MOCA & 7 For All Mankind Present… Rebel by James Franco!

15 May


If you haven’t already noticed, we’re all about James Franco this season. Obviously, you know just as well as we do that this guy can do it all.  Actor, producer, director, model, and singer?  Count it… quintuple threat. We’re especially excited right now, because our favorite it-boy’s exhibit officially launches today at the MOCA in Los Angeles.  To kick-off the excitement around the exhibit, Franco’s biggest supporters attended a midnight screening of his film, “The Life and Death of Natalie Wood”.   So much more than a hotel, and eponymous with Hollywood glamour, the event was hosted at the Chateau Marmont and brought out big-name celebs like Lily Donaldson, Zach Braff, Jared Leto, Lou Doillon, Sky Ferreira, as well as our blogger besties (what up Cheyenne Meets Chanel, Late Afternoon, That’s Chic, and Song of Style)!

To give you guys a little background on this amazing exhibit, we’ll leave it to our good friends over at MOCA to explain…

Rebel is an interrogative ode to Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece Rebel Without A Cause, reimagined and interpreted by Franco.  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.

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.”

If you’re in L.A. this week, don’t forget to stop by the exhibit and show Mr. Franco a little love!  If you’re not on the west coast, don’t worry, there’s a giveaway of 7’s and the Rebel exhibit book for you to enter on our Facebook page in celebration of Art Month.


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