Steve McQueen, Kanye West short film ‘All Day’ coming to LACMA

Director Steve McQueen.

Director Steve McQueen.

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Before he became the director of such grim and punishing movies as “Hunger,” “Shame” and the Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen was primarily known as a visual artist specializing in visceral video installations and short films that brought him much acclaim, including the Turner Prize in 1999.

In a return of sorts to his artistic roots, McQueen has created a short-film installation featuring pop star Kanye West that is set to be unveiled Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“Steve McQueen with Kanye West: All Day / I Feel Like That” will be a pop-up installation that will run for four days only, a museum spokeswoman said. The film runs nine minutes and was shot in one take at a historic dockyard outside of London.

The museum hasn’t released an official synopsis of the piece. A version was shown at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in France this year. In an unofficial clip uploaded to YouTube, West can be seen bobbing and weaving in front of the camera as music plays on the soundtrack. At one point, he collapses against a wall in an apparent state of exhaustion.


The title of the installation is believed to be a reference to West’s single “All Day,” which was released this year. The hip-hop musician, married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, was in attendance at LACMA’s Art + Film gala last year.

The installation will be on view on the ground floor of LACMA’s Broad Contemporary and will be viewable to those with a general admission ticket during regular museum hours.

McQueen is represented in LACMA’s collection wth the 2009 work “Static,” a digital projection that features the Statue of Liberty. The artist is reportedly at work on an HBO series, “Codes of Conduct.”

“All Day / I Feel Like That” is set to run at LACMA from Saturday through July 28.

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