Massive and Monumental Barbara Kruger Work Reinstalled @ MOCA, Geffen, Los Angeles
What was first commissioned by MOCA back in 1989 seems just as relevant today, as the museum has reinstalled the landmark Barbara Kruger (cover artist, November 2010) Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018) work on the outside of the Geffen Contemporary. That location is not one that hasn't faced controversy in the past: we are sure many readers remember BLU's work being painted over for a disputed mural back before Art in the Streets opened at the Geffen in 2010.
From MOCA: The emblematic red, white, and blue artwork was originally commissioned by MOCA in 1989 for the exhibition A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation and was last installed in 1990 on the south wall of MOCA’s then Temporary Contemporary building. The work holds an iconic presence in the collective memory of Los Angeles’ art community and is considered part of the museum’s curatorial highlights over its forty year history.
This iteration will be installed on the north facade of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, facing Temple Street, measuring 30 ft. by 191 ft. in size. The work includes nine questions such as “Who is beyond the law?”, “Who is bought and sold?”, and “Who is free to choose?” The artwork uses these questions to point to issues of patriotism, civic engagement, and power relations. The work will remain on view through November of 2020. In connection with the work, a series of voter registration efforts will be anchored by the artwork in advance of the 2018 midterms, as well as the 2020 general election.