Patssi Valdez: “One day I went to the David Hockney Retrospective at @LACMA with a friend and I said, ‘I think I could do that.’ My friend thought it was the funniest thing, that I would have the nerve to say that! It was inspiring. It was like Truth or Dare. So I went home and bought all this paint and canvas and started on this body of work. After I had finished a few, I thought ‘Ok. Who’s the harshest critic in the world? Who’s the friend that will tell you the truth and let you have it?’ The answer was Gronk.” Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA at MOCA Pacific Design Center closes December 31! [Installation view of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., September 9–December 31, 2017 at MOCA Pacific Design Center, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Zak Kelley]
Adrián Villar Rojas: “I think my nomadism can be summarized as a journey from an area of extremely low historical density—Rosario, a 150-year-old city in the middle of the Argentine pampa, populated by descendants of early twentieth-century European and Arab immigrants—to areas of high historical density and ethnic juxtaposition. I started with Europe and the United States—that is, in more frozen or stabilized regions—and have gradually immersed myself in places I consider hotter and more vibrant.” [Installation view of Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, October 22, 2017–May 13, 2018 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, image courtesy of the artist, kurimanzutto, Mexico City and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris / London, photo by Studio Michel Zabé]
Anna Maria Maiolino: "When you’re young you have the advantage of an enthusiasm for building your own alphabet, your own language. This flourishes into a wonderful adventure of creation, full of previously unknown flavours. It is a constant and gradual discovery of ourselves and of what we are capable." Anna Maria Maiolino’s retrospective is currently on view at MOCA Grand at a part of @PSTinLA! [Installation view of Anna Maria Maiolino, August 4–December 31, 2017 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest]
David Frantz: “Mundo [Meza] was so renowned among his circle of peers as this amazing artist who worked on window displays, guerilla performances and painted very large scale works in the 70s, but none of that work was visible. So when the opportunity to present his work appeared, it made sense. We also wanted to flip the script on how you do a show about a network and its connections/influences. Mundo is not the best known artist in the show, if anything he is the least known. So it was about turning that on its head to innovate the show from a curatorial perspective.” Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA is currently on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center!
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is organized by David Evans Frantz, Curator at @ONEarchives at the USC Libraries, and C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o studies at Williams College, in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
[Mundo Meza, Merman, c. 1982 Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 111 inches, Collection of Jef Huereque]
John Waters: “If you want to change anybody's mind, you got to get them to laugh first. Even if it's someone that you so don't agree with. I'm against separatism. I think refusing to ever talk or hang around with somebody whose politics you don't believe in is a losing battle because nothing's gonna change.” [John Waters, Self-Portrait #3 (detail), 2003, Chromogenic color prints, Frame (Black/Alumilum): 16 3/4 x 70 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (42.55 x 179.71 x 4.76 cm) Image: 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (24.77 x 17.15 cm)]
Florian Maier-Aichen: “The first photographers tried to use painterly devices until straight photography came into fashion and all the modern photographers got rid of the painterly baggage. I think, today, that photography has become so technical that people have tried to investigate the medium again by researching process or photography’s historical importance… I think that it’s fine to combine photography and drawing, or alter photographs and bring in fictional elements, or just not be satisfied with photography as a super-realistic medium.” [Florian Maier-Aichen, Above June Lake, 2005, C-print, 83 3/4 x 70 in. (212.73 x 177.8 cm) Frame (white wood): 86 x 72 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (218.44 x 184.15 x 5.72 cm)]
Last Thursday was
SCREEN: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS at MOCA Grand. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, this video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell. The films featured in this past SCREEN are availble to view online through March 1 on moca.org /screen! [@_mykki_, STONES & WATER WEIGHT, 2017. Video still courtesy of the artist.]
Lauren Halsey: “I aim to empower blackness in the form of constructing spatial paradigms that amplify positivity while conjuring new perspectives of economic autonomy, self-definition, and love.” MOCA is pleased to congratulate artist Lauren Halsey for winning the 2017 William H. Johnson Prize, an annual $25,000 award that recognizes emerging African American artists! Halsey was selected for her Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project, a public work in South LA that will engage the public to carve the testimonials of their lives and histories into the surface of a monument. Halsey will be exhibiting at MOCA in Spring of 2018.
Tomorrow at 9:30am is the second iteration of Quiet Mornings: Art x Mindfulness at MOCA Geffen! Space is extremely limited–to assure your admission to this program, reserve your ticket at the link in our bio.
Quiet Mornings is a one-of-a-kind event, pairing a guided meditation exercise with the opportunity to experience a truly unique, immersive artwork. After an acclaimed run at MoMA in NYC, our partner Flavorpill is bringing the inspiration to LA. Join us for Quiet Mornings LA on Saturday, December 9 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo.
Enjoy The Theater of Disappearance, Adrián Villar Rojas' powerful site-specific work, and a group meditation session with instructor Kelsey J Patel.
2017 is quickly coming to an end! What does the universe have in store for you next year? Find out with these artist-themed tarot cards by Art Oracles, which are featured in this year’s gift guide >:) link in bio!
Kia LaBeija: “That name [LaBeija] comes with a lot of history… And in respecting that name and that legacy, I've made it my duty to know the history." Tomorrow at 7pm is SCREEN: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS at MOCA Grand! [Kia LaBeija, Goodnight, Kia, 2017. Video still courtesy of the artist.]
This video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell. SCREEN: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS. The program will be followed by a performance by Kia Labeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia Labeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett.