MOCA E-news May 2012

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clear.gifMOCA, Los Angeles
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clear.gifMAY 15–JUNE 23, 2012
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941 NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90038

HOURS: THURSDAY–SATURDAY FROM 11AM–5PM;
FREE ADMISSION

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James Franco · Douglas Gordon · Harmony Korine · Damon McCarthy · Paul McCarthy · Terry Richardson · Ed Ruscha · Aaron Young

Rebel
is an interrogative ode to Nicholas Ray’s masterpieceRebel Without A Cause (1955), conceived by James Franco to embrace and mine the main themes and events in the original film. The exhibition reinterprets the film’s legends, the people involved, its place in Hollywood, film as a medium, and behind-the-scenes footage, in a new, fresh, and unconventional presentation of film, video installation, photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture, housed in and framed by iconic Hollywood structures.

Opening on Saturday, May 12, 8–10pm. Details below.

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clear.gifMAY 27–SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
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THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY
AT MOCA
clear.gif Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
This 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. The exhibition will highlight the early years of untested artistic experimentations and conclude in the mid-1970s before land art became a fully institutionalized category. Rather than romanticizing notions of a “return to nature” or an “escape from culture,” the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview to reveal the complexity of the movement’s social and political engagement with the historical conditions of its time.
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clear.gifNOW ON VIEW
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THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY
AT MOCA

HOURS
Monday: noon–6pm; Tuesday: closed; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: noon–10pm; Saturday: 11am–10pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm

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The Avant/Garde Diaries presents Transmission LA: AV CLUB, curated by Mike D, an interdisciplinary festival featuring the work of 16 contemporary artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and chefs, including Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, and Tom Sachs. The presentation includes the international debut of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé and an evening concert and DJ series featuring performances by many special guests.

TRANSMISSION LA: AV CLUB will close between the hours of 5pm and 6pm to prepare the exhibition for music performances on the following dates: Thursday, May 3 (DJ Harvey and James Murphy) and Saturday, May 5 (Diplo and Mad Decent Crew). Certain performances will require advance FREE ticket reservations through brownpapertickets.com to guarantee entry. Additional guests may enter if capacity permits. For more information, seehttp://www.theavantgardediaries.com/en/events.

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clear.gifTHROUGH AUGUST 20, 2012
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MOCA GRAND AVENUE
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The Painting Factory explores the recent transformation of abstract painting into one of the most dynamic platforms in contemporary art. The exhibition will address a painting tradition that was once seen as essentially reductive but has now become expansive, merging popular culture and current technology into its vocabulary, including works by Tauba Auerbach, Mark Bradford, DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder), Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Seth Price, Sterling Ruby, Josh Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Kelley Walker, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool.
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THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY
AT MOCA
clear.gif Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder
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 includes an outdoor explosion event, a suspended sculptural installation, three gunpowder drawings, and video compilations, which together illustrate Cai’s exploration of natural forces and extraterrestrial life.
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clear.gifTHROUGH MAY 27, 2012
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MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER
clear.gif The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton
This exhibition celebrates the remarkable collaboration between the great fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, his model and muse Peggy Moffitt, and Moffitt’s late husband the photographer William Claxton, who created the distinctive images of Moffitt activating Gernreich’s designs. The exhibition features selected looks from Moffitt’s definitive collection, with films and photographs by Claxton of Moffitt modeling the clothes.
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clear.gifONGOING
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MOCA GRAND AVENUE
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MOCA Permanent Collection Masterworks 1945–1975
A follow-up to MOCA’s expansive 30th anniversary exhibition, this installation includes more than one hundred seminal works of abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, light and space art, and conceptual art from the museum’s permanent collection.
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clear.gifEVENTS AND PROGRAMS
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clear.gifTHURSDAY, MAY 3
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MOCA GRAND AVENUE
AHMANSON AUDITORIUM
7pm
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THE PUBLIC SCHOOL PRESENTS THE SEA AND THE CLOUD

