Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Opening" Protest at MOCA

Culture Wars continue at LA MOCA.
The following video is a short report on the protest that took place during the opening of "Art in the Streets".

Statements from participating artists/performers:

How The West Was Won

MOCA director Deitch couldn't digest the painfully truthful worldwide view of US Imperialism Blu painted. So instead, he whitewashed and replaced it with the US Government/Hollywood sanctioned version we now see. True Blue Amerikan Censorship!

Joe Talkington - Butoh Sculptor

I think it's very dangerous to view MOCA's reaction to BLU's anti-war mural by erasing it as anything less than censorship. I believe not to boycott this show after the mural has been buffed would be to go against the very intention of any street art that isn't about self-aggrandizement. The quickest way to silence dissent is to give the dissenters authority and put them on the payroll.

Khadija Anderson
Poet/Butoh Artist

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Culture Wars: Crowdsourcing VS Curating

The following article was published on
Mob Rule: Curating via Crowdsourcing

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Art in the Streets"

"Art in the Streets" by LA Anonymous

At a time when Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is about to launch "Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum survey of the history of graffiti and street art presented in the United States", the city of Los Angeles has launched an all out attack on "street artists".

At a time when a Billionaire backed museum organizes an exhibit of the street art, where people are required to pay an admission fee to see the show, and are provide with a "safe" venue to purchase exhibit related merchandise, "The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed a lawsuit against Gheorghiu and nine other graffiti writers... because they’re selling art works on the strength of their outlaw names and reputations"(Washington Post).

At a time when the second largest city in the U.S. is run by big developers and lacks leadership by its elected officials, it's no surprise that same thing would happen to its museums. The natural outcome of this trend is out in the open for all to see (or NOT see); whitewashing of anti war murals, prosecution of non billionaire sanctioned street artist, etc.

Culture Wars are on, and we're just getting warmed up!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Desperately Seeking Artist!

The following appeared on craigslist on Friday April 1, 2011

Artist Wanted

Contemporary Art “museum” seeks street artist to do a very large mural on the museum's exterior wall.
Great opportunity to generate international publicity for your work!
Sketches should be submitted in advance. Design may NOT include any reference to social/political/cultural issues, ie. education, labor, war, arts budget cuts, censorship, etc.
All submitted designs must be abstract, void of meaning, and lacking substance of any kind.
All submissions MUST include a contract signed by the artist agreeing to the following:
- To release museum of any responsibility in the event of any city regulation violation leading to the removal of said mural.
- To not communicate with press and the media in any form, written, verbal, visual, cyber, etc.
- To not disclose any information you might acquire in the course of your work in regards to city government, officials running for the office of the mayor and the major contributors to their campaigns, be it venture philanthropist/former or current real estate developers or other interested parties in development negotiations with the city.
- To comply with museum's definitions for various words and phrases such as agreeing that removal of artwork is not censorship but is a curatorial decision. This includes any words that may need future definition alteration as seen fit by museum staff.
Museum reserves the right to determine all issues pertaining to sensitivity especially regarding candidates for future city government offices.
All compensation due to the artist will be paid out of museum executive’s personal funds and is not subject to public scrutiny.

A- Although museum building might be under the ownership of the city, artist is solely responsible for complying with all city regulations concerning the legal issues pertaining to executing public art and museum does not feel the need to function within the boundaries of government regulations even if said museum may be a public entity.
B- Selected artist is solely responsible towards any future loss of reputation or dignity, especially among colleagues and peers.
C- This announcement is published only to further public discussion of various issues concerning the state of the arts and culture and is not a real job offer.

From craigslist