This afternoon I visited the Dennis Hopper Double Standard exhibition at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA). The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is a former police car warehouse in Little Tokyo renovated by California architect Frank O. Gehry. As you enter the exhibition, you are greeted by two giant fiberglass advertising figures. From there you move on to several large rooms which contain paintings, photographs, sculptures, and assemblages by Dennis Hopper, which span his career in art from the 1950s to the late 2000s. There are dozens of black and white photographs from the 1960s, of street scenes, celebrities, well known artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as images of 1960s era civil rights events and leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. There are also huge billboard size reproductions of several of his photographs. One of the most unusual pieces in the exhibit is a large phallic like mechanical device called “Bomb Drop”. At the back of the exhibition, there is a theater showing clips from some of Dennis Hopper’s most important film roles.
In the gift shop, you can purchase a large, hardcover, signed, limited edition copy of Dennis Hopper’s book of early photographs, Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 for $1000 ($900 if you are a member of MOCA). Or, you can purchase a regular, unsigned, paperback copy for $34.95. They also have a book which accompanies the exhibition for $19.95.
If you are in LA, you should check it out. I think it was worth the $10 admission price to see the creative, eccentric side of Dennis Hopper.
For more information, see my previous blog entry: Dennis Hopper Double Standard at MOCA Los Angeles (May 18, 2010)
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