Sep 082016
 

DOUG AITKEN: UNDERWATER PAVILIONS

Doug Aitken, Underwater Pavilions

Image credit: Doug Aitken, Underwater Pavilions, 2016, three underwater, geometric submersible environments with composite materials, mirror, and live video feed, courtesy of Doug Aitken Workshop, Parley for the Oceans, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angles, image by Conner MacPhee

THREE TEMPORARY UNDERWATER SCULPTURES TO BE INSTALLED OFF THE COAST OF CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA

Underwater Pavilions is artist Doug Aitken’s most recent large-scale installation and will be installed this fall off the coast of Southern California on Catalina Island 22 miles from Los Angeles. Produced by Parley for the Oceans and presented in partnership with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), the work consists of three temporary underwater sculptures, floating beneath the ocean’s surface that swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers can swim through and experience. Geometric in design, the sculptures create underwater spaces synthesizing art and science as they are constructed with carefully researched materials and will be moored to the ocean floor. Part of each sculpture is mirrored to reflect the underwater seascape and create a kaleidoscopic observatory for the viewer, while other surfaces are rough and rock-like. The environments created in and by the sculptures will constantly change with the currents and the time of day, focusing the attention of the viewer on the rhythm of the ocean and its life cycles.

Underwater Pavilions engages the living ocean ecosystem as the viewer swims into and through the sculptures, which create huge reflective abstractions. The work operates as an observatory for ocean life, creating a variety of converging perceptual encounters. The sculptures will continuously change due to the natural and manmade conditions of the ocean, creating a living presence and unique relationship with the viewer. Both aesthetic and scientific, Underwater Pavilions puts the local marine environment and the global challenges around ocean conservation in dialogue with the history of art, inviting the viewer to write a contemporary narrative of the ocean and to participate in its protection.
Parley for the Oceans, Doug Aitken Workshop, and MOCA will launch Doug Aitken: Underwater Pavilions in tandem with the exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The installation will be a cultural destination that is free and open to the public in the Casino Point Dive Park in the City of Avalon. The nearby Catalina Casino will also be activated for the New Ocean Happening, a special weekend event organized by Aitken that will include screenings, talks, and live performances, all geared toward bringing attention to critical issues in ocean conservation.

Catalina Island is a one-hour ferry ride from several major ports and it was selected as the location for this earthwork in light of its historical and ecological importance, the beauty of its landscape, and its close proximity to Los Angeles. With its clear waters teeming with flying fish and bright orange Garibaldi, alongside nearby shipwrecks, the location makes for spectacular diving and snorkeling.

In September 2016, a major survey of Doug Aitken’s work will open at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Presented in conjunction with this exhibition, the Underwater Pavilions will be a point of convergence for art, education, and culture within California.

Doug Aitken (b. 1968) is an American artist and filmmaker whose work explores every medium, from sculpture, film, and installation to architectural intervention. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Aitken earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation electric earth. He also received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize and the 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

“When we talk about the oceans and we look at the radical disruption we’ve created within the sea, we’re not quite aware yet how much that’s going to affect us and our lives on land,” remarks artist Doug Aitken. “The ramifications of that are immense. This is one thing which cannot be exaggerated.”

“We are at war with the oceans. If we win, we lose it all. Art has the power to direct all eyes on the oceans, in the oceans, and make its protection a creative collaboration,” remarks Parley for the Oceans Founder Cyrill Gutsch.

The above information provided by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

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Aug 052016
 

SpecialFreeAdmissionDaysInLosAngeles

Schindler House | Photo courtesy of Michael Locke, Flickr

Some of the most interesting places in L.A. have free admission days! Read through the list below; take notes and take in all the sights free of charge. Great experiences, great things to see, opportunities to bond with family and friends while discovering L.A. cultural treasures regardless of your budget!

