Archinect - News 2017-08-16T19:50:32-04:00 Dear Museums: Stop Making Nonsense Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-18T16:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-14T23:10:10-04:00 <em><p>In one sense, spectacle shows represent acute risk aversion on the part of museums. It's cousin to the disease that has sacked Hollywood, where only remakes and sequels promise the margins that justify a global blockbuster production&mdash;so only remakes and sequels get greenlighted.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>A comment in facebook from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vasif Kortun</a> acutely puts the question in words.</p><p>"A question rises now in Indiana: Can a pizzeria (or pharmacy, or pediatrics practice) discriminate against LGBTQ families (or seniors, or children) because the business as an entity feels it has a religious obligation to do so? Museums might have a say&nbsp;in this argument, pressing at the boundaries of the public sphere with provocative art or exploring its depths with nuanced installations. The same goes for the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#BlackLivesMatter</a>&nbsp;demonstrations, which push on the pillars of American civic identity. Museums avoided them. (What's on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art? "Dream Cars" opens May 3. Thank goodness for Indy MOCA.)"</p> Los Angeles cultural boom gives city’s artists spaces they can call home Alexander Walter 2014-10-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;People used to complain that people went to New York to buy what they could buy in LA,&rdquo; said Kathy Halbreich, the associate director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think that happens anymore. I think there&rsquo;s a recognition that the city matters, that the people aren&rsquo;t just there for the weather. You see a level of ambition that&rsquo;s been ratcheted up.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MOCA Announces New Performance Festival for Downtown LA Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T21:02:49-04:00 <img src="" width="615" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month, audiences will be able to check out the first program to emerge from Vergne's nascent administration: Step and Repeat, a multidisciplinary festival of performing arts, takes place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over four Saturday evenings, beginning Sept. 13 [...] Step and Repeat will feature a unique nightly lineup of poetry readings, noise/experimental music, performance art, stand-up comedy, live bands and deejays, all presented side by side.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The news that performance and other public programming will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a sign for some that the new director,&nbsp;Philippe Vergne, is already returning the embattled museum &nbsp;to its former strength. Vergne replaced the former director Jeffrey Deitch, whose stewarding of the institution provoked controversy and ended in his resignation. Some&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contended</a> that Deitch oriented the museum too much around pop culture and celebrity, with exhibits like "Rebel" featuring the work of James France and "Art in the Streets" about graffiti. When he announced a show about disco, prestigious artists like Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned</a> from the museum board.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>MOCA has a long history of being an "artist's museum," due to the active and experimental role of artists in its programming. For example, the ongoing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOCAtv</a> showcases the works of artists who have not necessarily fully broken into the mainstream, such as the recent episodes by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Jogging</a> or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed Fornieles</a>. ...</p> Editor's Picks #323 Nam Henderson 2013-07-09T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T13:42:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benjamin Paulker interviewed Frank Gehry for Foreign Policy</a>&nbsp;regarding his first project in the Arab World.&nbsp;<strong>sameolddoctor</strong> was amused "<em>It is funny that Gehry thinks of himself as a humanitarian</em>"&nbsp;but <strong>pvbeeber</strong> wondered "<em>Not sure why everyone is giving him such a hard time.&nbsp; What other architects working in the Middle East would hire a human rights lawyer to make sure that workers are treated fairly?&nbsp; Gehry's also one of the few starchitects who bothers to pay his interns</em>".</p> <p> <strong>citizen</strong> took exception to the "<em>Epiphanies from Frank Gehry</em>" title "<em>I'm not giving FOG a hard time.&nbsp; Bully for him...I'm giving the Archinect editors --with whom I generally concur, but who often title these little pieces ridiculously-- the hard time</em>". However as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>citizen.... the title given to this page is the title of the article to which it is referring...</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed the new architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art</a> - concluding "<em>When architects de...</em></p> LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne calls MOCA's revamped architecture show "a model of insularity" Archinect 2013-07-01T17:26:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T20:56:37-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that the exhibition has opened at the museum's Geffen Contemporary branch in Little Tokyo, where it will limp along through the middle of September as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents series, it's clear that it is the product of an architectural ruling class in Los Angeles that is not so much dysfunctional as increasingly insular.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> See the MOCA U-Hauls Full of Ingenious Architectural Solutions - LA Architects Making the World a Better Place Archinect 2013-06-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T03:50:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A squadron of U-Hauls descended on the parking lot in front of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA last weekend, setting up a pop-up architecture exhibition in the first in a series of events called On the Road. The U-Hauls served as temporary displays for the work of up-and-coming, experimental architecture practices here in Los Angeles--where architecture businesses are known for being experimental, even if they don't often get a chance to deploy those innovations in Los Angeles.