For the second Engagement Party Art Talk, MOCA has invited The Public School to present two discussions about isolation, monitoring and habitability against a backdrop of dissolving social institutions, familial structures, employment, and more. James Merle Thomas will present Tektite Revisited–his research into NASA’s short–lived program–covering aquanauts, anechoic chambers, and the problems of modern living. Benjamin Bratton will speak about the “cloud” and planetary scale computation, with its effects on territory, law, and place. A discussion moderated by co-founder of The Public School, Los Angeles, Sean Dockray, will follow.
INFO
213 621 1745 or education
FREE; no reservations
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clear.gifSATURDAY, MAY 5
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MOCA GRAND AVENUE
NOON–1pm
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Enjoy an insider’s view of MOCA on members-only tours. Members will get a comprehensive tour of MOCA Grand Avenue, including a peek into permanent collection storage and the boardroom, an overview of MOCA’s landmark Bunker Hill building, and tips on how to make the most of membership. Space is limited; reservations are required.
INFO 213 621 1794 or membership1
FREE for MOCA members
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MOCA GRAND AVENUE
1-3:30pm
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Join us for a guided tour of Permanent Collection Masterworks 1945-1975 and a conversation about the work of John Chamberlain and Gordon Matta-Clark. Focusing on their methods of displacing and bending objects found in our daily world, artist Elonda Billera will teach participants to score, pleat, cut, fold, weave, roll, and bunch tactile materials in the gallery and beyond.
INFO 213 621 1745 or fflores
FREE
; no reservations
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THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY
AT MOCA
3pm
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Join James Souza, president and CEO of fireworks company Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, for a discussion about his collaborations with Cai Guo-Qiang to create the three wall drawings and the outdoor explosion, Mystery Circle: Explosion Project for MOCA, Los Angeles, for Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder.
INFO 213 621 1745 or education
FREE
with museum admission; no reservations
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941 NORTH HIGHLAND AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, 90038
8–10PM
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Join us for the opening of Rebel. View the exhibition and enjoy DJ sets by Henry Hopper and Eddie Ruscha. Cash bar.This opening is public but subject to capacity limitations.

Please note:
The exhibition is at 941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles 90038.
INFO moca.org
FREE; please RSVP to pmorehouse
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THE HENSON SOUNDSTAGE
1416 NORTH LA BREA AVENUE
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028
6–9PM
LIVE PERFORMANCE AT 7:30PM
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AS IT LAYS
Alex Israel presents his first solo project in Los Angeles, AS IT LAYS, an installation anchored by a series of 30 televisual portraits of iconic and influential Angelenos. Filmed on a sunset-hued set that Israel constructed in his Pacific Design Center studio and on locations in and around Hollywood, a DIY talk show conflates the traditional art of portraiture with the pop technology of mainstream media.
Admission is FREE; capacity is limited.
RSVP by May 14 to Paula Morehouse atpmorehouse or 213 621 1768.
Requests will be processed on a first-come first-served basis.
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THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY
AT MOCA
7-9pm
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Join us for the Members’ Opening of Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, the first large-scale, historical-thematic exhibition to deal broadly with land art, featuring works by more than 80 artists and projects from United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Iceland, Eastern and Northern Europe, as well as North and South Americas. Bring your MOCA membership card to admit you and a guest. Additional guests will be charged $25 each at the door. Cash bar.
INFO membership1
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THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY
AT MOCA
3pm
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Join exhibition co-curators Philipp Kaiser and Miwon Kwon for an opening day walkthrough and discussion ofEnds of the Earth: Land Art to 1974.
INFO 213 621 1745 or education
FREE with museum admission; no reservations
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clear.gifMOCA MEMBER NOTES
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shangri_logo.jpg clear.gif TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR MOCA MEMBERSHIP AT THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL
MOCA has a new partnership with the Shangri-La Hotel on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. As a MOCA member, you’ll receive an automatic upgrade when you book a room at the standard rate and 10% of your room price will be donated to the museum. Whether you have visitors in town for the holidays or need a staycation by the beach, the Shangri-La will reward you for your support of L.A.’s contemporary art community.
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lemonade_170.jpg clear.gif LEMONADE AT MOCA
A visit to MOCA for most starts or ends with lunch at Lemonade. Part lemonade stand, part grade-school cafeteria, Lemonade takes a modern twist on a nostalgic concept, offering an array of sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as slow-cooked entrees, decadent desserts, beer and wine, and, of course, the requisite house-made lemonade in a variety of flavors—cucumber mint, ginger peach, pear tarragon, and strawberry, to name a few. Take advantage of the 10% discount you get at the café, just for being a MOCA member.
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All information is subject to change. Please call 213 626 6222 or checkmoca.org in advance of your visit.

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