Los Angeles

Jessica Bronson

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Flashing ambulance and police lights. Aerial shot of freeway median-strip greenery with sounds of a revving motor. A silent little freeze-frame in black and white of a zippy car. Aerial shot of cars zooming along with more revving. Expensive aerial pan of Hollywood sign. And at the end—predictably—sounds of a car crash, repeated twice, while the camera swoops in like it will collide with a building in downtown LA. Final freeze-frame shot of the LA cityscape. Loop to flashing lights.

Except for the big-deal, twin curved screens, you might think you’d bumbled into a semester’s end show for an intro art class, perhaps Video 101, instead of the most recent work by Jessica Bronson, the second winner of the Emerging Artist Award, created by MoCA and The Citibank Private Bank. Although she titles this video installation world picture, 1998, Bronson does not address the obvious: How is it a world

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