Holland Cotter in the @NYTimes: ‘For [Zoe Leonard], time — ductile and emotionally loaded — seems as important a medium as photography or sculpture. Many of her photographs carry two dates: the year the picture was shot and the year, as much as a decade later, when it was printed. Materials she uses in sculptures and installations — suitcases, fruit skins, vintage postcards — comes with prior, but unknown histories, creating intricate traffic patterns between present and past in her work.” Zoe Leonard: Survey, which is currently on view at the @WhitneyMuseum, is coming to MOCA Geffen this fall! To read more on this exhibition, click the link in our bio. [Zoe Leonard, Niagara Falls no.4, 1986/1991, gelatin silver print, 37 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (95.9 x 65.1 cm), Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, and Hauser & Wirth, New York]
Chris Ofili: “I was not interested in being right all the time. I wanted to be sincere and outrageous and friendly and rude and experimental and conventional. I just wanted to try to be who I am." [Chris Ofili, Monkey Magic - Sex, Money and Drugs, 1999, Acrylic, collage, glitter, resin, pencil, map pins, and elephant dung on canvas, 95 x 73 x 8 in. (241.3 x 185.42 x 20.32 cm) Each (B: Dung foot): 5 x 6 x 4 1/2 in. (12.7 x 15.24 x 11.43 cm) Each (C: Dung foot): 5 x 6 x 6 in. (12.7 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm)] #fromthearchive
Tomorrow, March 22 at 6pm: MOCA presents Lauren Halsey (@summaeverythang) in Conversation with Lanka Tattersall and Listening Session #1 with Adee Roberson at MOCA Grand!
MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall and artist Lauren Halsey discuss Halsey’s site-specific installation we still here, there, which reflects a spectrum of everyday Black cultural experiences in the artist’s neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. The conversation will be followed by a musical performance by artist Adee Roberson, whose work weaves rich landscapes and found photographs with live performances incorporating synthesizers and percussive instruments.
6pm – Conversation with Lanka Tattersall and Lauren Halsey
7pm – Listening Session #1 with Adee Roberson
[Lauren Halsey working in her studio, 2018, photo by Nevin Kallepalli]
Annette Messager: ‘Art is like a secret, an epigraph. It is literally cut out of life.’ [Annette Messager, Histoire des robes, 1990, Mixed media, Each: 57 1/2 x 25 x 2 3/4 in. (146.05 x 63.5 x 6.99 cm)] #fromthearchive
Jessica Stockholder: “People sometimes think that formalism means the work is meaningless, empty. ‘He (or she) is a formalist’—that is thrown at different artists. Well, form means everything. We don’t make anything or think anything outside of form.” Stockholder’s sculpture Untitled is currently on view at MOCA Grand. [Jessica Stockholder, Untitled, 1989, Moss, saran wrap, sheetrock, metal studs, and footstool, 65 × 48 × 24 in. (165.1 × 121.92 × 60.96 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Acquisition and Collection Committee]
Sunday at 3pm: MOCA Assistant Curator Anna Katz will discuss the conservation of Jackson Pollock’s Number 1, 1949 with conservator Chris Stavroudis at MOCA Grand! Stavroudis will discuss the nature of his work, his treatment of Pollock’s painting, and his role in helping museums care for the objects in their collections. [Installation view of Jackson Pollock’s Number 1, 1949: A Conservation Treatment, March 4–September 3, 2018 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest]
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: “A lot of that decision-making happens on the painting itself. In each case it’s a negotiation of how I want each figure to fill the space.” [Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Medicine at Playtime, 2017, Oil on linen, 78 3/4 × 47 1/4 in. (200.03 × 120.02 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Purchased with funds provided by the Acquisition and Collection Committee]
Tomorrow (March 15) at 6:30pm is MOCA Music with Quindar, Fartbarf, and DJ Eddie Ruscha / Secret Circuit, and a presentation of NASA's Voyager Golden Record at MOCA Geffen! This event is FREE with RSVP. (Link in bio)
Brassaï: “When one is looking at the lens, you know, it's almost the sculpture, it's almost, one becomes like marble, and in my opinion, I think that's the portrait.” [Brassaï, Streetwalker near the Place d'Italie, c. 1932, gelatin silver print, 12 x 8 3/4 in. (30.48 x 22.23 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Photography Collection]
Lyle Ashton Harris: “I do believe in the power of the images to be able to be a distilled exploration of family, etc.” [Lyle Ashton Harris, Sisterhood, 1994, Ilfochrome print, Frame (Black wood): 18 7/16 x 16 7/16 x 1 3/4 in. (46.83 x 41.75 x 4.45 cm) Image: 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (29.85 x 24.77 cm)] #fromthearchive
Urban Voices Project: “[Our mission] brings the healing power of music directly to individuals disenfranchised by homelessness, mental health issues and unemployment. Community singing and music education combine to provide practical opportunities for individuals to transcend their current circumstances and participate in a creative program of positive change.” The Urban Voices Project will be performing tomorrow at MOCA Community Day at MOCA Geffen. (Link in bio)
Tomorrow, March 10, at 9:30am is Quiet Mornings: Art x Mindfulness at MOCA Geffen with Norberto Rodriguez (@norbertoinc)! Space will be limited–to ensure your entry to the program, purchase your tickets in advance. (Link in Bio)