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MOCA Geffen will be closed all day Saturday, April 13 and will return to regular hours on Sunday, April 14. MOCA Grand Avenue will maintain regular hours.

The Idea of Language Image

​Eli Detweiler, Jr., photo by Myers Jackson

The Idea of Language


​Eli Detweiler, Jr., a livestock and auto auctioneer and National Auction Association competition champion, performs a high-speed auctioneer chant. Detweiler will also lead an informal workshop in auctioneer number-calling. Detweiler is featured in Aitken’s 1998 installation these restless minds, which depicts rural farm auctioneers spewing out words and financial figures at a rapid-fire pace, creating what the artist describes as “accelerated perception.” This program is part of a series of in-gallery programs focusing on core ideas in the exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth.

Priority seating is available to MOCA members one hour before the program. Fifteen minutes before the program begins seating will be open to non-members. Early arrival is recommended.

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