An investigation of the urban fabric. Over the past five years, five artists have worked outward from the corner of First Street and Grand Avenue, where the main entrance of the Concert Hall stands. The building revived in an emblematic way the tropes of heroic social labor, already appreciatively echoed in a number of celebratory documentary projects.
An investigation of the urban fabric
Conceived in 1998 as a long-term collaborative project, FACING THE MUSIC is an investigation of the urban fabric of downtown Los Angeles through the expansion of its "cultural corridor" with the construction of Frank O. Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Over the past five years, five artists, James Baker, Anthony Hernandez, Karin-Apollonia Muller, Allan Sekula and Billy Woodberry, have worked outward from the corner of First Street and Grand Avenue, where the main entrance of the Concert Hall stands. This urban street corner has become an intersection of the new axis of culture and spirituality-marked by the presence of Arata Isozaki designed Museum of Contemporary Art, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Music Center complex, and Jose Rafael Moneo's Our Lady of Angels Cathedral-and the old axis of the city's civic and media center-The Los Angeles Times, the County Courthouse, and City Hall.
Looking for social relations in the wake of the massive social eviction of the 1960s, FACING THE MUSIC proposes a variety of "post-Acropolyptic" social-realist approaches to research. The building of Disney Hall revived in an emblematic way the tropes of heroic social labor, already appreciatively echoed in a number of celebratory documentary projects.
FACING THE MUSIC is generously supported by a research grant from The J.Paul Getty Trust. Additional support for the exhibition is made possible byThe Pasadena Art Alliance and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Guest Curator: Allan Sekula
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 6-9 p.m.
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