Since he began producing land art in the late 1960s, Michael Heizer's large-scale projects have been challenging in both description and execution, and the 340-ton rock discovered in a Riverside quarry that ultimately became Levitated Mass is no exception. What begins as a fascinating look at the convoluted logistical puzzle of transporting one enormous boulder through four adjacent counties develops into an astute and candid reflection on art in contemporary society. Capturing the honest reactions, from eye-rolling to awe-inspired, of the crowds who gape as the boulder lumbers past them through the dead of night, director Doug Pray carves out his own beguiling cinematic sculpture.
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6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ed Hardy knew he was an artist from early childhood. At age ten, he became fascinated with tattooing, and made that his career goal. After his early teenage years spent surfing in California, he focused on his art. He began exhibiting his work and graduated with a degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1966, after passing up a graduate fellowship from Yale, he began laying the ground work for his career in tattooing, determined to develop the potential of what was, at the time, a waning, marginalized folk art. Little did he realize that his immersion in the world of body art would lead him to being considered one of the greatest tattoo artists of all time and a man whose brand, the Ed Hardy brand, has over 1 billion retail licenses worldwide in 50 different categories generating more than $750 million dollars in retail sales annually. His fascinating story -- and the amazing characters he interacted with along with way -- are vividly told in his memoir, written with Joel Selvin.
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MOCA present the first comprehensive museum retrospective of works by the internationally acclaimed Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer. Fischer is one of today’s most important contemporary artists, who is known for using a range of media to express the transience of art and, concomitantly, the human condition. Jessica Morgan, renowned curator from the Tate Modern in London, is curating the exhibition, which will occupy a total of 65,000 square feet at both MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from April 21, 2013 to August 19, 2013. Now residing primarily in New York, Fischer is also familiar with Los Angeles where he has a home and studio. Presenting his work of the last decade the show will bring together for the first time his many iconic works from leading international collections as well as new productions. A new landscape within the two unique museum spaces will encompass Fischer’s singular sense of the banal and the fantastical.