If you’re wondering how new Museum of Contemporary Art Director Philippe Vergne is taking to Los Angeles and his post at the museum, or what he has to say about the ambitious “Mike Kelley” exhibition that opened March 30, just ask him.
Vergne will be holding a live Twitter Q&A from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific time on Friday. The hashtag for questions is: #askMOCA. Vergne’s answers will post in real time at twitter.com/MOCAlosangeles.
In the meantime, MOCAtv, the digital programming arm of the museum, launched a six-minute video Thursday morning in which Vergne addresses his connection to Kelley and offers his thoughts on the new exhibition.
“I couldn’t be more happy to start my tenure at MOCA with the Mike Kelley retrospective,” he said in the video.
About the L.A. incarnation of the exhibition, which was organized by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and has traveled to the Center Pompidou in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York, Vergne added: “It’s closest to what Mike would have liked and what Mike would have done with the exhibition, and it’s a great tribute to both Ann [Goldstein, formerly of the Stedelijk] and Bennett [Simpson, of MOCA] to be able to actually channel what Mike’s vision would have been here.”
During the next few weeks, MOCAtv will be rolling out additional videos featuring artists, critics and curators talking about Mike Kelley and the exhibition. They include interviews with former MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel, artists Dave Muller, Stephen Prina and T. Kelly Mason as well as art critic John Welchman and Simpson, among many others.
Furthering the multimedia effort, an hour-long show of MOCAtv videos about artists will air 9 p.m. Thursday on the independent public television station KCET's "Artbound." It will feature artists including Sterling Ruby, Niki de Saint Phalle, Barry Le Va, Nan Goldin, Marcus McGhee, Bruce Conner, Fatima Al Qadiri.
Question about that? Ask Vergne on Friday.
“Mike Kelley” is on view at MOCA through July 28.