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Thursday, January 10 at MOCA Grand Avenue
LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM AT MOCA: Breaking the Plane
LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM AT MOCA: Breaking the Plane
213/621-1745 or education@moca.org
7pm

In response to Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949—1962, this international program presents radical film works that puncture the image, three-dimensionalize the film surface, or otherwise challenge the traditional cinematic experience. As postwar painters challenged the notion of the picture plane, artists working in film sought to push past the “realistic” representations of time and space typified by Hollywood studio productions. Breaking with accepted forms of cinematic representation—often by physically altering the film itself—these sexually, politically, and formally radical, transgressive works, made from 1959 through 1967, still retain their power to shock. Each artist in the program unleashes an energy unseen in ordinary cinema by transforming the strip of film from an unbroken window on the world into a turbulent contest of individual frames.

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Thursday, January 10 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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Thursday, January 10 at MOCA Grand Avenue
Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962
Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962
Oct 6, 2012-Jan 14, 2013

Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962 focuses on one of the most significant consequences of the rise of abstraction in 20th-century painting: artists' literal assault on the picture plane. Responding to the social and political climate of the postwar period—especially the crisis of humanity resulting from the atomic bomb—artists in the United States and abroad ripped, cut, burned, or affixed objects to the traditionally two-dimensional canvas. Painting the Void marks the first time that these strategies have been considered together as a coherent mode of artistic production. The exhibition presents an opportunity to reconsider the profound repercussions of this approach in the realm of painting: from artists’ early experiments with the materiality of gesture, to the expansion of the medium to incorporate performance, time-based, and assemblage strategies. The exhibition focuses in particular on many of the earliest experiments of artists who moved the two-dimensional medium of painting towards the three-dimensionality of sculpture.

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Thursday, January 10 at MOCA Grand Avenue
Jason Schmidt: Some Los Angeles Artists
Jason Schmidt: Some Los Angeles Artists
Nov 17, 2012-Mar 11, 2013

Since 1997, photographer Jason Schmidt has been making intimate portraits of artists around the world as part of his ongoing project Artists. Selected from over 500 photographs that currently make up this series, the 23 images on view represent several generations of artists working in an array of disciplines-painting, sculpture, video, performance, and installation-all of whom are based in Los Angeles. Schmidt photographs each artist in a context that is significant to his or her work, whether the studio, the gallery, or the wider world.

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Thursday, January 10 at MOCA Pacific Design Center
Ben Jones: The Video
Nov 3, 2012-Feb 24, 2013

Ben Jones: The Video is the West Coast solo museum debut of the artist's work. The exhibition features new videos and paintings that build upon the artist's previous work using the extracted and abstracted forms of technology and pop symbols of our time to create irreverent, surrealistic, and introspective narratives and environments, often defined by their kaleidoscopic arrays of day-glo colors. With a fluid sense of material, Jones has worked with traditional art media like painting, drawing and sculpture, but also animated music videos, produced zines and costumes, furniture and web art, cartoons and music.

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