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Kim MacConnel and Anna Katz in Conversation

Kim MacConnel. Photo by Troyese Robinson.

CANCELED: Kim MacConnel and Anna Katz in Conversation


MOCA has taken specific measures to keep our visitors and staff healthy and safe. We have been monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) closely and in line with suggestions from The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we have decided to cancel Kim MacConnel and Anna Katz in Conversation in an effort to help with containment. There is no immediate threat or cause for concern at MOCA, but we feel taking these measures are in the best interest of our broader Los Angeles community. MOCA Grand Avenue galleries and WAREHOUSE at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are currently temporarily closed. Please continue to check our website for any additional updates.

A founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement, San Diego–based artist Kim MacConnel is best known for his unstretched paintings made up of uneven strips of printed bedsheets and hand-painted fabrics. These works dynamically juxtapose bright colors and patterns emulating batik prints, chinoiserie design, lace, commercial illustration, and Southeast Asian wall hangings. Pinned directly to the wall, MacConnel’s fabric paintings recall curtains, quilts, or, perhaps, laundry drying on a clothesline. In the 1970s, he began installing these wall works in galleries filled with wildly painted found furniture—couches, side tables, folding screens, and lamps—establishing the exhibition space as a domestic sphere. Join MacConnel and MOCA Curator Anna Katz for a discussion of his practice and contributions to the P&D movement.