Rain Room

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Random International's Rain Room at MoMA
Photograph: Virginia Rollison Random International's Rain Room at MoMA

LACMA is no stranger to popular, headline-grabbing exhibitions (see: James Turrell), but the Miracle Mile museum is entering a new territory of "Mona Lisa"-like mania with the arrival of "Rain Room." The wet wonder from art collective Random International is quite literally a massive room filled with water raining from the ceiling—the twist being you stay dry while the room downpours around you. The timed-entry exhibition will allow up to 22 people in the gallery space during 15-minute sessions, with up to seven people under the rain at the same time. LACMA is hoping to cut down on the extreme lines that plagued the New York and London exhibitions with a pre-sale beginning October 21.

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tastemaker

The LACMA Rain Room was Amazing! It helps you get in tune with your senses by enjoying the rain around you and the light shining towards you. I've enjoyed it very much and it's definitely an experience. :) #TOTastemaker

tastemaker

The LACMA Rain Room provides an interactive experience in a town where due to drought, we rarely get to celebrate the rain. Although I knew it was an indoor rain experience, I was amazed to learn that one can stand under the rain, but not get wet! Part of me loved hearing the rain without getting wet, but I also enjoyed getting little splashes by children who were running around more quickly. Apparently the faster you move, you are likely to get wet.


It does not feel like you are standing in a meadow, however. There are really bright spotlights pointing in many directions. For me it made for really cool shadows and selfie opportunities and photos of others (as pictured) along the grey walls.


Immersing yourself in an art installation is not something you get to do everyday, so this is a great opportunity to enjoy the experience fully.




That was so unique and special! Rained everywhere but on me!

moderator

What an incredible experience—especially during this drought. The sight and sound of rain is so calming, and mixed with the need to move super slowly through the exhibit (giving time for the sensors to shut off the water, lest you get soaked), it's a truly meditative twenty minutes. There's also ample opportunity for beautiful silhouette photos and the best kind of people watching, as those around you move deliberately and with wonder through one of the most surprisingly moving exhibits that have come through LA in recent years.