“Lauren Halsey: we still here, there,” a site-specific installation work created at MOCA’s Grand Avenue location will be on view at the museum in Spring 2018.
Lauren Halsey, the Los Angeles-based artist, will take up residence at the exhibition's venue, where she will build and regularly change the immersive space — the exhibit will be the resemblance of a fantastical system of caves which visitors can explore.
This environment seeks to serve as an imaginary archive reflecting the diversity of everyday Black cultural experiences in South Central Los Angeles, the place that has been home to the artist since childhood. The vibrant installation will be a consolidation of a bounty of found objects such as oils, tchotchkes, incense, figurines, mix CDs, local newspaper clippings, and vernacular portraits — a creation which holds the stories of a community facing rapid upscaling and development.
Through artistic landscapes, handmade rock carvings, miniature shrines, fountains, and sound installations, the installation will, at the same time, present itself as a contemplative space, evoking imaginary futures for South Central L.A. The environment will reflect Halsey’s deep desire to shield and support her neighborhood, as well as, show her plentiful engagement with diverse global references. These include the music of Parliament-Funkadelic, ancient Chinese Buddhist caves, and the habitable sculptures of French modernist André Bloc.
In the core of “we still here, there” lies the idea that architecture can be a form of empowerment and social transformation for marginalized communities; it can be a way to envision a freer and more optimistic tomorrow.
Lauren Halsey’s works have previously been featured in many national and international exhibits, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Studio Museum, Harlem; The Armory, Pasadena; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; and Mauve-Vienna, Vienna, Austria. She earned an MFA from Yale University (2014) and holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (2012). For “we still here, there,” Halsey will work inside of the exhibition during select museum hours, thus enabling museum visitors to experience the installation as it evolves.
“Lauren Halsey: we still here, there,” will be on view from March 4, 2018, to September 3, 2018, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/moca/overview
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.