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André Saraiva: Dream Concerts Installation View 01

Installation view of André Saraiva: Dream Concerts, August 8 – November 4, 2013 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

André Saraiva: Dream Concerts

​In Paris, New York, London, and Los Angeles, show posters for concerts with all-star lineups tempt passersby and drivers to attend Madison Square Garden or the Bowery Ballroom, L'Elysee Montmartre or the Wiltern. The months and days of these concerts are listed but not the years. Spelling errors are spotted and choice exclusions add to the growing doubt that these dream acts will ever grace the stage all together on one night. Doing a double take of these worn posters, you're not even sure if they're coming up or something missed and legendary from long ago. However, posted in public space, the anticipation is real. Upon closer inspection we see that these epic concert announcements are actually paintings of lineups that only exist in the imagination of artist André Saraiva. Included in MOCA's groundbreaking Art in the Streets (2011), the artist returns to the museum for an installation of these painted announcements in the Broad Lobby at MOCA Grand Avenue, visual evidence of the buzz that signs can create when circulated in the streets.