Sam Durant’s Like, man, I’m tired of waiting, from the artist’s “electric signs” series, has greeted LACMA visitors from its place on the exterior of the museum’s Ahmanson Building since 2015. In preparation for the construction of the new building for the permanent collection, the piece will be deinstalled on December 4, 2019.
Like many of Durant’s works, his electric signs engage with periods and events in American history by appropriating historical images or forms and resituating them in new contexts in order to encourage critical reevaluation. The text for Like, man, I'm tired of waiting comes from a photo documenting the historic August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. More than five decades later, the sign’s message continues to resonate—now more than ever, given the continuing issues of inequality challenging us today.
Visit Like, man, I’m tired of waiting before Wednesday, December 4!