  1. Autry National Center: The center’s galleries explore broad themes relating to the history and diverse cultures of the American West. Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month.
  2. Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM): Exploring the leading edge of craft, art and design, CAFAM gives audience to diverse makers and artists whose work is often not represented in larger art institutions. CAFAM is a place to see art and make art – all under one roof. Free admission every Sunday.
  3. USC Pacific Asia Museum: With more than 15,000 objects in their extensive collections, the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena span 5000 years of Asia’s and the Pacific Islands’ history and include paintings and drawings, ceramics, textiles and more. Free admission the second Sunday of every month.
  4. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: An oasis of art and culture on 207 acres, explore breathtaking themed gardens, a conservatory, four art galleries and a library showcasing collections of rare books. Free admission on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets, which can be reserved online or by phone.
  5. Japanese American National Museum: This museum is internationally recognized for its commitment to exploring the meaning of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the experience of Japanese Americans through exhibitions, public programs, an award-winning museum store, and resource center. Free admission every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and every third Thursday of the month.
  6. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): With more than 120,000 works in its permanent collection, LACMA is the premier visual art museum in the western United States. With the addition of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), LACMA became the first encyclopedic museum with a dedicated facility for contemporary art, which is uniquely appropriate to Los Angeles. Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month; Target sponsors free admission on select federal holidays; free admission for L.A. County residents after 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  7. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House: One of L.A.’s most significant cultural venues, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture is located in the historic Schindler House and features rotating art exhibitions about cultural issues, experimentation and invention. Free admission on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on International Museum Day (held annually in May) and Schindler’s birthday (September 10).
  8. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): Downtown’s premier art museum features one of the best permanent collections in the country, with works by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Rothko and more. Free admission every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  9. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA: With cutting-edge exhibitions, hands-on education programs and popular evening events, this is your source for inspiration and a must-see for contemporary art enthusiasts. Free admission every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  10. Museum of Latin American Art: With a focus on rotating exhibitions, the museum highlights significant contributions to the field of contemporary Latin American art. Meanwhile, its permanent collection anchors the museum with works by Wilfredo Lam and Alejandro Colunga, among others. Free admission every Sunday.
  11. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: The museum, recognizable by its 1913 original fitted marble walls and rotunda, holds the title of being the third-largest museum of its type in the U.S., boasting more than 3.5 million specimens and counting. Free admission on the first Tuesday of most months, except July and August; free every Tuesday in September.
  12. Norton Simon Museum of Art: The permanent collection features European art from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century, including works by Raphael, Botticelli, Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau, Goya, Monet, Renoir, Degas and van Gogh, and sculptures from India and Southeast Asia. Free admission on the first Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  13. Skirball Cultural Center: At the Skirball, enjoy museum exhibitions — including the ever-popular Noah’s Ark at the Skirball — family programs, performing arts, world music, film, lectures, classes, dining, shopping and more. Free admission every Thursday.

Free admission information reprinted from LA Tourism & Convention Board, a GREAT resource for visitors AND residents of Los Angeles.

Dec 052014
 

Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman
MOCA Pacific Design Center
October 11, 2014 – January, 18 2015

Cameron Exhibition At MOCA

Cameron, East Angel, n.d., courtesy of the Cameron Parsons Foundation, Santa Monica. Photo Credit: Alan Shaffer

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, is the largest comprehensive survey of Cameron’s work since 1989 and includes approximately 98 artworks and ephemeral artifacts. MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz is the coordinating curator.

Go and see the artistic legacy of an incredible woman-artist, one of the pioneers of Los Angeles’ postwar counterculture.


Nov 122014
 

MOCA BOARD ELECTS FOUR NEW TRUSTEES: MARK BRADFORD, HEATHER PODESTA, CATHY VEDOVI, AND CHRISTOPHER WALKER

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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) announced that the Board of Trustees has elected four new members:

  • Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford;
  • leading legislative and public policy strategist Heather Podesta;
  • entrepreneur and art collector Cathy Vedovi;
  • and philanthropist and founding partner of Leonard Green and Partners Christopher Walker

These are the first new appointments under the leadership of director Philippe Vergne who came to MOCA in March of 2014. During Vergne’s brief tenure active board development has resulted in not only these additions but also the return of six trustees including four artists. The museum’s board is now composed of 50 members, which includes six officers as well as the Life Trustees.
“I know how much Mark, Heather, Chris, and Cathy are going to bring to MOCA,” remarks MOCA director Philippe Vergne. “They are all passionate civic leaders with a profound commitment to building and supporting a true contemporary art museum.”

Mark Bradford
Mark Bradford is a Los Angeles-based artist. He received both his BFA (1995) and his MFA (1997) from the California Institute for the Arts. Bradford is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship Award (2009), the Bucksbaum Award for his contribution to the 2006 Whitney Biennial, a USA Fellowship Award (2006), and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2003). His works are in the collection of many major institutions including the Cincinnati Art Museum; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
In 2012, his work was included in two MOCA exhibitions: The Painting Factory and Blues for Smoke. MOCA also presented FRAMEWORK, a dance/art collaboration between L.A. Dance Project/Benjamin Millepied and Bradford.

Heather Podesta
Heather Podesta is the CEO of Heather Podesta + Partners in Washington, DC. It is the largest woman-owned government relations firm in the country. Podesta’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits. She is an active Democratic organizer and political adviser.
A lifelong lover of contemporary art, Heather was named one of the world’s top 200 collectors in 2012 and 2013 by ArtNews.
She is a Trustee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; serves on the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theater; sits on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley; and serves on the Washington DC Police Foundation Board.

Cathy Vedovi
Cathy Vedovi is an entrepreneur and collector living in Los Angeles, Miami and Paris.
As an entrepreneur, she is a partner of the famed Los Angeles-based Milk Shop restaurant, which has now expanded to worldwide locations. Vedovi’s latest entrepreneurial endeavor, Mmmm Bistro, opened in Miami in the Spring of 2014.
Vedovi was raised in a family of art lovers, who owned prominent art galleries in Paris-based Odermatt-Cazeau. She started her contemporary art collection 12 years ago with a focus on emerging artists. Vedovi recently invited artist Harold Ancart to take up residence in her Miami home to work on a site-specific project. She has also commissioned artist Oscar Murillo for a private performance in Paris. Vedovi has been supporting jewelry designer Elie Top, known for his work with the French fashion house Lanvin, with the launch of his own line. Vedovi is currently a Board Member of The Bass Museum of Art located in Miami Beach, Florida.

Christopher Walker
Christopher Walker was a founding partner of Leonard Green and Partners, a Los Angeles-based private merchant bank, and previously was a partner of Gibbons, Green & van Amerongen. He began his career with Security Pacific Bank, where he held positions in corporate banking and with its international group, including seven years as an expatriate in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Walker received a Bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in international finance.
Walker served ten years as a member of the Board of Trustees at LACMA including positions as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition to having served on the Boards of The Los Angeles Opera, United States Artists, and KCET, Walker has also been a Trustee of Claremont McKenna College for over two decades during which time he has chaired a variety of committees and led a $129 million capital campaign. He currently serves on the Trustee Council of the National Gallery of Art and participates on its investment committee.
Walker has two sons and lives in Los Angeles and London.

About MO C A:
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.
For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213-626-6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org.

Mar 102014
 
 MOCA In Focus STERLING RUBY URETHANE WORKS


MOCA In Focus STERLING RUBY URETHANE WORKS / Anything L.A.

LOS ANGELES ARTIST STERLING RUBY FIRST EXHIBITED HIS MONUMENTAL URETHANE SCULPTURES AS PART OF MOCA FOCUS: STERLING RUBY, SUPERMAX 2008, AN ENERGETIC SHOW OF PAINTING, COLLAGE, AND SCULPTURE. MOCA VISITS THE ARTIST FOR AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT HIS ARTISTIC PROCESS.

Born in 1972, on Bitburg Air Base, Germany, and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Sterling Ruby moved to Los Angeles to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. The highly prolific artist has maintained studios in the industrial outskirts of Los Angeles since 2003. Plunging into the damp basements and tagged streets of contemporary America, Ruby transforms iconographies of industriousness and virtuous craft into masochistic lamentations. Ruby vilifies the artistic gesture as a conditioned response, bound to a history that is, to him, at its best a crutch and at its worst a stifling prison.

For the first time, film crews visit Ruby in his Vernon, California studio complex as he works with a team of assistants to create his famed urethane works. Ruby brings the camera inside the process, offering intimate views of the mixture of chemicals, application of urethane, and the heavy machinery used to invert and transport his works. Where once was the ecstatic solo dance of Jackson Pollock is now the clandestine construction in the studio with Sterling Ruby as its fastidious foreman. The comparison to a laboratory—be it scientific or street drug—is altogether welcome.

Featured in the video is Monument Stalagmite/Juvenile (2013). Standing over fifteen feet tall and shimmering with a high-viscosity finish, it is the latest in the series of the artist’s stalagmite sculptures that were so prominent in his exhibition SUPERMAX 2008 at MOCA. Like drips of water inside a cave, these stalagmite sculptures are material depictions of a process that has been frozen or truncated. An anti-minimalist monument, the sculpture is a continued protest against the repression of a rigid aesthetic system.

In the years before SUPERMAX 2008 Ruby had been working on a body of ceramic objects that mined the latent violence of the kiln. Out of frustration with the scale he turned to urethane, an unforgiving material more commonly used for casting. Ruby enlisted assistants and transformed his practice into an operation bordering on the bureaucratic systems which continue to fascinate the artist. With The Cup (2013) Ruby returns to the domestic form, recasting the vessel as an illicit tool caught in the intermediary position of the pour.
As a document of the artist in the studio Sterling Ruby: Urethane Works is itself a truncated gesture. It is the only documentation of a chapter in his production that will soon come to a close. The make up of the artist demands change.

SAM BLOCH

Oct 232013
 

INVITES ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY  TO PARTICIPATE

ENGAGES EXPANDING AND DIVERSE  ONLINE AUDIENCES

MOCA LAUNCHES NEW AWARENESS AND MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

MOCA / Anything L.A.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles launches today a new awareness and membership campaign boosted by the museum’s fast-growing and diverse online following. The campaign message Art is for You is designed to appeal directly to a broad local and international audience actively participating in contemporary visual culture through social media channels.

MOCA’s activity across the major social media platforms, along with the launch of MOCAtv last year and on-going distribution of original online content, has engaged millions of new museum followers. MOCA approached this new audience with an open invitation to participate in a video series answering questions about their personal experiences with contemporary art in a specially installed video booth at MOCA Grand Avenue. Museum visitors of all ages recorded their thoughts about a favorite MOCA exhibition or artwork, the meaning of contemporary art, and what they hoped to see in the future at a contemporary art museum. Hundreds of participants shared their opinions, including, among others, artists Gary Baseman, Cai Guo-Qiang, Dynasty Handbag, Shepard Fairey, FriendsWithYou, Rafaël Rozendaal, Kenny Scharf, Bec Stupak, Mario Ybarra, Jr., and Aaron Young.

The campaign, which began with a direct mail initiative sent to more than 50,000 recipients, will continue with the premiere of three short videos created from the recorded contributions of the video booth participants. The first video launches today, and viewers will be directed to a dedicated web site with special content and online MOCA membership sign-up at artisforyou.org.

MOCA has presented nearly 400 groundbreaking and critically acclaimed exhibitions since its founding in 1979, with more than 100 focused on the museum’s renowned permanent collection. Part of MOCA’s mission is a deep commitment to educational programming, with the belief that exposure to contemporary art enriches audiences young and old. The message Art is for You reflects the museum’s boundary-pushing programming, encouraging exchanges and interactions between artists and the growing museum public.

Art is for You offers an opportunity for a new audience to be part of MOCA’s history by contributing to its future. Support from MOCA members will help ensure an independent MOCA and allows them to play a direct and personal role in making this remarkable art accessible now and for future generations. Become a MOCA member at artisforyou.org.

Sep 202013
 
MOCA Announces Sharon Stone to Host 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in The Arts Luncheon

Sharon Stone / Anything L.A.

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ANNOUNCES SHARON STONE TO HOST 8TH MOCA AWARD TO DISTINGUISHED WOMEN IN THE ARTS LUNCHEON: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Beverly Wilshire Hotel

 

This year’s highly anticipated award welcomes guests from the contemporary art, philanthropy, film, fashion and entertainment worlds and honors celebrated Los Angeles artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar.
Event Chairman Ricki Ring said, “We are delighted that Sharon Stone will participate in this year’s MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts. She has established herself prominently in the world of film and humanitarian activism. We are proud to include her in this diverse group of outstanding individuals who have set a standard for contemporary visual arts, culture and entertainment in Los Angeles.”

Lita Albuquerque was among the first founding artists for MOCA and gained international acclaim for her ephemeral pigment installations. Helen Pashgian was one of the pioneers of the California Light and Space movement of the 1960s and participated in The Artist’s Museum (2010). Nancy Rubins blazed a trail as one of the most important sculptors of her generation, and her large-scale, outdoor sculpture has been a striking presence at MOCA Grand Avenue for more than a decade. Betye Saar, one of the great assemblagists of our time, participated in important solo and group exhibitions at MOCA including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 1965-1980 (2007) and Sanctified Visions (1990). The four artists were all represented in various exhibitions that were part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, celebrating the birth of the Los Angeles art scene.

A fashion presentation by Los Angeles-based curated space Just One Eye, which offers extraordinary pieces of art, fashion, jewelry and objects and facilitates and fosters creative relationships between artists and designers, will be part of the event.

Presented by The MOCA Projects Council, one of the museum’s major support organizations, the event will benefit MOCA’s award-winning education programming, particularly Contemporary Art Start, which received the 2012 Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education, an honor jointly awarded by the California Association of Museums and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Education.

The MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts was established in 1994 by the MOCA Projects Council to recognize the many gifted women providing leadership and innovation in the visual arts, dance, music, and literature. Past recipients include noted collector and patron Beatrice Gersh (1994), editor Tina Brown (1997), choreographer Twyla Tharp (1999), actress and director Anjelica Huston (2001), and artists Barbara Kruger (2001), Yoko Ono (2003), Jenny Holzer (2010), and Annie Leibovitz (2012).

This year’s event is led by Event Chairman Ricki Ring. Honorary Co-Chairmen are Dallas Price-Van Breda, Carolyn Powers, Catharine Soros, Maria Hummer-Tuttle, and Andrea L. Van De Kamp. The Honorary Event Committee includes Wallis Annenberg, Maria A. Bell, Jackie Blum, Edythe Broad, Kimberly Brooks, Betye Burton, Judy Chang, Christine Alexandra Chiu, Aviva Covitz, Rosette Delug, Mandy Einstein, Susan Gersh, NJ Goldston, Joanne Heyler, Sydney D. Holland, David G. Johnson, Wonmi Kwon, Annie Leibovitz, Deborah McLeod, Marti Oppenheimer, Carla Sands, Sutton Stracke, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz, and Orna Amir Wolens.

Ticket prices range from $275 to $1,000 and tables for 10 are $5,000. To reserve a table or tickets, please contact Paula Morehouse at 213 621 1768 or pmorehouse@moca.org.
Champagne generously provided by Lanson.
Designer table linens generously provided by Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen.
ABOUT THE HOST
Sharon Stone is an actress, producer, writer, song writer/lyricist, activist, and humanitarian. She became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies after her role in “Basic Instinct” (1992). She received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and an Academy Award nomination for “Casino” (1995) as well as the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in A Drama Series and has starred in many critically-acclaimed film and television roles. Off screen, she has dedicated herself to various humanitarian causes and has been recognized for her activism, notably as a long-time advocate for HIV/AIDS research and hunger relief.

