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MOCA Artist Film Series: Liliana Porter & Ana Tiscornia

Still from Cuentos Inconclusos (Unfinished Tales). Image courtesy of the artists.

MOCA Artist Film Series: Liliana Porter & Ana Tiscornia
Cuentos Inconclusos (Unfinished Tales) and Actualidades / Breaking News


MOCA Artist Film series, presented by The Edward F. Limato Foundation, 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 ongoing 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.

Objects and figurines acquired in flea markets are the main cast of Actualidades / Breaking News (2016) and Cuentos Inconclusos (Unfinished Tales) (2022). Co-directed by Liliana Porter (Argentina,1941) and Ana Tiscornia (Uruguay, 1951), these rudimentary animations–Tiscornia called them once anti-animations–present a series of tender, humorous, mysterious, and sometimes disquieting encounters among disparate objects.

MOCA Senior Curator José Luis Blondet will be in conversation with the artists after the screening.

Cuentos Inconclusos (Unfinished Tales), 2022, 11 minutes
Conceived & Directed By: Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia; Music: Sylvia Meyer; Videography and Editing: Liliana Porter, Ana Tiscornia, Sylvia Meyer and Federico Lo Bianco

Actualidades / Breaking News, 2016, 22 minutes
Conceived & Directed By: Liliana Porter; Co-direction: Ana Tiscornia; Music: Sylvia Meyer; Videography and Editing: Federico Lo Bianco

MOCA Artist Film Series is organized by José Luis Blondet, Senior Curator 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.

Liliana Porter was born in 1941 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, residing in New York since 1964. She is an Academic Correspondent in Argentina (2003) and an Academic Correspondent in Argentina for the United States (2009) Her work includes printmaking, painting, photography, video, installations, and theater. Among other distinctions she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980, the Tomas Francisco Prieto Award from the Real Casa de la Moneda in Madrid in 2023, and Premio Universitario de Cultura “400 Años” from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, 2016. Liliana is represented in numerous institutional collections, including: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France ; British Museum and Tate Modern in London, England ; Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA; Museo Tamayo in México City; Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA); Museo de Arte Moderno and Museo del Grabado in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.

Ana Tiscornia was born in 1951 in Montevideo, Uruguay and has resided in New York since 1991. She is Emeritus Professor, SUNY, College at Old Westbury. Her work includes installation, collage, assemblage, painting, and photography. She wrote for several publications including Brecha from Uruguay, Atlantica International and El Periodico del Arte both from Spain, Art Nexus From Colombia, and is the author of the book Vicissitudes of the Visual Imaginary: Between utopia and fragmented identity, on Uruguayan art from 1959 to 1985. Among other distinctions, Tiscornia has been awarded the Premio Konex Mercosur in 2022; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2004; and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2000. She represented Uruguay in the II and IX Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, and in the III Bienal de Lima, Perú, and participated in the IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Mar del Plata, Argentina. Her work is part of several public and private collections and has been extensible exhibited in USA, Latin America and Europe. Latest shows include: De Este a Oeste y de Norte a Sur, Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2022-23. Una vez más, Galería Nora Fisch, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2023; A la Vuelta de la esquina at Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain 2022; Left, Right and Center at Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, USA 2020.