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Bursts of intensity within Kahlil Joseph's quotidian landscape at MOCA
Bursts of intensity within Kahlil Joseph's quotidian landscape at MOCA

Nothing much happens in “m.A.A.d.,” Kahlil Joseph’s double-screen video installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Unexpectedly, its open-ended ordinariness is among the work’s primary advantages. Women sit under hairdryers at the beauty parlor. Kids splash in a swimming pool. Drinks are served at a bar. A panhandler at a neighborhood intersection flags down a car. Friends go for a joy ride in a convertible, destination unnecessary. Traffic streams along the freeway, shot from the aerial viewpoint of a drone. A high school marching band practices its routine. Routine is the operative word. A casual urban portrait of Los Angeles, photographed mostly but...

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