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Celebrating ‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Exhibit with MOCA

“Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980″ officially launched over the weekend, and FishbowlLA kicked off the six month exhibition series with an opening party at MOCA for “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981.” The series takes its name from the album by the L.A.-based punk band X.

Guests had a chance to preview the exhibition, which centers around a particularly turbulent, experimental period in the city’s art scene. Appropriately, the turbulent, experimental Henry Rollins DJ’d the party.

A wall of Black Flag concert flyers, drawn by Raymond Pettibon.

 

We ran into journalist Michael Kurcfeld, who was shooting video for the New York Times website. He didn’t have time to chat, as he had just been informed that his camera tripod was a violation of the fire codes. Being the good citizen that he is, he was in a hurry to check it at the front desk.

Shortly after, the museum’s extremely loud fire alarm started to go off, and there wasn’t a camera tripod in sight. We’re pretty sure the culprit was the De-Manufacturing Machine, a very stinky art installation by Mark Pauline. Fortunately it wasn’t a real fire, because no one even blinked. Seriously, look at the reaction shot I took of the crowd as the alarm was screeching away:

Notice that no one is walking towards the clearly marked exit. Even the security guard looks bored.

 

We also ran into the incredible artist Jeffrey Vallance, and MOCA’s Erica Wrightson. Vallance fans, take note: he’ll be giving a talk at the Geffen Contemporary on October 30th.

 

In related news, LA Observed has video coverage of LACMA’s exhibit, “California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way.” And the LA Weekly has a section on their website dedicated to the Pacific Standard Time series.

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