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MOCA x East of Borneo present Artist Hangouts

Los Angeles Friends (Larger than Life) (Detail), 1976. Forty drawings (pencil on paper); slide projector with eighty 35mm slides Each: 18 x 12 in. (45.72 x 30.48 cm). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition and Collection Committee. © David Lamelas. Photo by Jeff McLane.

MOCA x East of Borneo present
Artist Hangouts

Panel Discussion

Co-organized by MOCA and East of Borneo, join us for a panel discussion focused on the formation of the city’s vibrant art scene as it existed through artists, their networks and relationships, and their social spaces and hangouts. Artists and writers will revisit the studio spaces and other social hubs and as the birthplace of the friendships and artistic collaborations that made up the city’s rich social fabric. The panel is organized in conjunction with Mapping An Art World: Los Angeles in the 1970s-80s.

This conversation will be led and moderated by exhibiting artist Thomas Lawson–long-time CalArts faculty and Editor-in-Chief of East of Borneo. He will be joined by exhibiting artist Allen Ruppersberg; writer Susan Morgan who co-founded and co-edited the alternative art magazine REAL LIFE with Lawson during the 1980s and has extensively researched the archives of leading Los Angeles art supporters Stanley Grinstein, founding partner of Gemini G.E.L. Artist Editions, and architect Elyse Grinstein; artist Lita Albuquerque who was part of the Artist Advisory Council, a group of artists who advised MOCA in the early years; and artist Bruce Yonemoto, who for decades worked out of his studio at 800 Traction Avenue, one of the first buildings in downtown Los Angeles to be converted into artist’s lofts.