Rain (Room) to Continue at LACMA

The damp dazzler will enjoy an extended run at the Miracle Mile art museum.

"When will this rain ever end?" is a common, sigh-filled refrain often spoken by those who wish to play outdoors or host an alfresco party or stage a garden wedding.

It isn't, however, something art aficionados have been saying in the vicinity of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art these days. That's where the hugely buzzed-about "Rain Room," a wet, walk-into-the-weather installation, has been pouring since the fall of 2015.

Pouring and accommodating about 7 or 8 people at any one time, which means it has been one popular ticket, with booked-up slots aplenty.

One extension, announced in January, stuck an additional seven weeks on the end of its initial run. And back in January, well, April 24 looked like a long time a way, giving those people who longed to experience the unusual artwork a chance to see it.

April 24 is nigh -- so, so nigh -- but the weather report is positive for those who remain curious about the installation, which was created by Random International in London: Another extension was just announced, so don't stow those galoshes just yet.

But as so often happens with real-life rainstorms, there will be a brief break in the steady drizzle: "Rain Room" will briefly go dry, with a re-opening on Thursday, May 19 "for a limited engagement." 

That short-run extension concludes on July 12, so really and truly and honestly and we-mean-it-ly, this is the time you'll need to book your ticket. (Timed tickets are separate from museum admission and must be reserved ahead of time.)

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Did you hear all the talk about the artwork that simulated rainfall back when it was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City a few years ago? Have your Southern California neighbors been raving about it since November? Aren't you a bit curious about how it feels to step into a wall of falling water, only to have that water stop over the place where you stand?

Yes/yes/yes seem the likely answers, we'll wager. So don your mack, poncho, or slicker, if you like, or simply arrive as you are, as most people do, and enjoy one of the dazzling and damp experience before it dries up in the hot days of early July.

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