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The Medium is the Message: Clean Artmaking from Earth to Outer Space - MOCA Geffen

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Art for Earth’s Sake: The Medium is the Message: Clean Artmaking from Earth to Outer Space
Saturday, November 5, 2022
The Aileen Getty Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
With Julia Christensen, Elizabeth Corr, Lily Kwong, and special performance by Modern Biology 
Moderated by Jason E.C. Wright

The purity of an artwork often belies the materials that went into its making: toxic paints and glazes in painting and ceramics; poisonous particulates in the process of sculpting and smelting objects. A current generation of artists views the materials themselves as part of the artistic narrative, especially when that narrative is an environmental one. We will hear from one creator who makes installations out of plant materials to comment on our relationship and another who protests e-waste and the upgrade economy through a conceptual project involving a spaceship flying light years that has to regenerate itself. But is this didactic art also good art? And how effective is the message?

Art for Earth’s Sake is organized by Frances Anderton, Producer, with Livia Mandoul, Associate Producer

MOCA’s environmental programming series highlights the museum’s work around climate, conservation, and environmental justice. Guided by the work of the MOCA Environmental Council, the first sustainability council at a major arts museum in the United States, this series presents artists, activists, and scholars committed to critical ecological issues in Los Angeles and globally.

The 2022 series is made possible by Nora McNeely Hurley and Manitou Fund.

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