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Los Angeles Urban Rangers Will Present Their Urban Adventures at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art announce Los Angeles Urban Rangers as the summer 2011 participants in Engagement Party, MOCA’s program presenting new works by innovative Southern California–based artist collectives. Interested in critical examination of urban areas, the group creates participatory activities that explore how planning and infrastructure reflect particular desires and intentions as well as shape civic behavior. The Rangers will present their urban adventures on the first Thursday evenings of April, May, and June 2011. All events are FREE to the public and no reservations are required.

Bunker Hill Expedition
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 7–10pm
MOCA Grand Avenue
Hike the unique topography of Bunker Hill to discover the varied redevelopment strata of Downtown L.A.’s primary geologic feature. Participants will traverse corporate meadows, ascend to high-altitude easements, locate air rights, and trek through public-private monuments—all in search of L.A.’s elusive civic heart.

L.A. River Ramble
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Hone your river-scouting skills during this activity-filled hike to America’s most famous forgotten river. Participants will journey through the riparian corridor of art, industry, and infrastructure to explore the past and future of the L.A. River in Downtown and its place in the megalopolis’ watershed will be fed to radio broadcasts that will transform their participation into sound art. Parking is FREE in public lot 7.

Critical Campout
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 7pm–overnight
MOCA Grand Avenue
Join us for a campfire discussion and an overnight campout on MOCA’s scenic plaza.

Interpreting a range of habitats, from the historic monument of MOCA Grand Avenue to the erupting neighborhood of Gallery Row, participants will examine the evolving ecology of art and gentrification in Downtown L.A. Overnight space is limited. Campsite reservations will begin on August 1, so please reserve early by emailing [email protected].

Founded in 2004, The Los Angeles Urban Rangers are dedicated to equipping themselves and others to ask questions about the abundant and often unseen complexities of everyday places, whether freeway, neighborhood, park, office park, or living room. Sara Daleiden, Therese Kelly, Jenny Price, and Emily Scott are the core members of the group, which is headquartered in Los Angeles. Recent projects include a series of public “safaris” and interpretive tools elucidating Malibu’s contentious public-private coastline (included in Actions: What You Can Do With the City, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal; Open City: Designing Coexistence?, 4th International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam; Performing Public Space, La Casa del Túnel, Tijuana; and Just Space(s), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2007–10); a trail system through the only “wild” plot in Almere, the Netherlands, as a project for Museum de Paviljoens, 2008–10; and a tour of the Whitney Museum from an eagle-eye perspective for the 2008 Whitney Biennial with Fritz Haeg’s Animal Estates 1.0. The collective also participated in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, which included a residency that launched this most recent phase of their Public Access 101 series, focused on Downtown L.A.

Engagement Party
Engagement Party offers Southern California–based artist collectives and collaborators an opportunity to make new artworks, interacting with and exploring MOCA and its resources in unexpected ways. Invited to work on site for three months, the artists may employ any medium, discipline, or strategy to create performances, workshops, screenings, lectures, or any other activity emerging from the group’s particular focus.

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