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Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA) Welcomes Liz Glynn to Engagement Party

The Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Liz Glynn as the fall 2011 participant in Engagement Party, the innovative program commissioning new works by Southern California–based artist collectives and collaborators. Glynn will offer a trilogy titled Loving You Is like _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the Dead for her Engagement Party residency, to be presented on the first Thursday evenings of October, November, and December 2011.

Thursday, November 3, 7–10pm
MOCA Grand Avenue
This second work will offer museum visitors a sightless tour of the galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue. Constructing an experience that exists in contradiction to the typical art museum encounter, Glynn will blindfold participants and invite them to navigate a path through the galleries. Led along by instructions voiced by museum security officers, participants may experience a heightened awareness of the museum’s spaces as well as their fellow visitors and the museum employees. Moving through the museum in this way, one may be prompted to reflect on the institution as encapsulating more than just the art on the walls.
FREE; no reservations

Thursday, December 1, 7–10pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
The final work will take the form of a seated dinner party for a limited number of participants. All the Arms We Need will incorporate imagery from 19th-century anatomical theater to explore notions of desire and embodiment. Guests will be served a meal of meat presented in arrangements resembling sacrificial tableaux. Throughout the evening, guests will be cued to participate in interactive performances via a series of instructional place cards.
Must RSVP to [email protected]; reservations open Nov 7 at 9am

Liz Glynn (b. Boston, 1981; lives and works in Los Angeles) earned her BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, Boston, in 2003, and her MFA in Art and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, in 2008. In her work, Glynn often looks to historical narratives and artifacts to kindle in-depth reflections on the present moment. She has been a frequent collaborator of Machine Project in Echo Park, notably presenting The 24-Hour Roman Reconstruction there in 2008. This 24-hour collaborative performance, which involved building ancient Rome in a day, including all iterations prior to its decline circa 400 B.C., was presented again at Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas, in 2009, and at the New Museum as part of the exhibition “Younger than Jesus” in 2010. Also in 2010, Glynn created III, a 17-foot pyramid out of shipping pallets produced as an offsite project by Redling Fine Art on an East L.A. hillside, staging a series of interactive performances exploring irrational fear and the financial crisis using the structure of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. In 2011, she will participate in “Los Angeles Goes Live,” a performance series at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions organized as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, and in the Performa 11 biennial in New York.

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.

The Museum of Contemporary Art
250 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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