LACMA’s Hot New Exhibit Is All Wet

By Michael Berick

Los Angeles attraction - Rain RoomWhether it is the drought or the El Niño forecast, water has been a constant topic of conversation in Los Angeles of late. Now there is a new reason to talk about water: the Rain Room at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org). Created by acclaimed U.K.-based artist collective Random International, this unique, large-scale art exhibit is making its West Coast debut there and will be a Los Angeles attraction through March 5.

This immersive installation fills an entire room in LACMA’s BCAM building, offering a memorable experience that is difficult to describe. Only a small group of visitors (18-22 people) can enter the Rain Room at one time. Once inside, a handful of people can walk into the “rain area” at the center of the room. The rain will pause when it detects a human body – but only if the person is moving slowly. That is the key. If you don’t move slowly, you will be wet (I know from experience).

The Rain Room is family friendly, although there are some rules. Advance reservations are required and you need to arrive at least 15-30 minutes before your entry time. Children need to be closely supervised. Adults must accompany kids 12 and younger; children 2 and younger may be carried into the exhibit with a ticketed adult at no additional charge, but strollers aren’t allowed into the building. The Rain Room is dark and wet, and has a metal grated floor (so high-heeled shoes aren’t recommended), so no running is allowed. Oh, and you can leave your umbrellas at home.

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