Daily Archives: January 12, 2010

Pop Goes MOCA

The news that MOCA has hired Jeffrey Deitch is fascinating on several levels. It’s an unusual move for a gallerist and museum to meet up. But more significantly, it’s evidence of just how important LA’s art scene has become, that the city could lure first one of New York’s top museum directors (Michael Govan), and then one of its merchants. (I wrote a big feature on the LA art scene for the Art Basel Miami Beach magazine, though I have yet to see a copy of it so can’t post it here.) I think it’s a good move, though I find Deitch to be a bit of a puzzle. He champions Pop Artists, but only if they work in fine art media. I find some of his taste atrocious. He always brought the best music to Miami during Art Basel — but then made his parties super exclusive, so not many heard it. Still, I say, bring the noise.

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Girl Power Redux

I don’t like nostalgia. I always try to look forward. But I can’t help but be cheered by what I sense as snowballing interest in ’90s Feminism. Kathleen Hanna just donated her Riot Grrrl collection to NYU and has a blog. FSG is publishing Marisa Meltzer’s Girl Power: The ’90s Revolution in Music in February (she interviewed me for it). Marisa’s cowriter on the Sassy book, Kara Jesella, and Ada Calhoun have a cool new blog called ’90s Woman. And in Henry Jenkins’s class today on “Fans, Participatory Culture, and Web 2.0,” he talked about Third Wave Feminism. As someone whose life was very much changed by WAC, Riot Grrrl, SWIM, etc., this is one part of my past I’m happy to revisit. Expect more blogs as I read Marisa’s book, and keep studying with Henry.

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