Kenneth Anger: Icons will showcase the films, books, and artwork of one of the most original filmmakers of postwar American cinema. A defining presence of underground art and culture and a major influence on generations of filmmakers, musicians, and artists, Anger's films evoke the power of spells or incantations, combining experimental technique with popular song, rich color, and subject matter drawn equally from personal obsession, myth, and the occult.
MOCA's exhibition centers on Anger's Magik Lantern Cycle of films&mdash:Fireworks (1947), Puce Moment (1949), Rabbit's Moon (1950/1979), Eaux d'artifice (1953), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954/66), Scorpio Rising (1963), Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), and Lucifer Rising (1970-81)—presenting the work across multiple projections in a unique gallery installation of red vinyl, designed in close consultation with Anger. Complementing the films is an archive of photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia from Anger's personal collection that illustrates the filmmaker's unique vision of Hollywood's golden era, much of which formed the inspiration and source material for the filmmaker's infamous celebrity "gossip" books Hollywood Babylon (1975) and Hollywood Babylon II (1984). A performance by Technicolor Skull, the multi-media sound and video project for which Anger plays Theremin, along with Brian Butler on guitar and effects, will be presented at the MOCA opening on November 19. Curated by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, the exhibition will be presented at MOCA Grand Avenue from November 13, 2011, through February 27, 2012.