Los Angeles is alive with art that speaks to our times. One powerful example is the remarkable exhibition "Non-Fiction" at the Underground Museum. The stated goal of "Non-Fiction" is to grapple with absurd realities of violence and racism through art. "How we navigate violence says a great deal about what we might be able to do to prevent it."
The exhibition was conceived by the late artist Noah Davis and his wife artist Karen Davis, who founded the Underground Museum in 2012 with the goal of displaying museum-quality work in this Arlington Heights storefront. Initially, no institution would lend to them given the museum's low budget, lack of security and big front windows. Eventually, the Underground Museum was discovered by MOCA curator Helen Molesworth, who laid the groundwork for the current show, for which MOCA lent several works.
And what an exhibition it is! Art critic Christopher Knight describes the exhibition as a "elegiac tone poem spoken in visual shades of black." The show is that rare combination of art that seduces the eye with its beauty and also speaks loudly to the heart and mind of the viewer.
The eight artists in the show include Kara Walker, who is represented by a five-part etching of antebellum depravity played out in silhouette figures, Kerry James Marshall, Robert Gober, Henry Taylor, and David Hammons, considered to be one of America's greatest living artists. His spectacular sculpture, "In the Hood (Gray)," will remain with you for a long time after leaving the museum.
The exhibition has been lauded by critics everywhere. Don't miss the opportunity to see this fantastic show before it closes next month.
Enrollment is limited! If you wish to attend, please enroll below or RSVP via email and send a check for $50 to Inside the Story, 508 S. Santa Anita Ave., Pasadena CA 91107.
WHERE: Undergroud Museum-MOCA