If You Build It, They Will Come : The Artist’s Museum

  October 31, 2010-January 31, 2011    

October 31, 2010-January 31, 2011

 

MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA opened The Artist’s Museum this past weekend celebrating a selection of 146 artists that have shaped and contributed to the development of the institution over the past 30 years. In late 2009, MOCA featured a dual exhibition of the museum’s most recent and benevolent acquisitions alongside their first years of art collecting. As the organization moves forward, The Artist’s Museum showcases over 250 artworks, presenting works loaned from influential collectors, new artist’s projects, and pieces from MOCA’s private collection.

The exhibition evaluates the venerable to the emerging contemporaries that are both vital and diverse within the Los Angeles art scene and international scope. From Doug Aitken, Mike Kelley, Larry Bell, Thomas Houseago, and the usual heavy hitters, it’s always a pleasure to visualize the conversation between artworks from all media spectrums on one platform.

MOCA has also provided a video series presenting eight artists from The Artist’s Museum, discussing their career, creative process and the art community built around them. The select videos are an up-close perspective into the artist’s studio, featuring Mark Bradford, Robbie Conal, Dave Muller, Catherine Opie, Amanda Ross-Ho,  Alexis Smith, Diana Thater, and Marnie Weber.

 Doug Aitken  Electric Earth, 1999  Eight DVD installation, edition 3/4, Dimensions variable

Doug Aitken Electric Earth, 1999 Eight DVD installation, edition 3/4, Dimensions variable

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Partial and promised gift of David Teiger in honor of Jeremy Strick

 Mike Kelley  Pay for Your Pleasure, 1988 , oil on Tyvek, 
installation: 9 x 12 x 82 ft., each (42 banners at approximately): 101 x
 47 in. Collection The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, gift of 
Timothy P. and Suzette L. Flood

Mike Kelley Pay for Your Pleasure, 1988, oil on Tyvek, installation: 9 x 12 x 82 ft., each (42 banners at approximately): 101 x 47 in. Collection The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, gift of Timothy P. and Suzette L. Flood

The Artist’s Museum is made possible by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

The exhibition is generously supported by Mandy and Cliff Einstein.

Major support is provided by the Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment.

For more information on the The Artist’s Museum visit www.moca.org

MOCA GRAND AVENUE 250 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA 152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

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