Join MOCA and the Southern California community for a special tribute to acclaimed actor, film director, and artist Dennis Hopper at the premiere of Dennis Hopper Double Standard. Curated by Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper Double Standard is the first American museum survey exhibition to showcase the remarkable body of work Hopper produced in a formidable career spanning over half a century.
Special DJ set by Eddie Ruscha
FREE FOR MOCA MEMBERS*
$10 general admission at the door, no student/senior discounts
Cash bar. Self-parking in surrounding lots.
Due to popularity, there may be wait times to enter the event and view the exhibition.
Opening Reception 7.10.2010 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Show Runs 7.11.2010 – 9.26.2010
Dennis Hopper Double Standard is the first comprehensive survey exhibition of Dennis Hopper’s (b. 1936, Dodge City, Kans) artistic career to be mounted by a North American museum. Best known for his work in film, Hopper has produced an oeuvre of remarkable breadth that blurs the boundaries between art, film, and popular culture. Curated by Julian Schnabel, whose own work has been inspired by Hopper’s fusion of art and film, the exhibition will assemble key selections and bodies of work examining the artist’s creative development with a focus on artworks made between 1961 and present day, as many of Hopper’s earlier paintings were destroyed in his studio by the 1961 Bel Air fire. The exhibition will be organized in several sections reflecting the cyclical and serial nature of the artist’s work. The layout will bring together various groupings of work emphasizing Hopper’s interest in Duchampian appropriation of common objects and the dialogue between pop and progressive culture. It will also highlight the ways in which Hopper has utilized a range of styles-from abstraction, the ready-made, and pop art to conceptual and performance art-to further his investigation into the “return to the real.” Tracing the evolution of Hopper’s artistic output, Dennis Hopper Double Standard will feature more than 200 works spanning his prolific 60-year career in a range of media, including an early painting from 1955; photographs, sculpture, and assemblages from the 1960s; paintings from the 1980s and ’90s; graffiti-inspired wall constructions and large-scale billboard paintings from the 2000s; his most recent sculptures; and film installations.