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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:13

The Rain Room Goes on View at LACMA

The Rain Room when it was installed at MoMA. The Rain Room when it was installed at MoMA. Flickr

Half the fun of an actual rainstorm is that the deluge is unpredictable, a natural outburst whose duration is unknown and whose force fluctuates according to invisible conditions like wind and temperature. The "calm before the storm before the calm" injects a dimension of abstract narrative.

It tends to be messy and unruly.

In "Rain Room," the immersive installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that simulates a heavy downpour, the messiness is all cleaned up — smoothed out, unruffled and neatly organized for your 15 minutes of viewing pleasure. It's a Minimalist storm.

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