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Tongues Untied Installation View 01

Installation view of Tongues Untied, June 6 – September 13, 2015 at MOCA Pacific Design Center, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest

Tongues Untied

Titled after the landmark film by poet, activist, and artist Marlon Riggs, Tongues Untied presents a selection of works from MOCA's Permanent Collection by John Boskovich, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and others, alongside Riggs's deeply personal and lyrical exploration of black gay identity in the United States. Made during a historical period marked by the onset of the AIDS crisis, the works navigate desire, love, loss, and mourning to engage and question sexual and political repression, expression, and deviation. The exhibition is accompanied by a selection of archival materials related to MOCA's history of queer related programming during the plague years of the AIDS crisis. 

Tongues Untied is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Matalon, and coincides with the 30th anniversary of the City of West Hollywood. 
Generous support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen. 
In-kind support is provided by Perugina.