ABOUT MOCA EDUCATION
A pioneer in arts education, MOCA presents award-winning programming that benefits adults, families, students, and community members of all ages and backgrounds. For three decades, the museum’s professional educators have made MOCA’s collection and exhibitions accessible to diverse audiences through a myriad of offerings that enable visitors to build relationships with works on view. These programs range from public tours, free Sunday workshops, art talks, courses, and teen internships to community collaborations, such as Contemporary Art Start (CAS)—a nationally recognized art education program that annually serves more than 170 teachers and 5,500 elementary, middle, and high schools students in over 65 schools across the greater Los Angeles area, encouraging creativity and critical thinking through an interactive study of contemporary art.
For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events at MOCA, please call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org.

 

Jul 232013
 

 

Charles Gaines Ensemble Featuring Wadada Leo Smith Sunday, July 28, 3pm MOCA Grand Avenue Ahmanson Auditorium

MOCA presents a one-day-only performance by the Charles Gaines Ensemble Featuring Wadada Leo Smith; an improvisational jazz quartet with Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Loren Pickford on saxophone, John Lindberg on bass, and Los Angeles-based artist Charles Gaines on drums.

This concert is presented in conjunction with Selections from the Permanent Collection a chronological installation of significant works in MOCA’s collection from the 1940s to the present, featuring three of Charles Gaines’ works from the Incomplete Text Series.

FREE with museum admission Reservations not required. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Apr 252013
 
MOCA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF MAJOR WORKS BY RYAN TRECARTIN AND RODNEY MCMILLIAN

MOCA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF MAJOR WORKS BY RYAN TRECARTIN AND RODNEY MCMILLIAN / Anything L.A.

Ryan Trecartin, B: Settings, 2010, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Rodney McMillian, Representation of a Landscape as a Wall, 2012, Acrylic, latex and ink on paper, 14′ x 48.6′, Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

The Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the acquisition of major works by Ryan Trecartin and Rodney McMillian along with additional acquisitions to its collection of more than 6700 works.

The museum has acquired B: Settings (2010) one of the most important groups of works by Ryan Trecartin and his long time collaborator Lizzie Fitch. This unique “sculptural theater,” as the artist describes it, includes four pieces that fuse video and sculpture. B: Settings was presented in the exhibition Any Ever at MOCA in 2010 which was Trecartin’s first major solo museum exhibition in the United States. Other versions of the show were later presented at MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. Reviewing the MoMA PS1 presentation of the show, The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl described Trecartin as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties.”

Ryan Trecartin, who moved to Los Angeles during the time of his MOCA exhibition, is one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work combines painting, sculpture, writing, video, and performance. He is one of the first artists to fully integrate the structure of the internet and social media into his work. In the book Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever that accompanied the exhibition, MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch wrote, “His work looks and feels like life today.”

MOCA’s acquisition will allow four significant elements of Any Ever to stay together. As Kevin McGarry wrote in the introduction of the exhibition, “Taken together, these videos embark on poetic, formal, and structural elaborations of nascent forms of technology, language, narrative, identity, and humanity…The individual videos fit together, block, break, orbit, or attract one another in infinite shifting combinations.”

Trecartin’s B: Settings joins a number of other well-known, large-scale works in MOCA’s collection like Mike Kelley’s Pay for Your Pleasure (1988), Doug Aitken’s Electric Earth (1999), and Urs Fischer’s Portrait of a Single Raindrop (2003), all of which are not just outstanding single pieces but include multiple elements. B: Settings represents several years of the artist’s achievement and is his seminal work of this period. Two major installations by Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch will be featured in the 2013 Venice Biennial. B: Settings was acquired jointly as a gift of Jeffrey Deitch and purchase by the Acquisition and Collection committee.

MOCA has also acquired Los Angeles artist Rodney McMillian’s Representation of a Landscape as a Wall (2012), his most ambitious work to date. McMillian’s work explores subjective narratives, cultural histories, and the politics of the body. In keeping with these themes, this 48 foot painting on paper sculpts the space in which it is exhibited, manipulating the viewer’s experience and encouraging reflection upon the ways we construct our narratives and define our geographies. The museum is deeply committed to collecting McMillian’s work. This is the third work of his to enter the collection. Untitled (flag) (2006-2008) is currently on view at MOCA Grand Avenue as part of Selections from the Permanent Collection. His piece From Asterisks in Dockery (2012) was featured in the exhibition Blues for Smoke at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA last fall. Representation of a Landscape as a Wall was acquired jointly by the Drawings Committee and the Acquisition and Collection Committee.

Ryan Trecartin was born in Webster, Texas in 1981 and received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. He has been featured in international group exhibitions, including 10,000 Lives, The Eighth Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea; Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, England; The Generational: Younger than Jesus, The New Museum, New York; 100 Years, Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; and Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Lizzie Fitch was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Fitch received her BFA in 2004 from the Rhode Island School of Design where she met Ryan Trecartin. They have collaborated and exhibited together for many years. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Rodney McMillian was born in 1969 in Columbia, South Carolina. McMillian had recent solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, including the Whitney Biennial (2008), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Philosophy of Time Travel and Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Painting in Tongues, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. McMillian currently lives in Los Angeles, California and is an Assistant Professor at UCLA in the Department of Art.

