August 2012

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Friday, August 24 at MOCA Grand Avenue
The Panza Collection and Selections from Major Gifts of Beatrice and Philip Gersh, Rita and Taft Schreiber, and Marcia Simon Weisman
Aug 20, 2012-Feb 10, 2013

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, presents The Panza Collection and Selections from Major Gifts of Beatrice and Philip Gersh, Rita and Taft Schreiber, and Marcia Simon Weisman, now on view through January 14, 2013 at MOCA Grand Avenue. The exhibition celebrates the core of the museum's internationally renowned collection, which evolved as a result of the acquisition of The Panza Collection in 1984, considered at the time as one of the world's most important acquisitions of contemporary art and a turning point in the museum's early history. This exhibition also marks the first time since 2000 that almost the entire Panza Collection has been presented at MOCA. Installed by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz, The Panza Collection and Selections from Major Gifts of Beatrice and Philip Gersh, Rita and Taft Schreiber, and Marcia Simon Weisman features 92 works, comprising paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that serve both as evidence of the intellectual and emotional challenge that is involved in collecting and as a testament to exemplary civic patronage and its enduring legacy in the cultural growth of Los Angeles.

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Friday, August 24 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
PLAY MOCA
PLAY MOCA
6pm

Performances by Cults and Lord Huron
DJ set by Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees)
Visuals by Emmett Malloy

This summer, MOCA brings together a diverse group of musicians and artists for PLAY MOCA, a collaborative multimedia festival in celebration of Los Angeless cultural vitality and diversity. COCO, an L.A. based design group, including alumni from SCI-ARC, L.A.'s internationally renowned architecture school, will help transform the museum courtyard into an enveloping and otherworldly performance space. PLAY MOCA is presented by SMASHBOX COSMETICS and curated by IAMSOUND and IO ECHO.

 

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Friday, August 24 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder
Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder
Apr 8, 2012-Sep 3, 2012

Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder is the first West Coast solo museum exhibition of the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Known for his explosion projects and gunpowder drawings. Cai’s work integrates manual technique and new, highly sophisticated developments in pyrotechnic technology. The exhibition will be composed of an outdoor explosion event, a suspended sculptural installation, three gunpowder drawings, and video compilations, which together press Cai’s exploration of natural forces and extraterrestrial life.

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Friday, August 24 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
May 27, 2012-Sep 3, 2012

Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 is the first large-scale, historical-thematic exhibition to deal broadly with Land art, capturing the simultaneous impulse emergent in the 1960s to use the earth as an artistic medium and to locate works in remote sites far from familiar art contexts. Organized by MOCA Senior Curator Philipp Kaiser and co-curator Miwon Kwon, Professor of Art History at UCLA, the exhibition will highlight the early years of untested artistic experimentations and conclude in the mid-1970s before Land art becomes a fully institutionalized category.

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Friday, August 24 at MOCA Pacific Design Center
AMANDA ROSS-HO: TEENY TINY WOMAN
AMANDA ROSS-HO: TEENY TINY WOMAN
Jun 23, 2012-Oct 7, 2012

This new installation by Amanda Ross-Ho encompasses architectural elements, large-scale paintings, fabricated objects, textiles, and photographs created specifically for the MOCA Pacific Design Center. AMANDA ROSS-HO: TEENY TINY WOMAN evolves her continued interest in translation, scale, and the authored collapse of authentic gesture and performance. Her work interrogates intimate territories of experience, toggling between the context of production and the context of reception, to create an infinite loop of meaning.

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