MOCA February 2014
Room to Live: Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collection 
MOCA Grand Avenue
Through March 31, 2014
With an emphasis on acquisitions made over the past several years, Room to Live features selected room-scale works and in-depth single-artist presentations from MOCA's renowned permanent collection. Organized by Curator Bennett Simpson, the exhibition includes works spanning the 1960s to the present in a variety of media, including installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and video. Artists featured include Joan Brown, Cosima von Bonin, Moyra Davey, Günther Förg, Samara Golden, Nan Goldin, Mark Handforth, John Knight, Liz Larner, William Leavitt, Rodney McMillian, Rebecca Morris, Christian Phillipp Müller, Juan Muñoz, Bruce Nauman, Andreas Slominski, Henry Taylor, Bob Thompson, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, Marnie Weber, Amelie von Wulffen, and others. 

IMAGE: Installation view of Room to Live: Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collection at MOCA Grand Avenue, October 5, 2013—March 31, 2014, photos by Brian Forrest, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant
MOCA Pacific Design Center
Opening March 1, 2014

MEMBER'S OPENING: Friday, February 28, 7–9pm
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Jacob Hashimoto's work studies visual experience in space, artifice, and craft through the use of materials such as handmade kites, fiberglass, marble and the skillful use of light. Combining traditional kite-making techniques and painting into sculptural environments, Hashimoto creates massive space-altering installations with thousands of thin paper sheets. The exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center will be the first L.A. presentation and the third and final edition of Gas Giant will mark Hashimoto's first solo museum exhibition in California. The work was previously presented in Venice, Italy in 2013 at Fondazione Querini Stampalia by Studio la Citta and in Chicago in 2012 at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Jacob Hashimoto: Gas Giant is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz and Curatorial Assistant Selene Preciado.

IMAGE: Jacob Hashimoto (b. 1973, Greeley, Colorado), Gas Giant, 2012, Installation at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Cesar Arredondo.

Mike Kelley
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Opening March 31, 2014

Mike Kelley is the largest presentation of the artist's work to-date and the first comprehensive survey since 1993. MOCA's exhibition represents a significant homecoming for the retrospective in Los Angeles. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernism and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless, dark, and delirious examinations of self and society.

Kelley has a deep and lasting connection to Los Angeles and to MOCA. Moving to Southern California in 1976 to attend California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Kelley remained in Los Angeles after graduating, quickly becoming influential as an artist, teacher, collaborator, and experimental musician. Since his inclusion in the museum's inaugural exhibition, The First Show: Paintings and Sculpture From Eight Collections 1940-1980 (1983), MOCA has acquired 36 of Kelley's works including Pay for Your Pleasure (1988), gift of Timothy P. and Suzette L. Flood; Silver Ball (1994), donated by Blake Byrne; and Garbage Drawing #58 (1988), a promised gift of Mandy and Cliff Einstein. Kelley's works in the collection have been included in more than 20 permanent collection exhibitions at MOCA, such as Sitings: Installation Art 1969-2002 (2003), Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years (2009), and The Artist's Museum (2010). His work has also been featured in numerous group and thematic exhibitions, including A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation (1989); Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s (1992); Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979 (1998); and, most recently, Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 (2011). In 2004, Kelley co-organized Street Credibility at MOCA, an exhibition of photographs by Diane Arbus, her peers, and artists she inspired.

Mike Kelley is organized by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and curated by former Stedelijk Museum Director Ann Goldstein, in cooperation with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Curator of the first exhibition concept is Dr. Eva Meyer-Hermann. The Los Angeles presentation is organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson.  

IMAGE: Mike Kelley, Ahh…Youth!, 1991, set of 8 Cibachrome photographs, 24 x 20 in. each; one at 24 x 18 in., photo: courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts 


Selections from the Permanent Collection
MOCA Grand Avenue
Opening February 8, 2014

Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, Selections from the Permanent Collection presents a chronological installation of significant works from MOCA's holdings from the 1940s to the present. Representing important historical movements such as abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, conceptual art, and postmodernism, the exhibition includes works by John Altoon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hanne Darboven, Jörg Immendorff, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Barry Le Va, Cady Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Mark Rothko, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and others.

