Los Angeles–based artist Liz Glynn will create a cycle of site-specific performances in response to monumental sculptures in LACMA’s collection. Glynn’s works consider the process of creating, moving, and erecting large-scale sculptures and the frequently Herculean human efforts necessary to do so. Centered on fundamental questions of human ambition and why we build, Glynn’s performances will grapple with the relationship between human scale and monumental form in sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Alexander Calder, Donald Judd, and Richard Serra, among others.
Glynn’s performances will take place episodically throughout 2013. Each will center around a different quality of monumentality, drawing inspiration from LACMA’s archives and outside sources. In the first performance, “The Myth of Singularity (after Rodin),” Glynn will work with a group of sculptors to explore the process of replication, recombination, and shifts in material and scale often used by Rodin in producing works later regarded as singular acts of brilliance.