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Even if the Museum of Contemporary Art has been under fire for tilting exhibitions toward celebrity and pop, at least it has good taste in nightlife. The museum and the local label IAMSOUND have collaborated on a trio of intriguing events at the Geffen Contemporary gallery with national and local experimental musicians -- and a strong shot of art-world celebrity as well.
PLAY MOCA, a series helmed by IAMSOUND's new signees IO Echo, will match acts like the doom-stricken synth trio Salem, the ambitious avant-garde crooner Zola Jesus and the uncannily creepy doo-wop group Cults with a rotation of dance troupes and visual artists. Drew Barrymore, "Black Swan's" Benjamin Millepied, the high-fashion line Rodarte and video director Emmett Malloy will present work alongside them, pairing disciplines to make for some singularly spooky nights out.
The shows come on the heels of several other novel and music-informed MOCA exhibits, including Beastie Boy Mike D's "Transmission LA: AV Club" and MOCA TV, a new contemporary-art themed channel on YouTube.