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gehry pulls out of MOCA's 'A New Sculpturalism' exhibition Archinect 2013-05-03T16:11:00-04:00 >2013-05-08T23:30:12-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry has pulled out of a major architecture exhibition set to open June 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a move that could force the show to find a new venue or face the prospect of being canceled altogether. The exhibition... is an exploration of the last 25 years of Los Angeles architecture, with work by Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Maltzan, Barbara Bestor, Lorcan O'Herlihy and many younger architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MOCA architecture show, funded by Getty, could face cancellation Archinect 2013-05-02T12:46:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T12:46:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The exhibition was planned as an exploration of the last 25 years of Los Angeles architecture, with work by Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Maltzan, Barbara Bestor and many younger architects. It was funded in part by a Getty Foundation grant of $445,000. No other single show in the PSTP series received a grant as large, according to a Getty press release. A 272-page catalog, co-published by Rizzoli, is already complete.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Facing delays in finishing the installation of the show, the show will be canceled, or, at best, delayed.</p> Something out of Nothing: Marcia Tucker, Jeffrey Deitch and the De-regulation of the Contemporary-Museum Model Orhan Ayyüce 2012-04-01T22:49:00-04:00 >2012-04-13T15:42:18-04:00 <img src="" width="445" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Being a successful collector or dealer does not qualify one to make substantial decisions towards our collective cultural patrimony.</p></em><br /><br /><p> art&amp;education publishes an excellent paper by Nizan Shaked. As the title suggests, it discusses and exposes the forces and conditions behind this billion dollar industry that created by power brokers and&nbsp;billionaire&nbsp;businessman and their art&nbsp;advisers, museum directors and junior collector class, trail of money and more importantly,&nbsp;manipulating&nbsp;and exploiting&nbsp;our collective cultural patrimony.</p> <p> Witnessing, critiquing dozens of naive and exploited museum design projects by architecture students, I can highly recommend an article that needs to be read and understood by all the students and their instructors while doing such projects. If anything, it will make you understand the destination of your project better and possibly change your direction and delivery.</p> <p> Silence=Death.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Jeffrey Deitch can't even please the neo-con's Javier Arbona 2011-04-25T12:46:38-04:00 >2011-04-25T12:49:16-04:00 <img src="" width="180" height="246" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Deitch&rsquo;s Disneyesque barrio gave New Yorkers who would never dream of getting off the subway north of 96th Street that delightful frisson of proximity to the underclass, just as the graffiti cult provides affluent viewers with the sense that they are in touch with authentic ghetto culture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here is a totally hilarious, angry finger-wag from the libertarian/neo-con City Journal. It calls out the "petite" Jeffrey Deitch and LA's Museum of Contemporary Art because, apparently, ensconcing graffiti *<em>within</em>* the museum walls is not enough for the author as a containment of the "vandalism." The cranky author calls out Deitch, MOCA, and graf artists on their "hypocrisy," but why complain? They're doing exactly what she wants! (And by the way, she calls Obey artist Shepard Fairey Jeffrey Deitch's "poodle.") [Via @a_small_lab] Radical Graffiti Chic by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Spring 2011</p> The Problem With Vandalism Javier Arbona 2011-04-21T19:06:43-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...a local Street Artist tweaks the nose of MOCA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Art in the Streets&rdquo; with some actual Street Art in situ...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Problem With Vandalism is MOCA itself!</p> Jeffrey Deitch: We Need Bail Bonds! Javier Arbona 2011-04-20T14:57:30-04:00 >2011-04-22T21:20:09-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Los Angeles Police Department believes one of two French nationals detained on suspicion of vandalism near MOCA's Little Tokyo gallery was the famed street artist known as "Space Invader."</p></em><br /><br /><p> LAPD demonstrating real great skills. Jeffrey Deitch, already known as Mr. Urban Maintenance for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">censoring</a> commissioned artist Blu, is no where to be seen, except to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">say</a> "If you harness your talent you can be in a museum some day, make a contribution and a living from it." What a real piece of work, this guy.</p> Art as MOCA-latte: APPROVED-DISAPPROVED Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-09T15:50:48-04:00 >2011-04-24T12:02:25-04:00 <img src="" width="209" height="197" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Los Angeles MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch ordered the removal of artist Blu&lsquo;s mural, which he commissioned, from the wall of his museum, he was quickly accused of censorship by various folks in the art community. In response to his act, an anonymous street artist put up a wheatpasted mural near MOCA that depicted Deitch as the Ayatollah Khomeini, dressed in traditional garb, holding a dripping paint roller with outstretched arm &ndash; fresh from removing Blu&rsquo;s mural from the museum&rsquo;s wall.</p></em><br /><br /><p> MOCA further sucks it up to its Blu(es) and PR's a Tea Party like survey on what art 'you'd' suck up to.&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peviously</a></p> No Blu Wash Orhan Ayyüce 2010-12-17T14:56:46-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> MOCA commissions a mural from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blu</a> and than finds it offensive and whitewashes it. Artist says it is cencorship. The museum <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">director</a> says he was in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> art fair when it was painted. <a href=",0,6698582.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latimes</a><br> MOCA commissions a mural from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blu</a> and than finds it offensive and whitewashes it. Artist says it is cencorship. The museum <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">director</a> says he was in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> art fair when it was painted. <a href=",0,6698582.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latimes</a></p>