"HAUNTED SCREENS: GERMAN CINEMA IN THE 1920s" EXHIBITION DESIGN BY MICHAEL MALTZAN & AMY MURPHY OPENING AT LACMA SEPTEMBER 21
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), in collaboration with La Cinémathèque française, presents the Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s exhibition, whose installation was designed by Amy Murphy and Michael Maltzan with Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. The exhibition is organized around five primary themes: Madness and Magic; Myths and Legends; Cities and Streets; Machines and Murderers; and a subsection contained within Machines and Murderers called Stairs. Overall, the show features film clips, photographs, posters, documents, and cameras representing 25 films, 20 artists, and 14 directors.
Said the codesigners of the exhibition: “One of the most compelling aspects of German Expressionist cinema is the works’ use of dramatic spatial sequences as an inherent part of storytelling. Without trying to mimic the iconic aesthetic of this movement, we looked instead to provide visitors with a way to engage the spirit of the works through a contemporary series of forms and spaces. The exhibition’s architectural elements intentionally create an undulating dialogue between dark and light, inside and outside, space and form, rupture and unity—highlighting the simultaneous and often overlapping worlds of art, film, and design so often represented within each film’s production.”
Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s will be on view from September 21, 2014 through April 26, 2015, in the Art of the Americas building at LACMA. An exhibition walkthrough with Michael Maltzan and Amy Murphy is scheduled for Monday, October 20, 2014.