A few weeks ago I was invited by LACMA’s Collections Manager, Lana Johnson, to a very special art opening in her office—a “break opening,” as in, come during your fifteen-minute coffee break. The invitation mentioned free cookies; I was sold.
Lana had commissioned the work on view from Senior Art Preparator and artist Steve Craig. Inspiration came to Steve from a conversation with Lana where she told him of her never-ending quest to find space for the storage and protection of LACMA’s permanent collection as well as the crates that contain them—a dilemma that often prompts her to ask herself: Where am I supposed to put this?
So, Steve set to work, creating “Where Am I Supposed to Put This,” an installation that consists of a wall contraption that mimics a rudimentary balance. At each side of the balance hang two small crates made to resemble those used here at the museum to transport and house artwork—logos, markings, and all.