MOCA Store Presents
Rituals: Procession, Poetry Reading, and Book Launch with Senon Williams - MOCA Grand
Saturday, March 9th, 2024
MOCA Grand Avenue
Free with RSVP
3:00 pm Meet at MOCA Grand Ave Store
4:00 pm Procession from MOCA Grand Ave Store to the Geffen Contemporary
4:30 pm Poetry Reading at The Geffen Contemporary
5:00 pm Book launch at The Geffen Contemporary
• The procession from Grand Ave to The Geffen Contemporary is roughly 1 mile downhill.
• There will not be a shuttle after the event ends going back to MOCA Grand Ave.
Join the MOCA Store for an exciting afternoon celebrating Los Angeles–based artist Senon Williams’s new artist publication, Rituals (Lauren Powell Projects and After Purchase Keep or Gift Pub. Co., 2024). Starting at sunset, at MOCA Grand, the artist and attendees will travel on foot through downtown L.A., ending their journey at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. There, on the Aileen Getty Plaza, there will be an outdoor book sale and signing, as well as a public viewing of artworks and relevant poetry readings by Mandy Kahn, Ari Salka, and Senon Williams.
The procession will include six sunset paintings carried on a specially crafted pole-sling, which converts into a free-standing A-frame for viewing the work. The act of carrying the paintings, which will be shared among those walking, forges a profound connection and fosters a sense of community. Each painting portrays scenes of society as expansive fields, with singular figures emerging from the masses, a testament to the complexities of human interaction. These individual figures embody both leadership and oppression, symbolizing the dynamics of power and control within civilization.
Senon Williams's artist publication, Rituals, captures previous painting processions from Lauren Powell Projects gallery to Griffith Park during spring and fall 2023. The edition is limited to 100 copies, and each unique unbound book includes 6 fine art prints.
Senon Williams is a lifelong visual artist and musician from Los Angeles whose work explores the human struggle through paintings, wood sculptures, and assemblages. His work, bridging ancient and contemporary themes, reflects on identity, history, and community. Senon integrates language, sound, and texture, creating a meditation on existence. Notable solo exhibits include Five Car Garage (2024), Lauren Powell Projects (2023), and PRJCTLA (2022), with group shows at Biola University Museum (2023) and The Lodge Gallery (2022). Senon’s previous publications are Hunted & Gathered, 2017 (Hamilton Press), Words Don’t Mean Much, 2022 (Hat & Beard Press); he has also self-published many zines and zine collaborations with visual artists, poets and writers. His works are in public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum.
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