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Liza Lou: Back Yard and Kitchen Artist Project Series

Main Gallery May 9–Jul 5, 1998

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Liza Lou, Back Yard and Kitchen, 1998, Installation view (detail)

Commenting on the ”perfect” domestic lifestyle strived for in Southern California’s sprawling suburban neighborhoods, Back Yard, an installation by artist Liza Lou, transformed the museum into the quintessential back yard. Remarkably, everything in the setting–from the one million blades of grass to the barbecue grill and the picnic table laden with food–was constructed from tiny beads. In conjunction with this momentous unveiling of Lou’s new work, the Museum also presented Kitchen, a 1995 installation from the collection of Eileen and Peter Norton. This exhibition was the most comprehensive presentation of this Los Angeles artist’s work to date. Smart Art Press published an accompanying catalog.