Inside “Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I mean Me. I mean You.”

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Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I mean Me. I mean You. exhibition is a presentation of 20 years of artwork from the popular American artist.

Here is a look at” Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I mean Me. I mean You.”

A series of artwork

This exhibit showcases more than 33 artworks revised by the artist including collages, videos, wallpapers, and a sculpture. You will also find posters outside the LACMA, along Wilshire Boulevard, and hear audio throughout the museum.

About the artist

Born in New Jersey in 1945, Barbara Kruger started her career as a graphic designer. She started exposing her artwork in New York in 1970. She developed her signature style in the early 1980s: black and white images with juxtaposing captions. Her message is short and direct. She often used pronouns such as “I”, “You”, “We”, and “They”. 

Highlights 

Forever, 2017

Forever is an immersive room with multiple statements. The four walls and floor are covered with black and white uppercase writings. Size and perspective will intrigue the viewer. First, the eyes will catch the text in the magnifying glass. Then, looking closer, you will discover texts on the side walls and floor. These messages are still relevant to the current worldwide politics: war and women (body). 

And the messages end by: 

IN THE END, HOPE IS LOST

WAR FOR ME TO BECOME

Untitled (Selfie), 2021

Untitled (Selfie) is a room dedicated to your “self.” There is a warning message before entering the room: “Please stay to the left if you’d rather not be pictured while picturing. Or enter the space and enjoy your “self” .”

Your ‘Self” is debating between love and hate. Agree? 

For “I Hate Myself and You Love Me For It” and “I Love Myself and You Hate Me For It”

Article based on my visit in May 2022

Ready to explore Barbara’s artwork?


*COVD-19 update as of July 2022*

– Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others

– Please check L.A County’s health and safety protocols before your visit


Plan your visit:

  • Exhibit on view from March 20, 2021 – July 17, 2022
  • Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00am – 8:00pm on Friday and, 10:00 am-7:00pm on weekend. Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  • Admission: $25 per adult, free after 3 pm Monday-Friday for L.A County resident. Advance timed-entry reservations are recommended.
  • Duration: I spent 45 minutes discovering it.
  • Parking: paid on-site lot and street parking
  • More information is available at https://www.lacma.org/press/barbara-kruger

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