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With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985

Installation view of With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985, October 27, 2019–May 18, 2020 at MOCA Grand Avenue. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Jeff Mclane.

CANCELED: Symposium: Pattern and Decoration


MOCA has taken specific measures to keep our visitors and staff healthy and safe. We have been monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) closely and in line with suggestions from The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we have decided to cancel Symposium: Pattern and Decoration in an effort to help with containment. There is no immediate threat or cause for concern at MOCA, but we feel taking these measures are in the best interest of our broader Los Angeles community. MOCA Grand Avenue galleries and WAREHOUSE at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are currently temporarily closed. Please continue to check our website for any additional updates.

The Pattern and Decoration movement flourished in art centers from New York to Los Angeles, was presented in dozens of exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and enjoyed a critical reception. By the mid-1980s, it had fallen by the wayside of art history; it has since remained overlooked. The preponderance of decorative sensibilities and craft-based practices in contemporary art, however, points to an influential P&D legacy, ripe for reconsideration. On the occasion of With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985— the first full-scale, scholarly survey of P&D in North America—this symposium explores previously unexamined dimensions of the movement and delves into its implications for contemporary art history. Join scholars, curators, and artists including Andy Campbell, Julia Haft-Candell, Merion Estes, Young Joon Kwak, Jenelle Porter, and Jenni Sorkin in the discussion, with more panelists to be announced.

Priority tickets are available to MOCA members at any time on the day of the program. Thirty minutes before the program begins tickets will be released to non-members. One ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Early arrival is recommended.

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