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MOCA Presents Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs Spring 2022 Schedule

A Season of Live Performances and Programs at MOCA

Image caption: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Photo by Elon Schoenholz.

LOS ANGELES—The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) announces the spring season of Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs, live performances, and special events from April through June 2022 at MOCA. Organized by MOCA Associate Curator of Performance and Programs Alex Sloane, in partnership with local arts organizations and artists, Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programspresents commissions, residencies, and festival-style events featuring over 100 artists, collaborators, and participants. Emerging artists are programmed alongside more established figures, and the roster spans performance, dance, nightlife, music, community organizing, and conversations.

“The spring season seeks to situate Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs as a natural hub for all facets of performance and to give space to the practices and perspectives that sustain and reflect the diversity of race, ethnicity, and gender identity within LA,” said Sloane.

Spring 2022 Season Calendar
Additional details, including artist bios and ticketing information, can be found at moca.org/programs.
*Information subject to change; please confirm with Eva Seta at [email protected]*

Eternal Spa
Organized with QNA
April 2, 2022
5pm–10pm (Performances 6pm-8pm)
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Tickets: $10 general admission/$8 MOCA members

Eternal Spa, presented in collaboration with artists  Angela Dimayugajas lin미친년/ Michinyeon (Kwonyin, Na Mira, and Saewon Oh), Brandon NguyenDaphne Nguyen (aka Fine China) and Yuki, and Scott Oshima invites visitors into a multi-sensorial, durational performance in the historic Japanese American neighborhood of Little Tokyo. Taking the metaphor of Asian spas and health centers as a starting point, the performance engages questions of embodiment, sexuality and sex work, self-care, and identity, critiquing how Asian bodies have been othered and exoticized — especially one year after the Atlanta shootings. Eternal Spa seeks to reclaim a collective ability to heal and to commune. The performance will be accompanied by programming, which includes sexual health resources, music, dancing, and food for sale by local restaurants. Eternal Spa is organized with QNA (Louie Bofill, Jae-an Crisman, Paulie Morales, Ly Tran, and Howin Wong), a Los Angeles-based collective and platform that highlights queer and trans API artists and culture through art, nightlife, and community.

God Particle Quartet: 
Dr. Stephon Alexander, Melvin Gibbs, Jaron Lanier and Will Calhoun
April 10, 2022
4pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
FREE with RSVP
Dr. Stephon Alexander
, a world-renowned theoretical cosmologist, jazz saxophonist, and current president of the National Society of Black Physicists, together with acclaimed bassist Melvin Gibbs founded the collaborative duo, God Particle, in response to Alexander’s 2016 book The Jazz of Physics. Their music is an exploration of the quantum concepts that are inherently embedded in jazz. Alexander and Gibbs identify theoretical physics constructs that have analogues in jazz, codify them, and create conceptualizations of those constructs that can be applied and used in music. In addition, Gibbs has developed and extended musical concepts directly inspired by The Jazz of Physics, in which Alexander speaks to how music informed the historical development of science and how his work as a scientist has been informed by his connection to jazz. For their performance at MOCA, God Particle will perform as God Particle Quartet with special guests Jaron Lanier, the multi instrumentalist and revered computer scientist often referred to as the father of virtual reality, and celebrated drummer Will Calhoun.

Honor, an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Lili Taylor
April 29 and 30, 2022
7pm
The Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue
Tickets: $10 general admission/$8 MOCA members

This subversive performance by conceptual artist Suzanne Bocanegramasquerades as an artist talk but reveals her current obsession—and aesthetic engagement with—one of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s greatest tapestries, the colossal Honor (from the series The Honors), measuring almost 19 by 25 feet. Weaving Bocanegra’s personal narrative with an artist’s interpretation of the 16th-century tapestry which reveals a multitude of different characters and narratives, Honor features celebrated film and theater actor Lili Taylor in the title role of The Artist.

