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.

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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.
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New Finnish stamps, commemorating Tom of Finland. So rad.

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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.

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New Finnish stamps, commemorating Tom of Finland. So rad.

I wonder about the exact contours of an effective, high-level troll. Is there something that defines a good troll; not necessarily in its effect which is easy to quantify, but rather in it’s construction? Most creative acts or products I view as next-level, employ the language of their particular form, to subvert, expand or destroy it — so how does a good troll subvert itself, while still accomplishing its mission? Furthermore, is there a value to creating a situation which people do not have appropriate “scripts” for? Is there a way to calibrate a context where people don’t know “how they want to react?”

Feast of Burden filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko on the art of trolling. Tomorrow he curates a slate of videos for MOCAtv that expand on his inquiry.

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.

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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.

Marnie Weber - The Artist’s Studio - MOCAtv

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.

Making Spirit Vessels - The MOCA and Louis Vuitton Young Arts Program - MOCA U - MOCAtv 

A few years ago, Bobby Ciraldo and Andrew Swant made a series of unauthorized, “rejected” Miller High Life ads for fun. After each Hamlet A.D.D. shoot, the directors would drink a High Life and shoot an ad while Ciraldo was still in costume. The result is a series of raw, unscripted and hilarious videos that seem pretty out of the blue.

The duo uploaded the ads to YouTube but never promoted them or said who made them. Now you can watch all of their Hamlet A.D.D. outtakes—featuring Sherlock Holmes, a Revolutionary War-era aristocrat, a Civil War general, and a disembodied head—on their YouTube channel.

Bobby Ciraldo and Andrew Swant - Rejected Miller Ads

Los Angeles-based artist bert-rodriguez curates four videos for MOCAtv that echo his hilarious irreverence for mass media and the market. Often staged in art fairs and biennials, Rodriguez’s performances and installations provide important and humorous intervention into their contexts.

Here Rodriguez presents kindred hecklers: the comedian Bill Burr giving it to Yoko Ono; “the greatest artist of all time” Andy Kaufman begging for money from a talk show audience; Miami artist Subi, famed for her videos in which she defines art as a system of paying for understanding; and Rodriguez’s self-declared spiritual son, a white six-year-old boy asking for a dollar in black English.

YouTube Curated By - Bert Rodriguez - MOCAtv

At Art Basel Miami in 2010, then Miami-based artist Bert Rodriguez dressed up—or rather, undressed and painted himself silver—for a Miami New Times cover shoot that spoofed Kim Kardashian’s recent appearance in W Magazine's art issue. “I’m going to blow up the photos into posters and plaster them on a booth wall at the convention center during Basel,” he told the paper. “There is no irony in at all.”
Stay tuned to MOCAtv. Tomorrow Rodriguez curates his favorite pranksters and ironists in a new installment of YouTube Curated By. High-res

At Art Basel Miami in 2010, then Miami-based artist Bert Rodriguez dressed up—or rather, undressed and painted himself silver—for a Miami New Times cover shoot that spoofed Kim Kardashian’s recent appearance in W Magazine's art issue. “I’m going to blow up the photos into posters and plaster them on a booth wall at the convention center during Basel,” he told the paper. “There is no irony in at all.”

Stay tuned to MOCAtv. Tomorrow Rodriguez curates his favorite pranksters and ironists in a new installment of YouTube Curated By.