SATURDAY (March 12): William Leavitt: Theater Objects @ MOCA

Posted on March 11, 2011
Filed under something to look at, somewhere to go.

For the downtowners of Los Angeles who are looking to see more of Los Angeles in the guise of paintings on walls, a retrospective of William Leavitt’s conceptual art occupies the MOCA on Grand in William Leavitt: Theater Objects.

William Leavitt: Theater Objects
Opening reception: Saturday, March 12, 7-10pm
MOCA
250 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

From MOCA:

William Leavitt is the first solo museum exhibition and retrospective of the work of Los Angeles–based artist William Leavitt (b. 1941, Washington, D.C.). A key figure associated with the emergence and foundations of conceptual art in Los Angeles during the late ’60s and ’70s, Leavitt is primarily concerned with narrative and narrative forms. Since 1969, his works have employed ordinary fragments of popular and vernacular culture and modernist architecture as both props and signifiers to produce a distilled narrative. The culture and atmosphere of Los Angeles has played a significant role in Leavitt’s ongoing interest in “the theater of the ordinary” and the play between illusion and reality, nature and artifice that characterizes the city. Surveying the artist’s multifaceted 40-year career, William Leavitt will include sculptural tableaux, paintings, works on paper, photographs, and performances drawn from the late ’60s to the present. One of the most significant and influential figures working in Los Angeles, Leavitt has created a remarkable oeuvre that has influenced generations of artists, and this exhibition, which examines his extraordinary contributions, is both long overdue and highly anticipated.”

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