Exhibition Inquisition

The stuff you look at, but don't see.

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Siqueiros Americá Tropical Project

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El Pueblo Historic Monument

Street art is having something of a moment right now in Los Angeles.  MOCA’s Art in the Streets show is totally loved and totally hated. And somehow MOCA has managed to underplay the censorship issues that arose months ago when the graffiti artist Blu’s mural was whitewashed from the Geffen Contemporary’s north wall.  I’ve been told Blu wanted to show Deitch sketches for the mural, but Deitch couldn’t (wouldn’t?) because he was too busy at Basel in Miami…

Caught in the act.

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Geffen Contemporary North Wall Murals

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MOCA

I can’t wait to get back to LA to see Art in the Streets. Everyone is going crazy for it, or going crazy because of  it.  Taggers have converged on Little Tokyo and the Popo don’t know what to do.  Deitch says it’s inspirational and motivational. But it has also been controversial.  Small reminder:

MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary’s North Wall in December 2010:

Blu's mural for MOCA, whitewashed.

How the wall appears now:

Collaboration: Lee Quinones, Abel, Cern, FUTURA, Loomit, Push, RISK and Sano.

The new mural is called Birds of a FeatherHere’s a video of the artists creating it.   I wonder how long MOCA will leave the work up?  Will they whitewash this one too when the show is done, or leave it up for a while?

Look out soon for a future post about another famous LA mural that was whitewashed too.

H.I.

P.S. Who wants to go explore this street art smorgasbord with me when I’m back?

Rodarte: States of Matter

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MOCA – Pacific Design Center

Black Swan star Natalie Portman in Rodarte at the 2011 Oscars.

It is widely disputed how many seasons Los Angeles has, but it actually has five: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Awards season.  Awards season affects many aspects of life in LA, from street closures and parties to other cultural organizations like museums.  LACMA has a small unabashed installation of Larry Fink Oscar party photographs to commemorate the season.  The FIDM Museum and Galleries has its annual exhibition of Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, which features costume design from 2010 films.  But another show across town may be stealing some of FIDM’s thunder.  On view until June 6th, Rodarte: States of Matter at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center outlet features work from Rodarte’s Fall 2008, Spring 2010, and Fall 2010 collections—as well as costumes from 2010’s humungous ballet film Black Swan.

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SUPRASENSORIAL

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Museum of Contemporary Art

There is a pool in this exhibition; do you need more of a reason to go?

I could write about this exhibition, or you could watch this video. Don’t worry; the usual snarky commentary will follow.

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