IMAGE: Jackson Pollock (b. 1912, Cody, Wyoming; d. 1956, Springs, New York). Number 1, 1949, 1949, Enamel and aluminum paint on canvas, 63 x 104 in., The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Rita and Taft Schreiber Collection, given in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber, by Rita Schreiber

Printed Matter's

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
January 31- February 2, 2014

Printed Matter presents the second annual LA Art Book Fair.  Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists' books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Three new editions by artists Laura Owens, Jeremy Deller, and Parra will benefit the LA Art Book Fair.

MOCAtv kicks off the fair with a screening and panel on The Art of Punk, a three part series created by Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell featuring the art and artists behind the iconic punk logos of Black FlagDead Kennedys, and Crass. Then, Dynasty Handbag kicks off our Art+Comedy event with an exclusive LIVE performance, followed by a conversation with artists Jeffrey VallanceJim Shaw and Casey Jane Ellison about comedy and its place in the art world.

Hours and Location
The LA ART BOOK FAIR is free and open to the public.
Friday, January 31, 11 am-5 pm
Saturday, February 1, 11 am–6 pm
Sunday, February 2, 12 pm–6 pm
212/925-0325 or

IMAGE: View of the 2013 Printed Matter L.A. Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, photo courtesy of Desilu Munoz


Art Talk: William Pope.L
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium
Thursday, February 6, 7pm

Delve into the trajectory of this multi-disciplinary artist's investigation into materiality, power, and the body through performance, drawing, sculpture, and video. Art Talk: William Pope.L is presented collaboratively with USC Roski School of Art and Design, as part of its Graduate Lecture Series to engage in critical, open, rigorous conversations with graduate students and the public.

FREE; reservations encouraged at
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Art Talk: Jacob Hashimoto
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium
Sunday, February 23, 3pm

The luminous installations of Jacob Hashimoto have transformed spaces around the world with color, texture, movement, and light. As a preview to his MOCA exhibition, the artist discusses and shows images of work throughout his career.

FREE with museum admission; reservations encouraged at
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Art Talk: Ron Athey
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium
Thursday, February 27, 7pm

Join this highly influential artist for a lecture on his work, which has viscerally explored sexuality, identity, and ritual through performance, photography, and video. The artist will sign copies of the book Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (published 2013 by Intellect Live; available for purchase) after the program. Art Talk: Ron Athey is presented collaboratively with USC Roski School of Art and Design, as part of its Graduate Lecture Series to engage in critical, open, rigorous conversations with graduate students and the public.

FREE; reservations encouraged at
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IMAGES: William Pope.L, Failure Drawing #636 Far Above the Ocean, 2009-2010, Ink, acrylic, ballpoint pen, oil stick, marker, correction fluid on map, 24 3/4 by 32 in, photo courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash; Jacob Hashimoto, photo by Cesar Arredondo; Ron Athey performing Solar Anus, photo by Regis Hertrich

Tune into MOCAtv this month for new Art + Comedy programming, a look at some of the artists and performers working in the art historical tradition of performance art featuring a film about the ephemera of Andy Kaufman and his legacy, a celebration of the pioneering video performer Alex Bag, new films by 2014 Whitney Biennial artist David Robbins, Kate Berlant, William Powhida and Remote Penetration, by Dynasty Handbag, the performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psy­chic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/ant­ipants-lezbiananationalarmy vehicle of artist Jibz Cameron.

MOCAtv will also premiere videos featuring artists from Room to Live; Liz Larner and Samara Golden, and a new Artist's Studio film and exclusive interview that captures the process behind the polyurethane sculptures of Sterling Ruby.

This Spring, MOCA proudly presents Mike Kelley—a comprehensive survey and the largest exhibition of the work of one of the most influential artists of our time. MOCA Members are first to experience this historic exhibition. Join or renew now and receive your invitation for two to the members' opening on March 30, 2014 from 1-6 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

IMAGE: Mike Kelley, Pay For Your Pleasure, 1988, installation view, dimensions variable, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gift of Timothy P. and Suzette L. Flood, photo: courtesy Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts


ARCO Court, MOCA Grand Avenue

Part lemonade stand, part grade-school cafeteria, Lemonade takes a modern twist on a nostalgic concept, offering an array of sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as slow-cooked entrées, decadent desserts, and, of course, the proprietary house-made lemonade in a variety of enticing flavors—cucumber mint, ginger peach, pear tarragon, and strawberry, to name a few. 

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