The upcoming portmanteau piece “Rebel”, which features work from James Franco, Douglas Gordon, Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha, Aaron Young and Harmony Korine premiered last year at the Venice Biennale. It has now been announced (via MOCA) that the film will finally return to screens.
While the piece is being screened from May 15 onwards, it has it’s opening on Sunday May 12 at 941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
Read below for more information or alternatively visit the MOCA website.
May 15–June 23, 2012
941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Opening event: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 7–10pm
MOCA presents Rebel, conceived by James Franco with Douglas Gordon, Harmony Korine, Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha, and Aaron Young. Rebel will be on view from May 15 through June 23, 2012, at JF Chen, a newly emerging contemporary art and design space, located at 941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
Rebel is an interrogative ode to Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece Rebel Without A Cause (1955), conceived by Franco to embrace and mine the main themes and events in the original film. The exhibition reinterprets the film’s legends, the people involved, its place in Hollywood, film as a medium, and behind-the-scenes footage, in a new, fresh, and unconventional presentation of film, video installation, photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture, housed in and framed by iconic Hollywood structures.
“MOCA is excited to present Rebel,” said MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch. “This exhibition, based on an iconic Los Angeles film by artists with strong ties to MOCA, represents a convergence of extraordinary talents and has a profound resonance with the Los Angeles art world and its relationship to Hollywood.”
In Rebel, the contributions of each artist are combined to capture the spirit of the original film through references to the auto and motorcycle culture of the 1950s, which James Dean was a part of; teenage angst and issues of identity back then, related to identity now; patrilineal exchange, and the relationships of father and son, and mentor and student; male and female sexuality; fiction and fact; and Hollywood and the art world. The Chateau Marmont is one of the central points in Rebel, and perhaps the single most significant reference and home to Hollywood behind the scenes life, acting as a linking structure to the exhibition, and to several of the works presented.