The multi-faceted and multi-talented James Franco has further validated his suaveness by adding ‘art curator’ to his already extensive list of accomplishments. The actor-turned student-turned author-turned professor-turned an actor playing an artist (named Franco) on “General Hospital”- turned documentary filmmaker is continuing to wow Hollywood with his newly conceived MOCA exhibit “Rebel”, paying homage to the 1955 James Dean movie “Rebel Without a Cause”.
The exhibit is now open to the public through June 23rd at JF Chen, the Hollywood space of furniture dealer Joel Chen. The venue, along with the pieces on display, further add to the innovative, and widely misunderstood, projects Franco undertakes; as the venue has been slammed as a conflict of interest due to the commercial space and the pieces on display make bold statements through the meshing of pop culture and fine art.
Bringing together other pieces of work including paintings, sculpture, drawing, video installation and multimedia in conjunction with Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha, Douglas Gordon, Aaron Young, Paul and Damon McCarthy and Harmony Korine, “Rebel” includes stunt-like artwork and multiple films using Franco as the star subject. As the 1955 film explored many taboo topics of the time you can expect to see some thought-provoking work including violent videos, sexual sculptures and subliminal nods to drug use all framed by iconic, Hollywood structures.
Franco has been fascinated and intertwined with the image of James Dean for years and was also captivated by the film this exhibit celebrates as a teenager. His 2001 portrayal of James Dean also earned him a Golden Globe. The 50th anniversary of Dean’s death 7 years ago inspired Franco to come up with an unconventional way to celebrate this icon, and visually portray “the first mainstream American movie that dealt with teenagers on their own terms.” It’s Franco’s idea of using Dean’s “film as a source for inspiration and building off that to create new work” that has us highly intrigued. Whether you’re a film junkie, art freak, or a fan of either James this is something you must take time out of your weekend to experience – and why not, admission is free!
When: Tuesday, May 15 through Saturday, June 23 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: J.F. Chen, 941 North Highland Avenue