Los Angeles-based artist and comedian Kevin Christy metabolizes and satirizes pop culture with impeccable draftsmanship and bristling wit. Tomorrow on MOCAtv he curates a selection of accidental buffoons for a new installment of YouTube Curated By.
Art by Kevin Christy
Philippe Vergne first encountered the work of Mike Kelley in MOCA’s landmark exhibition Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s. Now the director of the museum, Vergne reflects on Mike Kelley, the largest exhibition of Kelley’s work to date and the late artist’s unofficial Los Angeles homecoming.
"When you look at this exhibition, not only do you have an artist who has changed the way we think of art, who brought to art music, performances and popular culture, who has made a major aesthetic shift in our understanding of art," says Vergne, "but has done that also with an understanding of what it means to be an artist in the public realm, and be a civic artist."
Don’t forget to chat with Vergne tomorrow on Twitter. He’ll be taking your questions about all things MOCA—including Mike Kelley—from 1:30-2:30 pm with #askMOCA.
Join our new director Philippe Vergne for a Twitter Q&A tomorrow from 1:30-2:30 PM PST. Tag your questions #askMOCA and watch @MOCAlosangeles for live replies. Before joining MOCA, Vergne was the director of the Dia Art Foundation, and held leadership roles at the Walker Art Center.
"From Michael Heizer to Mike Kelley, MOCA has changed the way I perceive and understand art."—Philippe Vergne
Through film, video and performance, Eugene Kotlyarenko explores the consequences of contemporary miscommunication. Curating for MOCAtv the Feast of Burden director pulls back the curtain on society’s attacks on race, gender and NSA awareness.
Most erotic stamps ever? Tom of Finland, a.k.a. Touko Laaksonen, will be honored by his country of origin with a set of postal stamps to be issued in September. The images were licensed to the Finnish Postal Service by the Tom of Finland Foundation, the Los Angeles nonprofit where the artist once lived, and which we visited last fall.
New Finnish stamps, commemorating Tom of Finland. So rad.
Last week we hosted an exclusive preview screening of Hamlet A.D.D., the epic reinvention of the Shakespeare classic, at MOCA Grand Avenue. Before the screening of a special cut for a MOCAtv audience, the cast and crew, including directors Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo and legendary funnyman Neil Hamburger, celebrated with complimentary Stella Artois and Jelly Shots from Ludlow’s Cocktails. Allow us some insight, courtesy of the bard himself: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” All photos by Niko Vasquez-Nishita.
For the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Bert Rodriguez conducted free therapeutic sessions inside a large white cube, assigning participants-turned-patients art projects as remedies for their problems. More of Bert’s time-based work is available on his YouTube channel.
As a commission for the 2008 Frieze Art Fair, Bert Rodriguez performed Where You End and I Begin, offering 10-minute long foot massages to patrons and passersby.
In the MOCA and Louis Vuitton Young Arts Program, Los Angeles-based artist Marnie Weber, whose work Giggle of Clowns is currently on view at MOCA, led twenty diverse high school students in realizing a project inspired by her own multimedia art practice. Last year MOCAtv visited Weber in her studio, where she shared the process behind her hauntingly beautiful, narrative-laden sculptures and collage, which include a plethora of monsters, demons and animals.
From December 2013 to March 2014, students from The MOCA and Louis Vuitton Young Arts Program worked alongside artist Marnie Weber to realize a project inspired by her own multimedia art practice.
Using a range of materials, each apprentice created a spirit vessel, a sculpture representing aspects of that person’s individual identity. They then transported the vessels to MOCA Grand Avenue to display from March 27 to May 26, 2014.
The MOCA and Louis Vuitton Young Arts Program is an academic-year-long paid internship for juniors and seniors in high school that educates teens about the work of the museum by directly involving them in it. For more information visit http://edu.moca.org/programs/lvyap.