Lutter's project documents not only 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, but also the interiors of selected galleries to create images that follow in the grand tradition of 19th-century “gallery paintings” of museum interiors. Using her camera obscura method, Lutter has also photographed paintings in LACMA’s permanent collection. Although Lutter has previously photographed classical and modern sculptures, this is her first time using her camera obscura to photograph two-dimensional works of art.
Vera Lutter’s work has been recognized by many periodicals including Artforum, ARTnews, Art in America, BOMB, and The New York Times; as well as books including 100 Contemporary Artists (Taschen), The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson), and Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon).
Lutter recently sat down with LACMA CEO Michael Govan and spoke about her ongoing artist residency at LACMA. (Please see the video below.)