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February 6, 2011
Los Angeles, California
May 7, 2008
New York, New York
June 6, 2003
The Geffen is a warehouse-like, cavernous space, separated by 3/4 walls and a raised platform. It was the perfect setting for Juan Muñoz--almost eerie and enough open space to feel deserted--who plays with presence, felt absences, and vacantness. His Hanging Figure (1997) is haunting; it was inspired by a Degas painting (Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando) that takes its perspective from below. Here, one looks up at a figure dangling from a rope on the ceiling by his teeth, and the matte grey body twists ever so slightly back and forth.
The most striking of all, though, was Many Times (2000)--MOCA shows all 100 of the original figures upon a raised platform, behind Hanging Figure. They are painted in the same matte grey, and arranged in such a fashion that they appear to be in a town square or plaza--some are talking, others looking up at something the viewer can't see, others strolling. One can walk up among them, and upon further inspection, one notices that they're all missing feet. They each have on identical Mao-era coats and pants, colorless eyes, and similar expressions--giving a sterile, frozen, and inaccessible feel. One can see them gesturing, yet can't fathom what they're talking about. It flips the traditional art-for-the-audience motif, and the viewer tries in vain to access the figures.
Yutaka Sone's Jungle Island (2003) is located outside in the open-air annex, which has white marble models of four separate LA freeway interchanges hidden amongst a jungle of plants and trees and a small web of cedar chip trails (which smell delicious). The context shows the interchanges as "flowers in the city"--or in an urban jungle--especially meaningful to a city so defined by automobiles.
There's a tiny bookstore that's packed with lots of interesting books and magazines, and single cooler where you can purchase a drink.
The current show only lasts until July 27th, and upcoming shows are TBA (check MOCA). There are extended hours on Thursday evening, and Thursdays are free for everyone (but it'll be a little busier).
Tues.-Wed., Friday-Sun., 11am-5pm; Thurs. 11am to 8pm.
$8 general; $5 students and seniors; under 12 free. Free to all on Thursday.
From journal City of Angels
New York City, New York
March 7, 2001
From journal La La Land