MOCA is also pleased to announce the acquisition of Diet Piece: Moral Kinship (2013) by Samara Golden, one of the most exciting emerging artists in Los Angeles, which was purchased with funds from the Acquisition and Collection Committee; and a suite of historic photographs by Bob Mizer, a legendary figure in Los Angeles culture whose work helped to create and define contemporary images of masculinity, which was purchased with funds from the Photography Committee.

Samara Golden was born in Michigan in 1973 and received a MFA from Columbia University, New York; a BFA from the MCAD, Minneapolis; and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Golden is a multimedia artist who reappropriates discarded and found materials and often scavenges images reassigning their meanings as she uses them in her work.

Bob Mizer (1922-1992) was the founder of the influential studio, the Athletic Model Guild and the ground breaking magazine Physique Pictorial. He was known as a photographer-filmmaker and independent publisher. His erotic work focused on the male body and in retrospect served to chronicle the gay community during a time of censorship and heavy legal penalties for the distribution of what were then deemed “obscene” materials. His fascination with beauty and the male physique found echoes in the work of David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, and other artists. Several of Mizer’s models would go on to become Warhol superstars. As a beefcake photographer he succeeded in attaining commercial success, while artistically and formally he continued to push boundaries and experiment with new technologies and advances in photography. He was acutely aware of color, lighting, and composition, and often took great risks to creatively style a shoot and move away from standard or traditional representations of masculinity.

These recent additions to the MOCA collection continue the museum’s commitment to acquiring major works by historical and emerging Los Angeles-based artists.
Bob Mizer, Catalog Board for SW – page 01 & 02, c. 1965 Double-sided, cardboard with black and white photographs, and mixed media, 21 1/2 x 14 in. (54.61 x 35.56 cm), Courtesy of The Bob Mizer Foundation and INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York; Bob Mizer Catalog Board for SW – page 01 & 02, c. 1965 Double-sided; cardboard with black and white photographs, and mixed media 21 1/2 x 14 in. (54.61 x 35.56 cm), Courtesy of The Bob Mizer Foundation and INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York Samara Golden, Diet Piece: Moral Kinship, 2013 Wood panel, paper clay, foam, acrylic, Gorilla glue, framed in Red Oak 38 x 38 x 5 in. (96.52 x 96.52 x 12.7 cm), Courtesy of Night Gallery and the artist, Photo credit: Lee Thompson

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA)
Founded in 1979, MOCA’s mission is to be one of the defining museums of contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history–with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 10,000 members; a world-class permanent collection of more than 6,700 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues. MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. General admission is $12 for adults; $7 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for MOCA members, children under 12, and everyone on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm,courtesy of Wells Fargo. MOCA Pacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213 626 6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org

Mar 012013
 

SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION March 3, 2013–January 27, 2014 MOCA Grand Avenue

 MOCA SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, Selections from the Permanent Collection presents a chronological installation of significant works from MOCA’s collection from the 1940s to the present. Representing important historical movements such as abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, conceptual art, and postmodernism, as well as recent works by Los Angeles-based artists, the exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Bell, Hanne Darboven, Willem deKooning, Mark Grotjahn, Franz Kline, Sherrie Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Rodney McMillian, Cady Noland, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Mark Rothko, and others.

Jan 162013
 

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA), PRESENTS:

MOCA PRESENTS The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

 

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection:Fifty Works for Fifty States at MOCAFebruary 10 – March 11, 2013 MOCA Grand Avenue

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States at MOCA, on view at MOCA Grand Avenue from February 10 through March 11, 2013.Herbert Vogel (1922–2012), spent most of his working life as a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel (born1935), was a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Setting their collecting priorities above all else, they became knowledgeable and passionate about art, delighted in discovering new work and were fullycommitted to the artists whose work moved them. Buying directly from artists and often in installments, they  amassed one of the most important private collections of post-1960s art, including minimalists andconceptualists, painters, sculptors, and photographers who revolutionized artmaking.

In 2008 Dorothy and Herb Vogel made an extraordinary gift of artwork to the country by donating fifty worksfrom their collection to fifty individual institutions across the United States.

MOCA was chosen as the receiving institution in California and became part of the historic Fifty Works for Fifty States project, which MOCA presents The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at MOCA: Fifty Works for Fifty Statesincludes significant works by Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Lynda Benglis, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas, Edda Renouf, and Richard Tuttle, among others. MOCA will show all fifty works of this generous gift in its Grand Avenue building as a testament to the commitment of two passionate and dedicated contemporary artcollectors, and their wish to share their collection with the public and bring greater awareness to the art of  our time. More information of the Fifty Works for Fifty States project can be found at http://vogel5050.org.

