Vera Lutter

Highlights from Vera Lutter's Ongoing Residency at LACMA

Since February of 2017, New York-based artist and MFA Photo/Video alumni Vera Lutter has been engaged in an ambitious residency at LACMA, making large-scale photographs of LACMA’s campus and collections.

LACMA with YANG NA, 2011-PRESENT, III: March 14, 2017

LACMA with YANG NA, 2011-PRESENT, III: March 14, 2017

African Figure: June 27, 2017

African Figure: June 27, 2017

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.)

To learn more about Lutter's residency visit LACMA Unframed, or Vera Lutter's website for more information.

Vera Lutter documents LACMA before $600-million makeover

Every now and again artists are in the right position to participate and contribute in a pivotal moment of a museum’s history. Vera Lutter (class of 1995) is transitioning through such a moment as she partakes in the year-long artist-in-residence tenure at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Beginning this past spring continuing through March 2018 Lutter will undertake an ambitious project documenting 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.

Artist Vera Lutter in her studio at LACMA, with CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. Image courtesy of LACMA.

Artist Vera Lutter in her studio at LACMA, with CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. Image courtesy of LACMA.

Image courtesy of Vera Lutter.

Image courtesy of Vera Lutter.

Lutter makes large-scale photographs using one of the oldest optical technologies still in use, that of the camera obscura. This will be the first time she has trained her technique on two-dimensional objects, which in the end will require nine months of exposure to craft her images culminating in an exhibition in fall 2018. For more details on her collaboration with LACMA, please click here.