Food Trucks, Music Kick Off MOCA’s Summer Exhibition Series

May 23, 2013

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is kicking off their summer exhibitions opening with two new moca_logoexhibitions, Planet of the Crepes and Kadooks serving up delicious food on the Plaza, cash bar featuring Borderland Brewing Company and music provided by DJ Buttafly. The festivities begin at on Saturday, May 25th from 6-8pm at MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave.

Kenneth Cooper Shorr, known by art authorities as a person of interest but not an interesting person, will be having a multi-personality exhibition at MOCA. Shore is showing recent work and or effluvium, depending on who’s talking. Shorn explores interstices of diverse media (video, digital and analog photography, collage, and a number of innovative and banned besmirching techniques). He will also debut his new video, “Chortles,” and share parts of his novella, “A History of Fog,” a unique blend of animation and film.


Chrysalis by Chico MacMurtrie.

Short’s show, alternately titled “Depraved Indifference” or, in French, “Staring is Caring,” invites the viewer or empty nester to examine the seminal issues of our culture, or not. His work is timelessly topical but never trendy.

The Jewish Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Center for Creative Photography are just a few institutions that have acquired his work.

Another of MOCA’s upcoming summer season exhibitions is a special installation of Chico MacMurtrie’s Chrysalis. Chrysalis is the most recent installation of a series of inflatable architectural structures that uses robotics and innovative technology. Chico MacMurtrie and Amorphic Robot Works (ARW) pioneered the use of inflatable high tensile Tedlar fabric “skeletons,” whose engineering allows the rigid, inflated structures to approximate the qualities of muscle and bone. Chrysalis starts out as a lifeless, organic form suspended from the ceiling. As air enters into the fabric, the material begins to inflate, accompanied by the syncopated respiration of the air blower. As the organic form expands it reveals its geometric pattern analogous to those found in molecular architecture.

The audience witnesses the growing process of this inflatable architecture during its descent. Chrysalis eventually touches ground, encapsulating the audience in a 50 x 35 x 10 large network of inflated tubes. Its final shape resembles a giant molecular growth that visually and physically transforms both the architecture of the building and the audience’s space. For several minutes Chrysalis stays in a defined shape allowing the audience to experience its architectural body from inside and outside before starting its ascent back into the ceiling. Chrysalis poetically raises questions about the invisible structure that underlies all of life and ultimately the analogies between man, machine and architecture.
Artist Chico MacMurtrie is internationally recognized for his large-scale, performative, kinetic installations, and interactive public sculpture. Graduated from UCLA (New Forms and Concepts) in 1987, he has exhibited widely in America, Europe, and Asia, and has received the support of many notable granting agencies, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Daniel Langlois Foundation.
His awards include five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the The Fundación Telefonica / Vida Life, CEC Artslink and Ars Electronica award. MacMurtrie is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), a collective he founded in 1991, consisting of artists, scientists and engineers. Currently operating out of Brooklyn, New York, ARW is dedicated to the study and creation of movement as it is expressed in anthropomorphic and abstract robotic forms.