One of the hearts of art is its ability to surprise, to present a fresh idea or concept quite suddenly, when only days before the concept in question had not been there.
The short of it: A long run-up isn't required to introduce fresh work, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in this spirit, is presenting a pop-up, just-announced, screening-almost-immediately short film from director Steve McQueen with performer Kanye West.
"All Day/I Feel Like That" is a nine-minute movie based on a pair of Mr. West's own tunes by those titles.
The pop-up exhibition is the film's U.S. premiere.
The film bows at the Miracle Mile art institution on Saturday, July 25 with a duration totaling less than a week: Run time is over four days, through Tuesday, July 28. Weekend hours for the film are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Monday and Tuesday hours are 11 to 5 o'clock.
The ground floor of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum serves as the film's screening venue and the cost to get in is included with LACMA admission (so seeing the work is free for members).
Mr. McQueen, whose "12 Years a Slave" from 2013 won the Academy Award for Best Picture, has a taken an interesting approach to the film: It's all one take, so the full nine minutes are a flow comprising a single shot.
More revelations are to come with the debut of the film, but how it reflects Mr. West's songs, and interprets the lyrics, will likely be a lively conversation among fans.
Also, the stark setting may capture audience fancies and later discussion: "All Day/I Feel Like That" was made at "a historic dockyard outside of London."
LACMA does make a note that "the video includes strong language that may not be suitable for younger audiences."
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