MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

I have been in Los Angeles to speak at the the ITAA conference and conveniently staying next to the MOCA. My first visit to the museum, Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, changed the way I think about exhibition design.

And, my second visit was equally inspiring:

Gordon Matta-Clark: “You Are the Measure”

As I walked through this beautiful exhibition, I kept thinking of the opening quote from Vicktor Papanek’s book Design for the Real World:

The wheel’s hub holds thirty spokes
Utility depends on the hole through the hub.
The potter’s clay forms a vessel
It is the space within that serves.
A house is built with solid walls
The nothingness of window and door renders it usable,
That which exists may be transformed
What is nonexistent has boundless uses.
–LAO-TSE

This show has to be seen first-hand. And although there is a catalog for the exhibition, the detail, humor and spirit of the pieces seem to get lost in photography. The thread-drawn imagery is spectacular.

This piece from the permanent collection takes my breath away.

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