HI, SOLO #11
Organized with Alexsa Durrans and Miles Brenninkmeijer
May 20 and 21, 2022
8pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Tickets: $10 general admission/$8 MOCA members

HI, SOLO is a bi-annual performance series conceived by Alexx Shilling and Devika Wickremesinghe in 2015. Using a structure inspired by dancer and choreographer Mark Haim, HI, SOLO presents an evening of dance, which centers artists making performance work in Los Angeles. Artists are challenged to adapt varying choreographic and improvisational strategies to respond to the call: perform a new solo work in three-minutes time. HI, SOLO #11recommences this Pieter Performance Space tradition and longstanding offering to Los Angeles’ dance community presenting new work by Ana María AlvarezCreighton BaxterShauna DavisDeFacto XEdgar Fabián Frías, Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez,Jobel Medina, Yunuen RhiMichelle Sui, and Estrellx Supernova.

International Whores’ Day 2022 
Organized with Kink Out, in conjunction with Free Speech Coalition and Strippers’ United
June 2, 2022
5pm–10pm
The Aileen Getty Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
FREE with RSVP

On June 2, 1975, over 100 sex workers began an eight-day occupation at the Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France. They demanded the end of fines, stigma, police harassment, and the release of 10 sex workers who had been imprisoned a few days earlier for soliciting. June 2nd has since become a benchmark day for honoring sex workers all over the globe and recognizing their often-exploited working conditions. On International Whores’ Day 2022, MOCA and Kink Out, in collaboration with Free Speech Coalition, and Strippers’ United, present a day of gathering with panels, DJs, food trucks, and community organizers. Hosted by Emcee Natalie ’NatsHoney’ Clark , the program will feature contributions from Sinnamon Love and Lotus Lain, a DJ set by Ethical Drvgs, a pole performance by members of Strippers’ United, and food courtesy of Detroit Vesey’s. This program creates a space for sex worker rights organizations and allies to come together. Organizers who are actively involved in sex work policy and other community speakers will be invited to participate. This program is part of ongoing conversations and collaborations that will take many forms and formats over time between MOCA and Kink Out, which produces events that bring people of intersectional identities with lived experience in BDSM culture together to share art, activism, work, and conversation.

Memory–Material
June 9–12, 2022
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 
FREE with RSVP

Memory–Material is an experimental archive of migration stories. In its subjective approach, the weeklong program calls on multiple artists, together with their collaborators and communities, to adorn the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with biographical material that will interpret individual, collective, global, and local experiences of migration. While personal narratives of migration ground the program, Memory–Material also points to broader and intersecting themes of migration explored by the individual collaborators including border, land, labor, and policy. Through films, performances, conversations, installations, and workshops the program will utilize biographical stories and scenes to inform the many ways in which homemaking is made possible within this context. As the program develops and expands organically throughout the week, the artists will collectively construct an interior home space for reflection, contemplation, and celebration. Memory–Material is organized with June Canedo de Souza with contributions from CIELO,Adam PironZena Zendejas, Tsige TafesseFox MaxySonia GuiñansacaDarol Olu Kae,Natalia PereiraYatta Zoker, and Sheila Govindarajan

This program is presented as part of an ongoing series of environmental programming in 2022 made possible by Nora McNeely Hurley and Manitou Fund, and guided by the work of the MOCA Environmental Council.

Music/Theory
Organized with Mandy Harris Williams
June 25, 2022
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Tickets: $10 general admission/$8 MOCA members

Music/Theory is a multi-genre cultural festival that presents musicians as cultural workers, theorists, creative practitioners, and of course, rockstars. Guests have the opportunity to watch their favorites take to the main stage on the Aileen Getty Plaza for their musical set and also connect in talks, workshops, and panels. Collectives, support and aid networks, and non-profits will have information tables in WAREHOUSE, providing opportunities to learn and connect. Food and drink vendors will be on site, and ethical vendors will also be in attendance selling their wares! Artists to be announced.

Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs is organized by Alex Sloane, Associate Curator of Performance and Programs, with Brian Dang, Programming Coordinator.

Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs is founded by Wonmi & Kihong Kwon and Family.

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