Laughing on the Outside: Selections from the Permanent Collection presents artworks from MOCA’s collection that register the ludicrous, the impossible, and the playful. On view are stairs that lead to nowhere, invitations to exhibitions that contain no objects, and boots that appear to walk by themselves.
There are a pair of chimerical blue orbs by Lita Albuquerque, an early study of boxy green forms by seminal Modernist Josef Albers and a series of monochromatic paintings by Félix González-Torres that depict the colors of the Palestinian flag — a sequence of white, green, red and black that was once outlawed by Israel.
Artists of Color is The Underground Museum’s third exhibition curated by our co-founder Noah Davis. It presents color-driven work in the form of monochrome, hard-edge and color field painting, sculpture and immersive installations. The show includes works by artists Joe Goode, Josef Albers, Michael Asher, Dan Flavin, Carmen Herrera, Jennie C. Jones, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Diana Thater, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lita Albuquerque and more.
Color is a building block of artistic practice and our own aesthetic experiences. Artists of all mediums use color to express shapes, light, mood and emotion. Think about the specific shades that represent serenity, nobility, energy, or purity. Color is also used by people and political movements to define culture and countries. It can make visible the often unseen connection between our bodies and the cosmos.
Our hope is that through this show you develop your own relationship to color. That together we expand the dialogue around color theory. That you take new notice of how colors interact with each other, both on the canvas and in life.