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Paul Pfeiffer: Prologue to the Story of the Birth of Freedom - Special Exhibition - MOCA Geffen

Adult Tickets: $18, Senior & Student Tickets: $10 | On view until June 16 at MOCA Geffen.

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Special Exhibition - On View Nov 12, 2023 – June 16, 2024 at MOCA Geffen

MOCA Geffen Gallery Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm.

Surveying twenty-five years of the multi-disciplinary practice of artist Paul Pfeiffer (b. 1966, Honolulu, Hawaii; lives in New York), Paul Pfeiffer: Prologue to the Story of the Birth of Freedom will celebrate a pioneering artist known for his incisive work that interrogates ideas of spectacle, belonging and identity. Inspired by televised sporting events and popular entertainment, Pfeiffer’s work deconstructs our fascination and obsession with celebrity culture, unpacking how collective consciousness is shaped and manipulated through his masterful editing of found footage. In tracing the global trajectory of image circulation, Pfeiffer demonstrates how desire, heroism and worship operate as part of the mechanisms of art, religion, politics, and nationhood. Bringing together more than thirty works and debuting a new commission, Paul Pfeiffer: Prologue to the Story of the Birth of Freedom is the first retrospective of the artist’s multi-disciplinary practice.

Your ticket to Paul Pfeiffer: Prologue to the Story of the Birth of Freedom includes admission to MOCA Focus: Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio.

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