Artist a Day Challenge (27): Kerry James Marshall

As I near the end of my Artist a Day Challenge for Black History Month, I bring you to the very first name on my list of artists to feature this year, and that is Kerry James Marshall. Mastry, Marshall’s critically acclaimed and highly anticipated retrospective is finally coming to MOCA Los Angeles in March after its two successful runs … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (27): Kerry James Marshall

Artist of the Day Challenge (26): Henry Taylor

Upon graduating from Cal Arts in the mid 90’s, Los Angeles artist Henry Taylor has cultivated a career as a portrait artist who uses his medium to connect with his subjects. That familiarity shows through in his work as most of his portraits come from impromptu encounters with the people who find themselves in his orbit: family, friends andhomeless people in … Continue reading Artist of the Day Challenge (26): Henry Taylor

Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

“We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile…” ~Paul Lawrence Dunbar There’s something strangely familiar inside the dimly lit living room installation of Mickalene Thomas’s latest exhibition, “Do I Look Like a Lady?” … Continue reading Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

The Ghost in the Machine: Mark Bradford & Robert Glasper Combine Creative Forces

Art and music collide in a beautifully explosive Steinway & Sons collaboration that showcases the Spirio piano in a new light. The Steinway Commission pairs visual artists with Steinway musicians to create unique works of art that reflect their collaborative vision and process.  This three year project makes its debut with a Steinway Spirio piano that … Continue reading The Ghost in the Machine: Mark Bradford & Robert Glasper Combine Creative Forces

Artist a Day Challenge 2016-19: Noah Davis “The Imitation of Wealth”

Noah Davis’ storefront installation titled “Imitation of Wealth” is nearing the end of its 5 month run at MOCA Grand.  If you haven’t seen it, you have 3 days left, it’s free and it’s a fascinating work.  The installation is housed in a small vacant conference room space across from the museum’s gift shop and is … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-19: Noah Davis “The Imitation of Wealth”

Seeing Double at MOCA

Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience It’s a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.” ~ W.E.B Du Bois For me, a great litmus test for a good piece of … Continue reading Seeing Double at MOCA