Since it was installed along LACMA’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance in February 2008, artist Chris Burden’s "Urban Light" has become "an instant landmark" [New York Times]. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, in January 2009, LACMA launched an open call for online submissions of "Urban Light"-inspired photographs, videos, and writing – the result of which is colorfully presented in the book "Celebrating Urban Light". A commemorative feast for the eyes, "Celebrating Urban Light" features 150 photos, poems, and video stills chosen by Charlotte Cotton, LACMA’s curator and head of photography department, from over 1,000 submissions. The book also includes a foreword by LACMA CEO and Director Michael Govan, a preface by Charlotte Cotton, and an excerpt from a conversation between Chris Burden and Michael Govan.
Centrally located between the beach and downtown Los Angeles, LACMA is the only museum on the West Coast that has artwork covering the expanse of art history—from ancient to contemporary—and the globe. With more than 100,000 works of art, free daily tours, films, concerts, restaurants, and shops, our visitors—nearly a million annually—spend anywhere from an hour to an entire day exploring the museum.