L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art may not be well-endowed financially, but it’s getting ready to shake its booty nevertheless: An upcoming exhibition will examine the cultural impact of disco music, according to a report Tuesday by the New York Observer’s GalleristNY blog.
Basing his post on an interview Monday with museum Director Jeffrey Deitch, blogger Michael H. Miller reported that the exhibition, “Fire in the Disco,” will be co-curated by James Murphy of the now-disbanded dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem. Deitch told the blog that he’s been talking to Murphy about the project for nearly a year, and it’s “quite far along in … development,” although no date has been set. Live music and DJs will be included.
A MOCA spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the show is “in development,” but said no further details were available.
Deitch likened 1970s disco to Cubism as a movement that began in an urban subculture and “within a few years spread all around the world.” Disco influenced fashion, film and art as well as music, he said, while having “a tremendous impact on gay liberation [and] the connection between black, white [and] Hispanic. It became a universal language.”
Plans for the exhibition call for a series of rooms replicating some of history’s famous discos, including objects from the original dance clubs.