn to Chris Burden's "Metropolis II," an epic art installation that looks like a toy racetrack or train set on speed. When Burden briefly opened his studio in Topanga Canyon a year ago to unveil the work, it was an instant hit with contemporary art collectors. One, Nicolas Berggruen, bought the work and promptly loaned it to LACMA for at least 10 years. Now it's also getting high marks from the preschool and grade-school set. The artwork does not officially go on display at LACMA until Jan. 14, but the museum organized a series of unannounced trial runs last week to take it through its final testing, and museum visitors of various ages found their way to the car-fueled spectacle. Granted, it was hard to actually hear every gasp over the din of the traffic — a loud sound effect that the artist has called a "happy accident." But you could see the excitement, with some kids running, jumping, or dragging their parents closer and others staring, mesmerized, like babies watching TV. The artwork, four years in the making, features about 1,100 Hot Wheels-sized (but custom-made) cars coursing so quickly through 18 lines of traffic that you can see 100,000 cars passing through the system in an hour. There are also about a dozen trains. It resembles a miniature city, complete with a tangle of freeways and pockets of buildings in various styles — a log cabin here, a glittering Art Deco skyscraper there, an Eiffel Tower lookalike in the distance. Caterina Roiatti from New York said her son Massimo, 5, spotted the exhibition from the Richard Serra sculpture just across the way. Her son was on the move, running in large circles around the piece. He moved too fast for a writer to talk to him. "He is obsessed," his mother said. "I don't know how we'll get him out of here." What was her reaction? "We're architects. I'm not so interested in the cars, but I like some of the buildings," Roiatti said. "They are simplified and abstract in interesting ways." Entertainment lawyer Erik Hyman, 43, was holding one of his 3-year-old twin daughters on his hip. Her reaction was of the silent sort: She reached out as if to grab a car. "You can't touch it because it's delicate," her father said. Then Hyman put his own reaction in words: "I am not a sophisticated art person," he said. "But I think this will be a gargantuan hit for the museum. Who wouldn't love it?" Nearby a group of twentysomething hair stylists, dressed in black shirts and black jeans or leggings, looked mesmerized. Rafael Mercado, Aaron Reid, and Alyssa Elliott said they were students at the Toni and Guy hair academy who just happened to follow the crowds to the gallery. All had smartphones out to take pictures. "I want this at my house. I want to live with it, or inside it. I don't really have the space for it, maybe I'd put it in the garage," said Mercado, who said it reminded him of how much he loved trains as a kid. "I still have a Thomas the Tank Engine pillow somewhere."

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      • Metropolis II / Chris Burden @ LACMA

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        • Metropolis II

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          By Chris Burden displayed at LACMA. Metropolis II is an intense and a complex kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to Burden, "The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city." Full post at http://thiscuratedlife.com/metropolis-ii/

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          • metropolis II

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            • Chris Burden's Metropolis II at LACMA.

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              Is it the ultimate kids playset, or a biting satire on the undending futility of 21st Century city living? Probably a bit of both. Bet you wish you'd kept all those Hotwheels you had as a kid now, right?

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              • Murs & Thes One: People Under The Stairs Live at Through The Mic: LACMA x Hip Hop - July 19, 2012

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                MURS and Thes One look ahead to the People Under The Stairs performance at LACMA on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 7 pm, as they join Skeme and VerBS at the thrid installment of Through The Mic: LACMA x Hip Hop. The concert is followed by an after-hours viewing of Chris Burden's "Metropolis II". Tickets and more information available at http://www.lacma.org/peopleunderthestairs. About Through The Mic: LACMA x Hip Hop Co-curated and hosted by LACMA and Murs, Through The Mic: LACMA x Hip Hop is the first museum hip hop concert series of its kind, that will explore contemporary Los Angeles hip hop music from May through October 2012. Concerts will take place on the third Thursday of every month, and will feature emerging and experimental L.A.-based hip hop artists. After each concert, select contemporary galleries are open late for concert-goers only. In collaboration with Cashmere Agency and Guerilla Union. For more information about the concert series, check out: http://www.lacma.org/peopleunderthestairs "Like" us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LACMA http://www.facebook.com/ThroughTheMic Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lacma Official Hashtag: #ThroughTheMic

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                • Metropolis II - LACMA

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                  • Burdens Metropolis LACMA

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                    An artist's appreciation of Chris Burden's Metropolis II installation at LACMA in Los Angeles.

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                    • Metropolis II at LACMA

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                      Super 8-ish video I took on my iPhone with the iSupr8 app.

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