#BobMizer founded the Athletic Model Guild studio in 1945 when American censorship laws permitted women, but not men, to be photographed partially nude, so long as the result was “artistic” in nature. But his career was catapulted into infamy in 1954 when he was convicted of the unlawful distribution of obscene material through the US mail. The material in question was a series of black and white photographs, taken by Mizer, of young bodybuilders wearing what were known as posing straps — a precursor to the G-string. Upon his release from prison, he continued working undeterred, founding the groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial in 1951, which also debuted the work of artists such as Tom of Finland, Quaintance and many others. This contact sheet exemplifies Mizer’s typical imagery: a young, muscled man posing in cowboy attire. The images reveal a marked sense of humor and fun to go along with their erotic gaze, as we see the models move through a succession of poses, often self-consciously filling out the role Mizer has asked them to play. #fromthearchive . [Bob Mizer, Catalog Board for XT - page 57 & 58, 1958, Double-sided; cardboard with black and white photographs, and mixed media, 22 1/8 x 14 1/8 in. (56.2 x 35.88 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Committee]
In #NicoleEisenman’s painting Another Green World (2015) we are presented with a party. Figures drink, hang out on the balcony, two men embrace in a slow dance, others lounge and cuddle, kiss, prop each other up, and engage in conversation. At the center of the canvas, the most luminous area of the painting, a woman stares at the back of Brian Eno’s album Another Green World. Armed with a sharp wit and keen awareness of art history and its social scenes, Eisenman offer viewers a playful but exacting take on the urban American zeitgeist. Another Green World is on view at MOCA Geffen in the exhibition The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection. . [Installation view of The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection, May 19, 2019–January 27, 2020 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Zak Kelley.]
#MichelMajerus brought his painting concerns directly into the realm of architecture with large-scale works that physically intervene and transform their spaces. MoM-Block II is a trompe l'oeil, or visual illusion, of a collage in the form of a multi-panel acrylic painting. MoM-Block II is on view at MOCA Grand in the exhibition Open House: Elliott Hundley. . [Installation view of Open House: Elliott Hundley, April 14–September 16, 2019 at MOCA Grand Avenue. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Zak Kelley.]
July 27: #XuZhen’s performance piece titled In Just a Blink of an Eye goes on view at MOCA Grand! The work engages notions of the body as material, and in turn the materiality of the body, testing the limits of physical and cognitive possibilities as the viewer tries to comprehend what we see. A prolific and experimental artist, Zhen’s conceptually-driven practice encompasses a vast range of media and often employs humor, irony, and sophisticated trickery. As the audience waits for movement, for the performer to stand up, or for them to continue to follow the rules of gravity, they instead experience time and stillness as moments extend and are stretched out on through these living sculptures. Xu Zhen explores fragility and balance, literally and metaphorically, spatially and temporally. . [Xu Zhen, In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005. Courtesy of the artist.]
💅 @MOCAStores presents a pop-up shop with cult-favorite accessories brand @nanananaofficial. Founded in 2007 by Hisato Takenouchi and based in Tokyo, nana-nana creates handbags and personal items for daily use with a minimal and refreshing design inspired by the nighttime views from an office window overlooking Tokyo. Using mostly PVC and leather materials in an array of solid and translucent colors, each bag is based on standard paper sizes from A6 to A3.
This Sunday, 3pm at MOCA Geffen sculptor #LizLarner will speak on #ChrisBurden’s iconic work Exposing the Foundation of the Museum (1986) in the exhibition The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection. Swipe up on our 7/21 highlighted story for more details! . Renowned Los Angeles–based sculptor Liz Larner long worked in dialogue with artist Chris Burden and his work. Her work is known for its colorful, geometric formalism and scale, particularly large-scale expressions that play with scale and change how you perceive physical space. Larner’s Corridor Red/Green (1991) is now in visual dialogue with Burden’s iconic Exposing the Foundation of the Museum (1986) in the exhibition The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection. . [Installation view of The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection, May 19, 2019–January 27, 2020 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Zak Kelley.]
Senior Curator of Programs Amanda Hunt discusses Shanghai–based artist @xuzhenmadein’s piece In Just a Blink of an Eye, a work recently acquired by MOCA and the second performance to enter the museum’s collection. In Just a Blink of an Eye will be on view July 27 through September 1 on Saturdays and Sundays at MOCA Grand. Click the link in our bio for more information.
Thursday, 7pm at MOCA Grand is SCREEN: Okul Nodi. @TuniChatterji's film 𝘖𝘬𝘶𝘭 𝘕𝘰𝘥𝘪 (𝘌𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳) documents the folk music of people who row boats in Bangladesh. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. This program is free to the public! Check out our 7/18 highlighted story for more details. . [Tuni Chatterji, Okul Nodi (Endless River) (still), 2012, 16mm film / DV Video, 4x3 letterbox, @TuniChatterji, all rights reserved]
Whoa, MOCA Geffen (where tomorrow’s SLIGHTLY GUIDED DANCE PARTY is being held) is also where they shot the big party scene in #Clueless when Tai waves and falls down the stairs! So @LACityMunicipalDanceSquad all had to on that same staircase. Reminder to those who RSVPd to LACMDS’ Slightly Guided Dance Party (for Women!): the program is tomorrow, 7pm at MOCA Grand! Asking attendees to trust themselves, the squad challenges all femme-identified participants to be bold, let go of insecurities, and explore their unconventional sides through dance. 𝗨𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗱𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁. Limited space is still available for MOCA members–click the link in our bio for more details! . 𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗱. 𝗕𝘆 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗠𝗢𝗖𝗔 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁.
Hello beloved followers >:) we’re thrilled to introduce #MOCAStaffPicks, a series in which we interview MOCA employees on their favorite piece on view at either of our locations. In this first installment, Director of Visitor Engagement Catherine Arias (@ecuacat) discusses Robert Smithson’s piece Mirage No. 1 (1967). Stay tuned for future episodes!
July 18, 7pm at MOCA Grand: @TuniChatterji presents her lyrical film 𝘖𝘬𝘶𝘭 𝘕𝘰𝘥𝘪 (𝘌𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳). Shot in Bangladesh and West Bengal from 2004-2009, 𝘖𝘬𝘶𝘭 𝘕𝘰𝘥𝘪 documents the tradition of Bhatyali folk songs, which are performed by the Majhis–people who row boats across rivers. This presentation of 𝘖𝘬𝘶𝘭 𝘕𝘰𝘥𝘪 is part of the ongoing series of SCREEN programs at MOCA, and is 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 to the public! Check out our 7/18 highlighted story for more details. . Bhatyali songs are performed by Majhis as they row downstream from one destination to another as a way of keeping time. The rowing of oars, the duration of songs, and the length of a roll of film all work in tandem to provide structure to this meandering and poetic film. The song lyrics are rife with references to both the Hindu and Muslim traditions, themes of love, and metaphors that equate rivers to the human experience. The geography of Bangladesh is dominated by flood plains and rivers. A source of life and, at times ecological devastation, the complex network of rivers is an essential part of the Bengali cultural imaginary. 𝘖𝘬𝘶𝘭 𝘕𝘰𝘥𝘪 was co-directed by Clay Dean.