April 2015

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Saturday, April 18 at MOCA Grand Avenue
Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience
Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience
Mar 20, 2015-Aug 16, 2015
213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience is MOCA’s presentation of Kahlil Joseph’s m.A.A.d, a double screen projection that is a lush portrait of contemporary Los Angeles. The camera sinuously glides through predominantly African American neighborhoods, pausing to capture quotidian moments—driving in a car, a marching band, the barbershop—that are suffused with creativity, joy, and sadness. The split screen divides the viewer’s attention, and alludes to the history of auteur cinema which sacrificed linear narrative for experimentation with the formal and political possibilities of filmmaking. m.A.A.d extends this tradition of formal experimentation by crossing the wires of music videos, amateur film footage, and moments of magical realism. The two-part projection may also slyly evoke philosopher W.E.B. Dubois’s early twentieth century concept of “double consciousness,” a psychological description of Black life in America. The film’s verbally thick booming soundtrack, provided by hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, adds yet another layer to this prismatic account of contemporary life in Los Angeles.

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Saturday, April 18 at MOCA Grand Avenue
Sturtevant: Double Trouble
Sturtevant: Double Trouble
Mar 20, 2015-Jul 27, 2015
213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

Sturtevant: Double Trouble is the first comprehensive survey in America of Sturtevant’s (American, b. 1924, d. 2014) 50-year career and the only institutional presentation of her work organized in the United States since 1973. Sturtevant has been “repeating” the works of her contemporaries since 1964, using some of the most iconic artworks of her generation as a source and catalyst for the exploration of originality, authorship, and the interior structures of art and image culture. Beginning with her versions of works by Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, Sturtevant initially turned the visual logic of Pop art back on itself, uncomfortably probing at the workings of art history in real time. Her chameleon-like embrace of other artists’ art has also resulted in her being largely overlooked in the history of postwar American art. As a woman “repeating” the work of better-known male artists, she has passed almost unnoticed through the hierarchies of mid-century modernism and postmodernism. Sturtevant: Double Trouble is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

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Saturday, April 18 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
William Pope.L: Trinket
William Pope.L: Trinket
Mar 20, 2015-Jun 28, 2015
213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

William Pope.L: Trinket is an exhibition of new and recent work by the Chicago-based artist, an essential figure in the development of performance and body art since the 1980s. The exhibition will be installed in the soaring spaces of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and is comprised of large-scale installations, and features a new performance and sculpture work made specifically for the exhibition. The centerpiece of the show is Trinket, a monumental, custom-made American flag (approx. 54 x 16 feet) hanging on a pole in the middle of the Geffen. During the museum’s public hours the flag will be continuously blown by four large-scale industrial fans—the type used on Hollywood film sets to create wind or rain effects—and will be illuminated from below by a bank of custom theatrical lights. Over time the flag will appear to fray at its ends due to the constant whipping of the forced air, a potent metaphor for the rigors and complexities of democratic engagement and participation. This is the largest museum presentation of Pope.L’s work to date. William Pope.L: Trinket is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson.

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Saturday, April 18 at MOCA Pacific Design Center
Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger
Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger
Feb 7, 2015-May 17, 2015
213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

Since 1999, when he premiered his first collection of clothes in Paris, Bernhard Willhelm has been “moving in-between chaos and diversity.” He and his team, headed by long-term collaborator Jutta Kraus, recently decamped from their Parisian atelier and relocated to Los Angeles. Bernhard Willhelm 3000 at MOCA Pacific Design Center functions as a sculptural installation with a fashion sensibility and includes video, photography, and displays of objects selected by Willhelm. Described by Willhelm as a meditation on the future of commerce and a “thinking-forward exhibition,” he sees this installation as his response to the uniformity of fashion in the 21st century and a forecast of the fashion experience in the 22nd century. The exhibition is organized by Emma Reeves, Project Coordinator.

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