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Fischli and Weiss: Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go) presents Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s celebrated 1987 video The Way Things Go at MOCA Pacific Design Center! From 1979 until Weiss’s death in 2012, the two artists worked collaboratively to produce a body of work spanning film, sculpture, installation, photography, and works on paper. This video captures a well-orchestrated sequence in which everyday materials (plastic bags, tires, balloons, candles) are set in motion to create a Rube Goldberg machine-like domino effect where simple tasks are executed by elaborate and unnecessary series of events. Fischli and Weiss unravel a notion of progress tied to efficiency and embrace the absurd and unruly as essential values of daily life. [Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go), 1987, single-channel video (color and sound), 31 minutes, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, purchased with funds provided by Robert and Judith Faust, © Peter Fischli and David Weiss, courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery]

@ZolaJesus performing at MOCA Music!

@Smerz_ opening tonight for MOCA Music at MOCA Geffen!

[Ralph Steiner, Clothes Line, 1925 (PRINTED 1980), Silver print, Image: 5 x 4 in. (12.7 x 10.2 cm) Other (Board): 17 x 14 in. (43.2 x 35.6 cm)]

Tomorrow night at MOCA Geffen is MOCA Music with @Smerz_, @ZolaJesus, @LawrenceRothman, and DJ Michael Stock! This event is free with RSVP. (Link in bio) [Excerpt from Smerz’s Oh my my, 2017]

This is the last week to see Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 at MOCA Geffen, which closes Monday, July 24. [Installation view of Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, April 2–July 24, 2017 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest]

Thursday is MOCA Music at MOCA Geffen with @ZolaJesus, @LawrenceRothman, @Smerz_, and DJ Michael Stock! This event is free with RSVP.(Link in bio) [Excerpt from Zola Jesus’ Taiga, 2014]

Fran Siegel: “For me, drawing is a malleable medium with a realm of possibilities for exploring itinerant and transitory subjects. I’m interested in investigating things that aren’t still, such as shifting light and movement.” [Fran Siegel, Overland 14, 2011, Cyanotype, ink, pencil, and pigment on cut paper, 96 x 138 in. (243.84 x 350.52 cm)]

Jitish Kallat: “The idea of place is important to me but this is not the idea of place applied as an adjective to the artist or the artwork. I feel that the whole act of describing oneself as an Indian artist might not be a very productive enterprise… In today’s hyperlinked world where inspiration and stimuli are borderless, attaching the noun ‘Indian’ like an adjective to describe an artist may not hold good as the descriptive capability of that adjective to differentiate has somewhat dissolved.” [Jitish Kallat, Friendly Fire (Clouds in the Water) 28, 2006-2008, Frame (Black painted wood): 35 x 47 x 2 in. (88.9 x 119.38 x 5.08 cm)Image: 27 3/16 x 39 in. (69.06 x 99.06 cm)]

Maurizio Cattelan: “If you are a plumber, there is an objective way to establish whether you put together a great piping system or not. Art is a bit more slippery than that.” [Maurizio Cattelan, La Nona Ora, 2003, Plaster coated with silver, 7 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 9 9/16 in. (19.05 x 46.36 x 24.33 cm)]

William Kentridge: "There’s a nostalgia built into the way the world works now. Technology has become more and more invisible." [William Kentridge, Learning the Flute, 2003, 35mm film transferred to video, blackboard, and easel, Other (Blackboard): 50 x 65 1/8 in. (127 x 165.42 cm) Other (Easel): 78 3/4 x 45 x 35 in. (200.03 x 114.3 x 88.9 cm) Running time: 8min]

Anna Maria Maiolino: "When I was 15 years old, I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas, Venezuela, for the first time and saw works on canvas by Armando Reverón, whose paintings had a huge impact on me.” Anna Maria Maiolino’s retrospective opens August 4th at MOCA Grand as a part of The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which explores Latino and Latin American Art in dialogue with the city of Los Angeles.​ [Armando Reverón, La Cueva, 1920]

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