September 20, 2014 – February 2, 2015
MOCA Grand Avenue
LOS ANGELES – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) presents Andy Warhol: Shadows from September 20, 2014 – February 2, 2015 at MOCA Grand Avenue. The exhibition marks the first West Coast presentation of Shadows (1978-79), a monumental painting in 102 parts. Andy Warhol: Shadows is organized by Dia Art Foundation and coordinated by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson.
Conceived as one work in multiple parts, Warhol's exceptional series of variously silkscreened and hand painted canvases features two different compositions, ranging in hue from an electric green to a somber brown. Culled from photographs of shadows taken in The Factory, the artist's New York City Studio, the Shadows paintings alternate between positive and negative imprints. With few exceptions, “the peak” or black positive always appears on a colored ground, while “the cap,” a smaller, colored form, hovers before a black background. In Shadows, Warhol extended his long-standing interest in seriality and repetition while forgoing the cultural icons and commodity forms that most often populate his art. As Dia Curator Yasmil Raymond notes, Shadows “formalized earlier explorations with abstraction, seen the previous year in the Oxidation, Rorschach, and Camouflage paintings.” Once referred to by Warhol as “disco décor,” the series of abstract panels create a haunting, environmental ensemble.
“Andy Warhol's Shadows are the line between the American dream and the American death. They are as dark as they are glamorous; they are as meditative as they are explosively hallucinatory; they are mourning mirrors with no reflections; they are a long film strip of serial images that evoke experimental film and the drones of the Velvet Underground. They are visual music. It is a very rare event to be able to experience the complete work as Warhol intended and MOCA is deeply grateful to Dia Art Foundation for this collaboration,” said MOCA Director Philippe Vergne.
“The Shadows are one of Warhol's most mysterious and beautiful works, full of mood and feeling, repeated over and over, not unlike a song. Seeing them all together at MOCA provides a special occasion to consider an artist we think we know from a new angle,” said MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson.
Shadows was first exhibited in January 1979 and acquired by Lone Star Foundation (now Dia Art Foundation) the same month. The original installation at 393 West Broadway in New York featured a total of 83 panels, 67 exhibited publicly and 16 shown in the gallery's private back room. An additional 19 canvases were acquired but not shown and a small number of similar works are privately owned. Each measuring 76 x 52 inches, installed edge to edge and close to the floor, the final number of panels presented is always determined by the dimensions of an exhibition space. MOCA's presentation is the second to feature the full collection of paintings.
Andy Warhol (b. 1928, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; d. 1987, New York) grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. From 1945 to 1949, he studied art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, receiving a B.A. in Pictorial Design. In 1949 he moved to New York to pursue a career as a commercial illustrator and began exhibiting drawings and paintings in the 1950s. In 1962, his first solo exhibition, Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans, was mounted at the historic Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles (later exhibited at MOCA in 2011). Thereafter his work—which includes prints, drawings, Polaroid photographs, silkscreened canvases, 16mm and Super 8 film, and writing—was widely shown nationally and abroad.
Generous support of the exhibition is provided The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation.
Andy Warhol: Shadows is organized by Dia Art Foundation.
In-kind media support is provided by KCRW 89.9 FM and Los Angeles magazine.
Image credit: Andy Warhol, Shadows (1978–79). Dia Art Foundation. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7-9pm
MOCA Grand Avenue
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LOS ANGELES FILM FORUM AT MOCA
Andy Warhol: Light and Dark with music by Ezra Buchla
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7pm
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium
In conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol: Shadows, Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA is proud to present a special screening of Warhol's films Kiss (1963) and Blow Job (1964) with live music by experimental composer Ezra Buchla. Shadows, which became an increasingly important concern in Warhol's two dimensional artworks over the course of the 1970s, also played a starring role in his earlier film work. A single light, at once harsh and hallowing, explicitly or implicitly illuminates actions, both mundane and profane, by turns captivating and alienating. The resultant play of light, shadow, time, and attention are among the most influential and arresting artworks of the twentieth century.
Beverages & light refreshments will be available for purchase at Lemonade Café until 10pm
$12 general admission, $7 students with valid ID
FREE for MOCA & Los Angeles Filmforum members;
must present current membership card to claim free tickets.
ANDY WARHOL'S EMPIRE
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 9am
MOCA Grand Avenue
In conjunction with the exhibition, Andy Warhol: Shadows, MOCA Sunday Studio and Los Angeles Filmforum are proud to present Empire (1964), Warhol's minimalist 16mm masterpiece, in its entirety. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this monumental achievement allows one, as Warhol said, “to see time go by.” Or as filmmaker and Empire cameraperson Jonas Mekas told the Guardian newspaper, “I always remember that we went to see a La Monte Young performance where one note was stretched out to four or five hours. It was soon after that I helped Andy make Empire. Young was making time stretch in sound; Andy picked up the idea and repeated it visually." A reception will follow the screening.
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NOW ON VIEW AT MOCA
Selections from the Permanent Collection
February 8, 2014 - Ongoing
MOCA Grand Avenue
Organized by MOCA Senior 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 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hanne Darboven, Jörg Immendorff, 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.
April 27 – August 11, 2014
MOCA Grand Avenue
Cinema Vezzoli highlights Milan-based artist Francesco Vezzoli's mastery in deconstructing the vocabulary of filming and in analyzing how celebrity-driven culture influences art and the public imagination. Exploring three key elements of the artist's oeuvre: art, religion, and film, the exhibition is part of The Trinity, a series presented at three international institutions—the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, MOCA, and MoMA PS1. The exhibition is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz.
Steve McQueen: Drumroll
June 28 – September 21, 2014
MOCA Pacific Design Center
Steve McQueen: Drumroll is a selection of works by British artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. The exhibition takes as its centerpiece the artist's 1998 video installation Drumroll, a 2004 partial and promised gift from Blake Byrne to MOCA's Permanent Collection. Drumroll is a three-channel video projection that forms a triptych image on one wall. To make the work, McQueen placed three video cameras inside of an oil drum, recording (through holes at either end and one in the center of the side) what the oil drum “experienced” while being rolled by the artist down 56th, 57th, and 58th Streets in midtown Manhattan. The three synchronized projected images and accompanying sounds are the record of this journey, a whirl of sky and pavement, parked cars, and occasional glimpses of the artist, complemented by the rhythmic “beat” of the drum rolling over the asphalt. The exhibition also includes a selection of works from Barrage (1998), McQueen's series of fifty-six photographs of gutter “dams” found along the streets of Paris. The exhibition is organized by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson.
COMING SOON TO MOCA
Step and Repeat
September 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 2014
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Step and Repeat is a multi-disciplinary program of performance art, music and sound art, comedy, and poetry and marks MOCA's return to live arts programming, a crucial part of the museum's historical identity. Stretching across four Saturdays this fall, Step and Repeat will present a mash-up of new voices from across the United States, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles.
Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman
October 11, 2014 – January 11, 2015
MOCA Pacific Design Center
Cameron (1922-1995) was an artist, performer, poet, occult practitioner, and provocateur who lived in Los Angeles after World War II and uniquely bridged the city's flourishing spiritual and art worlds. A pivotal though under-recognized figure, she is closely associated with Beat artists such as Wallace Berman, George Herms, and Dennis Hopper, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, and occultists Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons, her husband for a time. She is best known for her paintings and drawings of human and fantastical figures and had a long career, spending her last years in West Hollywood. Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman, organized by guest curator Yael Lipschutz, will be the largest and only comprehensive survey of Cameron's work since 1989 and will include approximately 91 artworks and ephemeral artifacts.
THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA)
About MOCA: Founded in 1979, MOCA's vision is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. In a relatively short period of time, MOCA has achieved astonishing growth with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; a world-class permanent collection of more than 6,800 objects international in scope and among the finest in the world; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time; and cutting-edge engagement with modes of new media production. MOCA is a not-for-profit institution that relies on a variety of funding sources for its activities.
Hours: MOCA Grand Avenue (located at 250 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles) is open Monday and Friday from 11am to 5pm; Thursday from 11am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (located at 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012) has the same hours as MOCA Grand Avenue during exhibitions. Please call ahead or go to moca.org for the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA exhibition schedule. MOCA Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue; West Hollywood, CA 90069, is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm; and closed on Monday. The MOCA Store at 250 South Grand Avenue is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 10:30am to 530pm; Thursday from 10:30am to 8:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 6:30pm.
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