It's tucked back behind LACMA's Art of the Americas building and easy to miss, but Maria Nordman's Filmroom: Smoke, a pair of videos the artist made on the edge of the Pacific in the 1970s, is worth seeking out. Projected side by side in a room that allows only two visitors in at a time, the videos show a wild-haired man smoking in an overstuffed chair set on the sand right next to a big, craggy rock. A woman joins him later and intense sun makes the black-and-white footage mostly white, and transfixing. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; through Jan. 22. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org.
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