Museum of Contemporary Art, THE DOROTHY AND HERBERTVOGEL COLLECTION: FIFTY WORKS FOR FIFTY STATES, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy andHerbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Museum of Contemporary Art, THE DOROTHY AND HERBERT VOGEL COLLECTION: FIFTY WORKS FOR FIFTY STATES, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy  and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for theArts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA) Founded in 1979, MOCA’s mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art.

The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history—with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 10,000 members; a world-class permanent collection of nearly 6,700 works international in scope and among the finest in thenation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated;award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time.

MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues. MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday;and closed onTuesday and Wednesday. General admission is $12 for adults; $7 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+);and free for MOCA members, children under 12, and everyone on Thursdays, from 5pm to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo.

MOCAPacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday;and closed on Monday.Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free. For 24-hour information on currentexhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213 626 6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org.

Jan 152013
 

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA), PRESENTS

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California

MOCA PRESENTS A New Sculpturalism

June 2, 2013–September 2, 2013 The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California, the first extensive, scholarly examination of the radical forms that have become prolific in Southern California architecture during the past twenty-five years. The exhibition begins by focusing on work from the mid-1980s, a period when postmodernism was waning and buildings by Frank Gehry, Franklin D. Israel, Thom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, and Eric Owen Moss were expanding the possibilities of form. First identified by Charles Jencks as the L.A. School in the early 1990s, this loose cluster of practitioners evolved into a larger galaxy centered on common theoretical and technical approaches as well as Los Angeles’ unique urban landscape.

The exhibition moves on to highlight the subsequent generations of expressive, experimental, and avant-garde architects in Los Angeles, while also exploring the influence of the city itself—its geography, schools, politics, and socioeconomic character—on their work. Celebrating the ideas, projects, and processes of major and emerging figures in contemporary Los Angeles architecture, the exhibition presents works by over thirty architectural firms based in Los Angeles, including AC Martin Partners, Atelier Manferdini, B + U, Ball-Nogues Studio, Belzberg Architects, Bestor Architecture, Brooks + Scarpa Architects, Coscia Day Architecture and Design, Coy Howard & Company, Daly Genik Architects, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Franklin D. Israel Design Associates, Gehry Partners, Greg Lynn FORM, Hodgetts + Fung, JOHNSTONMARKLEE, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, MAKE Architecture, Mark Mack Architects, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Morphosis Architects, Neil M. Denari Architects, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Patrick Tighe Architecture, Predock Frane Architects, Randall Stout Architects, RoTo Architects, Saee Studio, Studio Works Architects, Tom Wiscombe Design, Touraine Richmond Architects, VOID, Warren Techentin Architecture, and XTEN Architecture.

Presented at The Geffen Contemporary, whose signature space was created with Frank Gehry’s 1983 renovation and intended by the architect as a kind of active “arts studio”, the exhibition aims to rethink how museums display architecture. A  key concept for the show is that the  visitor experience architecture primarily in its three-dimensional form with models, full-scale maquettes and full-size built structures. Also emphasized is the process of making architecture and how this has changed in the last twenty-five years. In addition to showcasing a range of built work, four pavilions designed especially for the exhibition by younger and emerging Los Angeles firms will be presented. These structures will succinctly demonstrate that many of the earlier innovations that took place in the late 1970s and 1980s are still very much part of the dialogue in architecture today. It will also highlight the changes and advancements in digital technology that have allowed for the use of a plethora of new geometries and materials.

Exhibition curator Christopher Mount observed, “During the past quarter century, a significant proportion of the architecture produced in Los Angeles has been uniquely expressive, unnervingly experimental and challenging.” “Los Angeles provides a special territory for experimentation in architecture,” adds MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch, “and this exhibition continues MOCA’s longstanding commitment to the architects of our time.” A New Sculpturalism:

Contemporary Architecture from Southern California is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by Rizzoli, featuring a wide range of critical voices on this significant period of architecture in Southern California. In addition to an essay by the curator, the publication includes contributions from University of California, Berkeley professor Margaret Crawford; Los Angeles–based freelance journalist, editor, and photographer Sam Lubell; architectural historian, writer and curator Nicholas Olsberg; and the show’s curatorial research assistant Johanna Vandemoortele. The publication also features an extensive bibliography and charts depicting the overlapping academic and professional influences on the architects of this period compiled for the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized by guest curator Christopher Mount. A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways. Generous support is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. IMAGES: Neil M. Denari Architects, Alan-Voo House, Los Angeles, 2007, © Fotoworks/Benny Chan; Eric Owen Moss Architects, Samitaur, Los Angeles, California, 1996, © Tom Bonner MEMBERS’ OPENING Saturday, June 1, 2013 The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA MOCA members are invited to join us for the opening of A New Sculpturalism:

Contemporary Architecture from Southern California. Please bring your MOCA membership card to admit you and a guest. INFO 213 621 1794 or membership1@moca.org; no reservations necessaryMOCA PRESENTS A NEW SCULPTURALISM: CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA) Founded in 1979, MOCA’s mission is to be one of the defining museums of contemporary art.

