Posts Tagged ‘MOCA’

Nobody Acts Sincere

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley A 29-nine-year-old man in a Mercedes Benz led cops on a high-speed chase a week ago, traveling across four L.A. freeways and ending up on surface streets. He hit three cars and injured five people, including himself and a three-year-old boy who had been a passenger in an SUV. The reckless driver[…..]

Easing the Burden of Truth

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley My sister, who is on a Fulbright in Thailand and living in a small village in the Uttaradit Province, realized a week ago that she needed a haircut. This was nerve-wracking. There were cultural differences and language barriers involved, and nothing makes you crabbier than a haircut that isn’t right. She asked[…..]

Don’t Crack a Smile

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley We had just left Marc Foxx gallery, where Annette Kelm’s delicate C-prints look like illustrations from the most deadpan Children’s book ever, as if everything but tufts of grass had been excised from, say, Make Way For Ducklings. We were still in the little enclave of galleries off Wilshire Boulevard when a[…..]

And the Money Came Rolling in . . . Or Not.

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Because NEA funding cuts recently prompted Art21.org to stage a telethon, because this is fundraising season (a number of non-profits, included Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, had their annual auctions, galas or other fundraisers this month), and because I’m preoccupied with MOCA’s recent Transmission L.A. festival — which I mentioned in last week’s[…..]

What’s Polished and What’s Not

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley Writer David Shields tells a story about being a kid and liking Hunter S. Thompson’s obnoxious gonzo journalism way better than Steinbeck and other more classic fiction writers. With Thompson, you were never sure how fictional a story was going to get and it was always possible the craziest stuff was real.[…..]

Love and Rockets in Los Angeles: An Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang

Computer rendering for Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012, courtesy Cai Studio

40,000 bottle rockets make for a lot of noise and a lot of glare. Especially when they come hurtling toward your face. On April 7, 2012, artist Cai Guo-Qiang — known for his gunpowder drawings and performative “explosion events” — opened Sky Ladder at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary location with just such an experience. Called Mystery Circle, the event was pure spectacle. Over a thousand people[…..]

Are you a Rauschenberg or a Johns?

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley A block of Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. was  completely blocked off a few days ago, but hanging across the barricades was a big red arrow pointing down Bunker Hill with “jurors” written across it. No other signs told passers-by anything about the construction or about detours, but to let the jurors[…..]