MOCA x East of Borneo present ‘Artist Hangouts’

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 3pm
MOCA, 250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

We cordially invite you to join us for a panel discussion co-organized by MOCA and East of Borneo in conjunction with Mapping An Art World: Los Angeles in the 1970s-80s. The discussion is 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 these studio spaces and other social hubs as the birthplace of the friendships and artistic collaborations that made up the city’s rich social fabric.

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 who 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 artists’ lofts.


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