Hear in the City’s arts editor, Jesse Lerner, breaks down some of the contradictions of MOCA’s ultra-popular Art in the Streets exhibition at the Geffen Temporary Contemporary in downtown Los Angeles.
On this episode of Hear in the City we attend the unveiling of a 340 ton rock that crossed 22 cities and 4 counties from a quarry in Hurupah Valley, Riverside, California to land in Los Angeles as the latest object to be added to the list of land art in the world…and we preview Radio Ambulante, a new show that brings the best of radio story-telling to a pan-American audience, en español.
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On this week’s episode, we hang out with founders and fans of independent film gem, the Echo Park Film Center on the occasion of their 10th anniversary, and we review some lesser known work of a yellow press stalwart from 1940’s New York and L.A. Plus, a coda from the Baldwin Hills.
“Art in the Streets” is set to debut in April of this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA). This show is planned to be a comprehensive statement on international street art, cholo graffiti art, tattoo art, and skater art from the 1970’s to the present moment. The exhibition has already drawn attention in artists’ circles and in international press prior to the scheduled opening, primarily because of the whitewashing of one of its commissioned works.
As part of the “Art in the Streets” exhibition, the Italian street artist known as BLU was hired by MOCA to paint a mural on the north wall of the Geffen Temporary Contemporary in Little Tokyo. The images of coffins draped in dollar bills- a direct commentary on the U.S. Defense Department’s refusal to allow photography of soldiers’ coffins returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The museum had the mural was removed just after its completion. New museum director Jeffrey Deitch explained to the Los Angeles Times that the work could be seen as offensive by other members of the Little Tokyo community that is home to a Japanese-American veterans war memorial and to the Veterans Affairs hospital.
We wanted to get a sense of how street art and white-washing continue to affect local artists in Los Angeles.
Hear In The City Producer Luis Sierra Campos, spoke with Alex Poli, who goes by the name of MANONE, and who directs CREWEST Gallery in Downtown LA. MANONE was instrumental in organizing a permitted 10,000 square foot graffiti mural on the Los Angeles River in 2008. The mural was later ordered whitewashed by county supervisor Gloria Molina.
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Hear in the City Art and Film Contributor Jesse Lerner reviews a show of South American avant garde work Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space, is the first museum exhibition to situate pioneering Latin American artists among the international canon of those working with light and space at MOCA: Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo.