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John Butrle and Milka Djordjevich on Simone Forti

Installation view of Simone Forti, January 15, 2023–April 2, 2023 at MOCA Grand Avenue. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Jeff McLane.

John Butrle and Milka Djordjevich on Simone Forti

Member Event

MOCA members at the Contributing level and above are invited to a walkthrough of Simone Forti led by artist John Butrle and choreographer Milka Djordjevich. During the full run of the exhibition, Butrle and Djordjevich are part of a cast performing three of Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions in MOCA’s galleries. Guiding a tour through a selection of the works on viewthe pair will share reflections drawing on their own artistic practices and experiences rehearsing with Forti.

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

About John Butrle
John Butrle is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in performance, public art, sculpture, and broadcast media. Known for a social and collaborative practice that ranges from sending postcard art, to organizing Eagle Rock Community Soup, to hosting a weekly show on KCHUNG Radio, they regularly engage communities in processes that encourage the fostering of support structures. Butrle holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. They have held solo exhibitions at Salon Silicon, Mexico City; Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles; Clifton Benevento, New York; and the Armory Art Center, Passadena. Their work has been included in group exhibitions at Kurimanzuto, Mexico City; Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles; the Benton Museum at Pomona College; and Jack’s Flat, Berlin; among others. A long time supporter of artist-run spaces, Butrle has hosted exhibitions in a 2” by 4” tattooed rectangle on their left forearm since 2007, and is the managing director of Human Resources Los Angeles. They most recently published an artist book with Kima Press titled “Butterfly Impressions.”

About Milka Djordjevich
Milka Djordjevich is a choreographer, performer and educator whose work questions preconceived notions of what dance should or should not be. Her work has been shown at many venues, including the Kitchen, the Chocolate Factory Theater, the Whitney Museum, the American Realness Festival, and Danspace Project in New York; REDCAT, Grand Performances, Pieter, MAK Center, the Hammer Museum, Machine Project, Showbox LA/Bootleg Theater, Santa Ana Sites and HomeLA in Los Angeles; Counterpulse and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California; and internationally in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, and the UK. Djordjevich is a 2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award recipient and was a 2017-2018 and a Princeton University Hodder Fellow. Her other projects include serving as guest editor for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence and initiating the Monday Morning/Night Class series at Pieter in LA. Djordjevich has co-authored works with composer Chris Peck, choreographer Dragana Bulut, designer Samuel Yang, and artist Marcos Luytens. She currently teaches at Wesleyan University and AMDA, and has taught at UCLA, UC Riverside, CalArts, Pasadena City College, UC Irvine, Pomona College, Movement Research and PICA’s TBA:15 Festival. In 2016, Djordjevich established STANA, an organization cultivating local, national and international dance connections.