LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (BAPF) will present Loitering is Delightful, an exhibition that brings together 10 LA artists to explore the joyful possibilities of slowing down, particularly relevant in this fast-paced digital age. Taking place at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from Oct 31 – Jan 12 – with an opening reception on Sun, Oct 27 from 2-5pm – Loitering is traditionally considered the preserve of delinquents and, generally speaking, those up to no good. The show reflects on public space and who is entitled to occupy it while many of the artists are enabling visitors to loiter with seating, objects to contemplate, etc. so visitors can slow down from their busy lives to delight in daydreaming and dawdling.
As Ross Gay reminds us in his incisive essay Loitering Is Delightful “the darker your skin, the more likely you are to be ‘loitering.” Gay goes on to point out that for people of color, any public display of “non-productive delight” – from loitering to laughter – can be censured. This leads to questions such as …at which point does lingering cross into criminal territory? What does ‘loitering’ really mean? And why is it frowned upon? Could loitering offer some respite from the capitalist cycle of consumption and production in a world consumed by digital devices and driven by productivity? Loitering is Delightful invites you to delight in dawdling. Some new works include: