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“Many of us are convinced that Los Angeles is the place to be for contemporary art right now” says Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA’s Museum Director, as he opens our new Standard video on the downtown LA Art scene.
Directed by Sara Costello, the video visits downtown Los Angeles artists such as Shepard Fairey and REDCAT’s Executive Director, Mark Murphy, who share their insights on the once desolate neighborhood that is now a reckoning creative force. Tomorrow night, Saturday, November 13th, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) celebrates its Artist Museum gala.
So what is Jeffrey’s next move on this prestigious anniversary? He’s pulling big rank and nabbing art star Doug Aitken to launch the gala tomorrow. Last year’s event at the MOCA was a doozie with a very high-profile performance by Lady Gaga playing on a grand piano decorated by Damien Hirst (note: by the end of the evening, the piano was auctioned for $450,000).
The move to incorporate Doug Aitken was a wise decision to “one-up” the fabulosity of last year. Doug is not only beloved in the pop landscape (he directed the video for Fatboy Slim’s The Rockefeller Skank), but he’s also deeply respected in the realm of hi-art. To up the ante even further, this year’s event will also feature performances by Beck, Devendra Banhart, and Caetano Veloso.
(Doug Aitken Electric Earth, 1999, Eight DVD installation, MOCA)
The “The Artist Museum” opened at MOCA in the fall. It’s another huge survey exhibition, exceeding 300 works by 146 artists who have helped shape the artistic dialogue in Los Angeles since the founding of MOCA over 30 years ago. This particular exhibit will run through Jan 31, 2011.
Represented in the “Artists Museum” is Doug Aitken’s Electric Earth. The LA Times quoted art critic Christopher Knight as saying Electric Earth is an “installation-size music video, a dreamy journey through an enervated American landscape of desolate motels, fluorescent Laundromats and empty parking lots [that] … pulls surprising visual and aural poetry from the unlikely terrain of our 7-Eleven culture.”
(Doug Aitken’s Sleepwalkers projected onto the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Photo: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times)
Doug’s previous work includes a 2007 video-art piece called Sleepwalkers, which was screened both inside and on the exterior walls of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (pictured above), with Donald Sutherland, Tilda Swinton, country-soul-rocker Cat Power and Brazilian samba musician Seu Jorge among the subjects enacting the piece’s contemplation of life in the Big Apple.
Expect some heavy duty assault on the senses tomorrow with a smashing display of exhibitions at MOCA, including WE, a new work by Doug Aitken.
Congratulations MOCA. Here’s to staying strong and staying on the map. We look forward to seeing Jeffrey nurture more art movements West Coast style… (even though we still miss him in New York). To learn more about tomorrow’s event, go to MOCA, The Artist’s Museum Gala