It’s the sad truth that big museums tend to be a little bit behind the times when it comes to, well, anything. Don’t get us wrong, from LACMA to MoMa to the Tate, we love each and every one but, as institutions, they are already so grown up that sometimes they find it a little hard to seem young – after all they’re not spring chickens anymore. Because of this, we were delighted to hear about the collaboration between the LA Museum of Contemporary Art and YouTube to launch MOCAtv, the first internet channel of its kind devoted exclusively to contemporary art. While every and any cultural centre can have Twitter or a Facebook page, this new innovative use of social media has latched on to the global reach of the internet for the good of education. Good on you MOCA.
Currently divided thematically into six streams of content - Artist Video Projects, YouTube Curated by, The Artist’s Studio, Art in the Streets, Art + Music, and Moca U - the videos explore artists from the west coast and beyond in succinct and nicely edited clips. Still in its early stages, the channel is not flush with content yet but continues to be updated regularly. Having thoroughly scoured the site already, two Art Wednesday picks would include a very candid studio visit with painter and DJ Dave Muller, who draws inspiration from his massive LP collection, and a conversation with Mark Bradford on his process and equisite large-scale painting entitled “Bad Ass.” Check “Bad Ass” out below and the rest at MOCAtv [here].
Words by Devon Caranicas.