American artist Lauren Halsey has been tapped for this year’s rooftop commission at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Halsey will create a full-scale architectural structure imbued with the collective energy and imagination of the South Central Los Angeles Community where she was born and continues to work. Titled the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I), the installation is designed to be inhabited by The Met’s visitors, who will be able to explore its connections to sources as varied as ancient Egyptian symbolism, 1960s utopian architecture, and contemporary visual expressions like tagging that reflect the ways in which people aspire to make public places their own. The Roof Garden Commission: Lauren Halsey will be on view from May 17 through October 23, 2022.
Photo credit: Russell Hamilton, courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles and New York