Los Angeles

Los Angeles

The Socia Scene

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue
June 4–August 20, 2000

Curator Connie Butler has sifted through MOCA's permanent collection and selected more than three hundred documentary photographs from the 1930s through the '80s, including portfolios by Arbus, Brassaï, Frank, Friedlander, Levitt, and Winogrand. Presented for the most part in their originally published sequences, the series are organized according to broad themes, such as Picturing California, the American Scene, Social Studies, and Reframing Nature. A fully illustrated catalogue will include essays by critics Max Kozloff and A.D. Coleman. The show promises some of the most compelling images of our time, and addresses perhaps the most compelling issue: What does it mean to be real?