For the love of the chase
"Four bowler hats. some coffee cups and neckties have enough (are fed-up) and revolt from 11:50-12 a.m.," wrote prolific German artist Hans Richter, who fought in World War I, became a pacifist and fled Europe after Nazis labeled him a "degenerate artist" in 1941. "The chase of the rebellious [objects] threads the story." He was describing his 1928 film, Ghosts Before Breakfast, a stop-motion film in which those "rebellious" hats blow back and forth in uncanny unison and, at one point, men stroke their beards as the beards disappear. Soon they are clean-shaven and stroking air. Excerpts from the film pop up like a catchy refrain in different rooms of Richter's expansive exhibition at LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; through Sept. 2. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 5. Continues through Sept. 2, 2013
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