Inspired by Diego Rivera’s iconic Detroit Industry murals (1932–33) for the Detroit Institute of Art, MOCAD’s guest curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the Jewish Museum Jens Hoffmann invited a group of international artists to conceive new murals based on the history of Detroit. Eighty years after the completion of Rivera’s monumental work, The Past Is Present commemorates Detroit’s journey while concurrently referencing the Detroit Historical Society’s motto. Made by artists from around the world whose works are rooted in explorations of history, political conflict, and social change, these works allow an opportunity to begin where Rivera left off, examining the history of the city from contemporary points of view….
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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is pleased to announce the publication ofEngagement Party: Social Practice at MOCA, 2008–2012. This comprehensive, fully illustrated examination of the artworks created during the run of MOCA’s influential Engagement Party program is the first museum publication to deal in-depth with the emerging discipline of social practice in the visual arts. Published by MOCA and distributed by D.A.P., the 240-page catalogue is available beginning January 1, 2013…
The UC San Diego University Art Gallery (UAG) teams up with Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI) to present a customized version of Living as Form (The Nomadic Version). The exhibition is an unprecedented, international project exploring over twenty years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement. In collaboration with 25 curators from around the world, Nato Thompson has selected 48 socially engaged projects produced in the last 20 years as the foundation of this exhibition…
‘Possible Worlds: Mario Ybarra Jr., Karla Diaz, and Slanguage Studio Select from the Permanent Collections’ at LACMA connects a residency site in Watts, California with the LACMA collection and campus.In collaboration with LACMA and the Watts House Project, an artist-driven urban revitalization project centered around the historic Watts Towers, Ybarra, Diaz, and Slanguage, the artist’s team of collaborators, participated in a residency at the home of longtime residents of Watts, the Garcia family….
Slanguage co-founders Mario Ybarra, Jr. and Karla Diaz left Los Angeles in February for ARCOmadrid_2010 for an installation and performance called Police and Thieves as part of Invisible Cities, curated by Kris Kuramitsu and Christopher Miles, at the Instituto Cervantes. This installation, named after Junior Murvin’s song “Police and Thieves,” features the struggle between cops and robbers from Los Angeles’ mean streets and displays all sorts of LAPD and bad guy sundries.
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