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In Conversation: John Divola

In Conversation: John Divola

In Conversation: John Divola

Member Event

Members at the Contributing level and above are invited to an in-gallery conversation between artist John Divola and MOCA Associate Curator Rebecca Lowery. Taking place in the galleries of Lonesome Crowded West: Works from MOCA’s Collection, the pair will discuss Divola’s practice as well as two of his photographs featured in the exhibition. A light breakfast of coffee and pastries will be provided outdoors prior to the conversation.

An invitation with event details will be emailed to members at the Contributing level ($200) and above. Memberships can be purchased or renewed online. If you would like to upgrade an existing membership, please contact the Membership Department at

John Divola received a B.A. from California State University, Northridge in 1971 and completed his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974. Divola’s career spans four decades, focusing on the conceptions and limitations of photography. Although the photographer has a fascination with physical objects that range from buildings to landscapes, his concerns are purely conceptual as they challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality, the abstract and the specific.

Photographing manipulated and inhabitable environments and applying his own interventions, Divola explores the relation between real and artificial representations of the image. For Divola, photography functions as a transcendental medium, accommodating performance and manipulation of perception.

Programming at MOCA is presented by the MOCA Thrive Fund courtesy of Chara Schreyer.