Los Angeles

Los Angeles

“Ecstasy: In and About Altered Sttes”

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue
September 9, 2005–February 20, 2006

Curated by Paul Schimmel

In the ’80s, XTC (the English pop band whose name phonetically transcribes the word that serves as the theme for this exhibition) wrote a song titled “The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul.” The great voyage beyond oneself seems to be the order of the day, at least if one is to judge by the number of recent exhibitions devoted either to soul-searching’s historical and vernacular side (psychedelia) or to its multiple avatars in contemporary art. Among the latter, this show promises a particularly original, and very multimedia, journey. The list of thirty artists is radically eclectic, running the gamut from Jeppe Hein to Pipilotti Rist, Ann Veronica Janssens to Takashi Murakami, plus a few newcomers from the four corners of the globe.

Translated from French by Jeanine Herman.