MoLAA's Immersive Judy Baca Experience Is Actually Pretty Good
Pop-up van Gogh attractions have given immersive a bad name. But there's a surprisingly effective projected-painting display in the Museum of Latin American Art's Judy Baca retrospective. One room displays a panning, floor-to-ceiling projection of Baca's Great Wall of Los Angeles. The Tujunga Wash mural is one of the best-known but least understood works of public art in L.A. Conceived as a people's history of Los Angeles, it is generally encountered at random points along its half-mile length, scrambling the chronology. MoLAA's immersive version allows you to binge-watch Baca's history, from Episode 1.
The van Gogh tourist traps blow up precious brushwork of 36-inch paintings to trumpet their importance. There is nothing precious about the Great Wall's facture. It's executed in a simplified, storybook style, mostly by some 400 collaborators, and has gone through cycles of weathering and restoration. The interesting thing about the Great Wall is its giddy ambition as a 2754-ft.-wide history painting. The projection allows you to encompass that as the original probably won't.
|Judy Baca, When God Was a Woman, 1980-2021|
|Gabriella Sanchez, In a Word, 2018|