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MOCA Artist Film Series: Albert Oehlen
MOCA Artist Film Series: Albert Oehlen

MOCA Artist Film Series: Albert Oehlen
Geel (Yellow), 2023, 90 min.


MOCA Artist Film series is an active and dynamic platform for the presentation of artist films. Inspired by film and video works in MOCA’s renowned collection, the series will offer engaging and notable screenings and live programs with MOCA collection artists and beyond. With presentations in the Ahmanson Auditorium, screenings and Q&As will feature artists, historians, and critics in dialogue with special focus on experiments in long-form, narrative or feature-length films. Centered in the cinema capital of the world, these programs will explore the critical issues of our time and our place.

Screening of Geel (Yellow), followed by an in-conversation with Albert Oehlen and MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson.

A romantic film, Geel (Yellow) depicts Vincent Van Gogh's struggle to get models and his relation to them. As a side story, the film gives a precise image of his painting technique and clears up some common misunderstandings surrounding it.

Albert Oehlen was born in 1954 in Krefeld, Germany, and currently lives and works in Switzerland. He studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg in Germany from 1978 to 1981 and quickly rose to prominence in the Berlin and Cologne art scenes. Oehlen's oeuvre is a testament to the innate freedom of the creative act. Through expressionist brushwork, surrealist methodology, and self-conscious amateurism he engages with the history of abstract painting, pushing the basic components of abstraction to new extremes.

MOCA Artist Film Series is organized by Clara Kim, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs with Alitzah Oros, Public Programming Associate, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

MOCA Artist Film Series is presented by The Edward F. Limato Foundation.