The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history—with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 10,000 members; a world-class permanent collection of more than 6,700 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time.

MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues. MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. General admission is $12 for adults; $6 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for MOCA members, children under 12, and everyone on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm,courtesy of Wells Fargo. MOCA Pacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free.

For 24- hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org.

Dec 182012
 

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES, PRESENTS

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES PRESENTS URS FISCHER

URS FISCHER

April 21, 2013–August 19, 2013
MOCA Grand Avenue
& The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES PRESENTS URS FISCHER

About the Artist
Urs Fischer was born in 1973 in Zurich, Switzerland. Fischer studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich; visited de Ateliers, Amsterdam, ; was an artist in residence at Delfina Studio Trust; and has lived and worked in Zurich, London, Los Angeles, and New York. Fischer produces work in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has been exhibiting since 1995. His installations and sculptures have been included in group exhibitions and biennales internationally. Among the major exhibitions in which his work was included are: Manifesta 3 and the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2007, and 2011. His first major solo exhibition, “Kir Royal,” was at Kunsthaus Zurich in 2004 and other significant museum exhibitions include “Not My House Not My Fire,” Espace 315, Centre Pompidou (2004); “Mary Poppins,” Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the University of Houston, Texas (2006); Cockatoo Island, Kaldor Art Projects and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Sydney (2007); “Marguerite de Ponty,” New Museum, New York (2009–10); “Oscar the Grouch,” The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut (2010–11); “Skinny Sunrise,” Kunsthalle Wien (2012); and “Madame Fisscher,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012). His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including “Lustwarande 2011—Blemishes,” Park De Oude Warande, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2011); “L’invention de l’oeuvre: Rodin et les ambassadeurs,” Musée Rodin, Paris (2011); “Modern British Sculpture,” Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century,” New Museum, New York (2007–08); “Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection,” Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2007–08); and “Cinq milliards d’années,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006–07).

Nov 212012
 

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA), PRESENTS

SOME LOS ANGELES ARTISTS AT MOCA

JASON SCHMIDT: SOME LOS ANGELES ARTISTS

SOME LOS ANGELES ARTISTS AT MOCA

Now on view through March 18, 2013 MOCA Grand Avenue

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Jason Schmidt: Some Los Angeles Artists, now on view at MOCA Grand Avenue through March 18, 2013.

Since 1997, photographer Jason Schmidt has been making intimate portraits of artists around the world as part of his ongoing project Artists. Selected from over 500 photographs that currently make up this series, the 23 images on view at MOCA represent several generations of artists working in an array of disciplines—painting, sculpture, video, performance, and installation—all of whom are based in Los Angeles. Schmidt photographs each artist in a place significant to each artist’s work. ‚Unlike some other photographers of artists who work in series and record multiple images, Schmidt crystallizes his experience of the artists and their work into a single image. His ‘one shot’ approach results in some of the most iconic images of the leading artists of our time,‛ said MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch.

Carting a Linhof 4×5 and Nikon cameras past warehouses and deserts, up and down several hundred flights of stairs, into living rooms and garages, next to beaches, canals, and pools (as well as in them), in fields and gardens, half-naked and barefoot, in cemeteries and next to stripper poles, Schmidt documents artists as they make their work. Both portraits and environments, each experience with an artist is singular—the resultant photograph is often a mixture of collaboration and on-the-spot inventiveness. Schmidt attempts to capture the artists in a concise, material way, given the restrictions that the studio or location provides.

Schmidt never editorializes, fakes scenarios or concocts clever, telltale demonstrations; he never imposes his conception of what an artist should be doing, but simply documents the sudden moment where the photographer enters into the special domain of the artist. Jason Schmidt is a New York City based photographer. He received a Bachelors degree in Art History from Columbia University in 1992. Schmidt specializes in portraits of artists and cultural figures as well as documenting interiors and architecture.

Since 2000 Schmidt has photographed over 500 contemporary fine artists, in their studios and with their work. His first book Artists was published in 2007, by Steidl. His second book on the subject will be published in 2013. His work has been anthologized and collected and the entire series of artist pictures is in the collection of Martin Marguiles. Schmidt regularly shoots for magazines and advertisers including The New York Times Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Wallpaper, IBM, Microsoft and J.Crew.  Images: Jason Schmidt, Jason Rhoades, 2006, color photograph, 16 x 20 inches; Jason Schmidt, Liz Larner, 2001, color photograph, 16 x 20 inches THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA)    Founded in 1979, MOCA’s mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art.

The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history—with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 13,500 members; a world-class permanent collection of nearly 6,700 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time.

MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues. MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

General admission is $12 for adults; $7 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for MOCA members, children under 12, and everyone on Thursdays, from 5pm to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo.

MOCA Pacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free.

For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at moca.org.  MOCA MEDIA CONTACTS Lyn Winter, Director of Communications Tel 213 633 5390