In Ragnar Kjartanssons 2007 video installation, God, the artist channels a Vegas lounge lizard, warbling sorrow conquers happiness over and over again, shattering visitors nerves and rattling their brains. The work is on view in At Capacity: Large-Scale Works From the Permanent Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit showcases many of the institutions iconic pieces collected over the past 15 years. Also clamoring for attention during MOCAs quince celebration is Jack Piersons Paradise Lights, a huge neon Vegas marquee; and Dennis Oppenheims booming self-portrait, Attempt to Raise Hell. In the latter, the artist repeatedly bangs his head against a large cast-iron bell, causing unsuspecting spectators to bounce out of their shoes.
Also on exhibit is Open Process: New Work by Miami Artists, which furthers MOCAs efforts to support a bumper crop of emerging local talent such as Jessica Laurel Arias, Autumn Casey, Domingo Castillo, and Tatiana Vahan. The artists were set free in the museums archives for inspiration and left to create their own installations. This exhibition provides an opportunity for us to really collaborate with a small group of artists and to concentrate on their needs, says Ruba Katrib, MOCAs associate curator. I believe the process of working on this exhibition will be an incredible resource that the artists can refer to as they continue to develop their careers. T
Sat., April 2, 11 a.m., 2011