Eleven Heavy Things

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Pedestals For Guilty Ones, Eleven Heavy Things, Union Square Park, New York, 2010 © Courtesy of the Artist and MOCA Pacific Design Center.Photo by Paul Lamotte
Eleven Heavy Things

8687 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
July 23rd, 2011 - October 23rd, 2011
Opening: July 23rd, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

west hollywood/b.h.
Tue-Fri 11-5; Sat-Sun 11-6


This exhibition from artist, filmmaker, and writer Miranda July features a series of 11 sculptures that encourage viewer interaction in the Melrose Wave Park at the Pacific Design Center. The cast fiberglass, steel-lined pieces include pedestals to stand on, tablets fashioned with holes for body parts, and freestanding abstract headdresses. The work was first exhibited in a garden within Giardino delle Vergini for the 53rd International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2009, and at Union Square Park in New York in 2010.

Reception for the artist
Saturday July 23 6–8pm

In conjunction with her new feature length film The Future, polymath, artist, filmmaker, and writer Miranda July brings Eleven Heavy Things, a series of interactive sculptures, to the Pacific Design Center Lawn. The pieces invite visitors to mount inscribed pedestals, stand beneath elaborate headdresses, and insert their limbs into holes. A work that begins as sculpture metamorphoses into countless performances, only complete when participants photograph their interactions and share them. Through collaboration and dissemination, the audience shifts and the viewer becomes the subject of the work.

Generous support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.