As with the Societe Anonyme exhibition, “Musée Los Angeles" will include four false rooms. The exhibition space is on the second floor of a warehouse built in 1919. The building was first used for paper production and later for film production. The space is 3,000 sq. ft. with concrete floors and an open ceiling. Rather than creating rooms in their entirety, rooms are delineated through a variety of partial structures. These structures include solitary walls, floor mats, and portions of polished floor that contrast sharply with the space’s unclean floor. This act mimics display tactics used in avant-garde theater that, influenced by Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theater‘, highlight the constructed nature of staged reality. These display strategies are also implemented, though without Brechtian criticality, at IKEA stores around the world.
Participating artists include Nathan Azhderian & Jay Peter Salvas, Fiona Banner, Fiona Connor, Meg Cranston, Jack Goldstein, Daniel Hom & Jacob Stewart-Halevy, Patrick Jackson, Lesley Moon, Joshua Nathanson, Karthik Pandian, Jason Rhoades, Miljohn Ruperto, Asha Schechter, Asha Schechter & Jacob Stewart-Halevy, and Yuh-Shioh Wong. Jason Rhoades’s “Blue Room Love Seat” (1995) is a love seat-cum-asphyxiation chamber that will be in operation for the opening of the exhibition on August 8 from 4-8 pm. An appointment is necessary to activate the work after the opening. Jack Goldstein’s film “The Knife” (1975) will be exhibited in an adjacent space. The film is approximately three minutes long and will not be looped. lt is screened upon request. Lesley Moon’s piece exists exclusively for the online catalogue, as does the trailer for Daniel Horn & Jacob Stewart- Halevy’s video.” All other work will be exhibited among the four false rooms contained within the main exhibition space of “Musée Los Angeles.”