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CHRISTINA QUARLES AT THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY

Christina Quarles makes expressive, gestural works that reference the history and techniques of painting, but also smartly test its limits. Her dynamic compositions often feature feminine tropes that reference domestic space—fabrics, patterns—alongside polymorphous and ambiguous figures arranged in contorted positions. Playing with the identity of the figure to expand the potential for representation in her work, Quarles explores the genre of figurative art as it has been captured in THE FOUNDATION OF THE MUSEUM—MOCA’S COLLECTION by Paul Mpagi Sepuya.*

ARTISTS ON ARTISTS—CHRISTINA QUARLES ON THE FOUNDATION OF THE MUSEUM*

Thursday, January 9, at 7 pm.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Christina Quarles, from top: Plaid About Yew, acrylic on canvas, 2018; Quarles, photograph by Daniel Dorsa; E’reything (Will Be All Right) Everything, acrylic on canvas, 2018; Slipped, Right to tha Side, acrylic on canvas, 2018. Images courtesy and © the artist, the photographers, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Pilar Corrias, London.

JONAS WOOD BOOK SIGNING

JONAS WOOD—a Phaidon publication, and the artist’s first monograph—is out now. This week, join Wood at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for a book signing.

The extensively illustrated volume includes essays by Helen Molesworth and Ian Alteveer, and a conversation between Wood and Mark Grotjahn.

JONAS WOOD BOOK SIGNING

Thursday, December 12, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Jonas Wood, 2019, Phaidon. Images courtesy and © the artist, the publisher, Gagosian, and David Kordansky Gallery. Bball Studio, 2019—the black-and-white etching of the book cover image—is a print (200 copies) included in the special hardcover limited edition of JONAS WOOD, the proceeds of which benefited the Oakland-based non-profit Creative Growth.

OOF BOOKS RECEPTION

OOF Books—the Los Angeles–based bookshop “dedicated to art books, rare books, and the art of the book, known for both its selection and programming with prominent emerging artists including Cassi Namoda, Tyler Matthew Oyer, and Katherina Olschbaur“—has opened a pop-up at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.*

This week, join founder Christie Hayden at the opening reception.

OOF BOOKS OPENING*

Thursday, September 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

OOF BOOKS POP-UP

Through January 6.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Cassi Namoda, Crab Curry Sunday, 2017, watercolor on paper, image courtesy and © the artist; Tyler Matthew Oyer, Calling All Divas, 2018, curtain Installation, image courtesy and © the artist; Lucy R. Lippard, Changing: Essays in Art Criticism, 1971, cover image courtesy and © Dutton; shop image courtesy and © OOF Books.

DANIEL CHEW AND MICAELA DURAND AT MOCA

Dominica, Rhizome, and MOCA present FIRST and NEGATIVE TWO, a pair of 2019 films by Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand.

A conversation between Dominica founder Martine Syms and the filmmakers will follow the screening.

FIRST and NEGATIVE TWO

Thursday, September 5, at 7 pm.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand, 2019, from top: First, still; Negative Two, stills (3). Images courtesy and © the artists.

LIZ LARNER ON CHRIS BURDEN

Liz Larner, who “first encountered Chris Burden and his practice—a catalyst for Larner’s own use of scale and process—during her time at CalArts,” will give a talk on the late artist at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.*

ARTISTS ON ARTISTS—LIZ LARNER ON CHRIS BURDEN*

Sunday, July 21, at 3 pm.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Liz Larner, photograph by Laure Joliet, courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles; stills (2) from Burden (2016), directed by Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey, courtesy and © the filmmakers.