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Artist Interview—Lauren Halsey: The Roof Garden Commission

May 10 6 MINUTES
Go behind the scenes with artist Lauren Halsey, who discusses the inspiration and making of The Met’s 2023 Roof Garden Commission.

American artist Lauren Halsey (b. 1987, Los Angeles) has created a full-scale architectural structure imbued with the collective energy and imagination of the South Central Los Angeles Community where she was born and continues to work. Titled "the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I)," the installation is designed to be inhabited by The Met’s visitors, who will be able to explore its connections to sources as varied as ancient Egyptian symbolism, 1960s utopian architecture, and contemporary visual expressions like tagging that reflect the ways in which people aspire to make public places their own.

On view April 18th through October 22nd, 2023.

Learn more about the exhibition:

Supported by

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Additional support is provided by The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation, the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, and Vivian and Jim Zelter.

The catalogue is made possible by the Mary and Louis S. Myers Foundation Endowment Fund.

Production Credits:

Director: Kate Farrell
Senior Producer: Melissa Bell
Editor: Stephanie Wuertz
Jib Camera: Kelly Richardson
Camera: Jeff Johnson, Brad Wickham
Production Coordinator: Lela Jenkins
Production Assistants: Lucas Groth, Angelina Ding
Sound: David Raymond
Music: Austin Fisher
Timelapse Photography: Wilson Santiago
Special thanks to: Lauren Halsey, Abraham Thomas, Diana Craig Patch, and Elizabeth Fiorentino

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