Art Opening | Farber and Rowland at the MOCA

by Kyle Huewe

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown L.A. begins showing a new exhibition titled One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art. The exhibition was curated by Helen Molesworth, and is set to be available for the viewing public from October 14 to March 11, 2019.

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Inspired by Farber’s 1962 essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art,” this exhibition was conceived as a marriage between singular showcases and group shows, something of an experiment in the way we perceive art exhibitions. It includes artwork and sculptures from a range of 30 artists.

Farber’s paintings, which are also included in the exhibit, offer eccentric chaos of colorful emotions. Farber sees the artist’s journey as a ingesting experience, both in the materials of the art itself and coverage of the art from the outside world.

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Separately, MOCA also began showing Cameron Rowland’s D37, a tantalizing historicity that highlights and educates on matters of racial disparity. Rowland’s work combines elements of unusual undertakings in the artistic world with written essays. Written word is used as a medium not to explain his artwork but to inform viewers on just what exactly they are looking at.

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For example, Rowland included photographs and copies of land purchase statements in his exhibition, explaining that he purchased a plot of land in South Carolina to fight back against commercial development in an area rich with slave history.

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Photographs by: Sam Bashaw