December 20, 2013 |
MOCA is taking comedy seriously these days. On Thursday evening, the museum held a cocktail reception and “world premiere” screening of a new Web comedy series debuting on MOCAtv, the YouTube channel it launched just more than a year ago. “Ambiance Man,” created and directed by artist Alix Lambert, follows a taken-for-granted superhero, in renaissance garb, who does not aim to save the world but rather to make it a more pleasant place,...
November 21, 2013 |
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger helped his girlfriend L'Wren Scott celebrate her holiday collection with Banana Republic at a launch party Tuesday night at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. [Examiner] Adam Levine, named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," expects to take a lot of ribbing from his Maroon 5 bandmates. [People] Pippa Middleton tried out the sheer-gown trend that's becoming ubiquitous on runways, wearing a semi-sheer black embroidered dress to the Sugarplum Ball in London on Wednesday.
November 20, 2013 |
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
November 10, 2013 |
The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for "Casino," Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace's mother in the film "Lovelace. " The fashion show: More than an awards ceremony, the Wednesday affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel culminated in a fashion show by Just One Eye, a Los Angeles boutique co-founded by Paola Russo with an eclectic selection from well-known luxury designers and rising stars.
November 1, 2013 |
The big Jeff Koons retrospective that originally had been slated to debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in January isn't expected to arrive in town until 2015, but fans of the contemporary artist have an opportunity to sate their Koons craving sooner rather later. Koons is set to participate in a public talk Feb. 24 with filmmaker John Waters at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. The talk will be part of the Broad's The Un-Private Collection series in association with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles's ALOUD series. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Eli Broad has a number of Koons' works in his private collection, some of which will be on display in the inaugural exhibition of The Broad museum, which is expected to open to the public in late 2014.
October 23, 2013 |
Building on the success of its YouTube channel, MOCAtv -- which features original documentaries, interviews with artists and an animated series and has more than 150,000 subscribers internationally -- the Museum of Contemporary Art is broadening its digital reach. On Wednesday, MOCA launched a new membership campaign, “Art is for You,” aimed at a digitally savvy audience. The campaign “is designed to appeal directly to a broad local and international audience actively participating in contemporary visual culture through social media channels,” the museum said in a statement.
October 23, 2013 |
"Better LA Than NYC" Those words went up on Wednesday afternoon on a new, L.A.-dedicated website that looks like a spinoff of the Banksy website documenting the British street artist's monthlong “residency” in New York. Of course, like the fake Banksy Twitter account now followed by more than 36,000 people, this too could be a prank. Banksy's New York sojourn, “Better Out Than In,” is currently stalled “due to police activity,” his website said Wednesday morning.
October 16, 2013 |
Jeffrey Deitch says his next move in the art world following his premature exit as director of Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art will happen in New York City: a bid to create a “hybrid” between a museum mounting exhibitions geared to a broad general audience, and a gallery that doesn't have to deal with the complex institutional issues that come with running a nonprofit museum. “I'm more interested in the exhibition project than the institution,” Deitch said Tuesday after engaging in a public conversation about creativity and entrepreneurship with fellow guest Michael Chow, known for making visual artists and their work part of the fabric of his Mr. Chow Chinese restaurants, and host Steven Lavine, president of California Institute of the Arts.
October 1, 2013 |
There's a whole lot of L.A. talent fronting the Russian edition of Garage magazine's Fall/Winter 2013 issue, thanks to Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy and artist John Baldessari, who collaborated on the cover. The cover image is reproduced from a collage that combines a black-and white photo of a classic Old Hollywood pose with an eye-catching blue, black and pink tie-dye pattern that sharp-eyed fashion folks may well recognize from Rodarte's Santa Cruz inspired Fall/Winter 2013 runway collection (a piece from that collection can be seen above right)
September 18, 2013 |
Eli Broad said Tuesday that he won't continue giving $3 million a year to his new museum's across-the-street neighbor, the Museum of Contemporary Art, ending his five-year run as its primary funder. But he thinks his museum, called the Broad, will be a boon to MOCA's attendance, even though general admission will be free and MOCA charges $12 for admission. "I don't have any plans to make another pledge; but you never know," Broad said Tuesday while hosting guests for a "hard-hat tour" of the construction site for his museum, which is expected to open in late 2014, across Grand Avenue from MOCA.