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So last night was the big super snazzy Members Only opening party for the © MURAKAMI Show at MOCA.

The show is amazing, and I was blown away by both the giant sculptural installations and also the total environments created in the rooms that received the wallpaper treatments.

I’m no art critic but this is one not to be missed.

On the downside, the museum staff were the most aggressive and unpleasant bunch I have ever encountered, all but ruining the experience for me.

They followed us around like vultures, reminding everyone that photography was forbidden (except if you had a media pass, which pretty much everyone but me must have had because there were a zillion cameras), and just bullying us in general. This was an invitation-only closed event, and I wasn’t thrilled to be getting the treatment normally reserved for common thugs, particularly when it was being doled out by surly, underage, ignorant, minimum-wage dullards in filthy, worn out polo shirts.

Oh and the line to get into the Louis Vuitton shop never moved the whole time we were there and was out the door by the time we left – you could end up spending the whole night just waiting to shop!

More forbidden photos after the jump – and in my Flickr set.


STU was kind enough to offer to share his photos too. Thanks, STU!

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8 thoughts on “© MURAKAMI @ MOCA”

  1. “surly, underage, ignorant, minimum-wage dullards”

    it’s not right to chastise a person for being either “underage” nor “minimum wage” because there is nothing wrong with either of those characteristics.

    clearly, the museum staff were following orders from the museum MANAGEMENT (that’s who you want to complain to, not the staff) and perhaps they were “surly” because you disregarded their directives and took pictures. at the end of the day, the staff are the ones who will get reprimanded by the management for your blithely breaking the rules.

  2. There almost seems to be a concerted effort by museum staffs to hire security companies who’s employees seem to have the exact reverse of the mental skills required to manage both their daily needs and their event needs.

    Last night, at the Louis Vuitton store, the guard working the line (which at that point had a dozen people in it) was yelling at us to “Stand against the wall!” I was ready to get tased, right there.

  3. I’ve noticed as of late downtown has been getting more and more unpleasant. Actually I noticed it strongly last year. I heard the police were ticketing people with wine in their hands now.

    Yeah in regards to the management, exactly Trix. The gallery owners and the museum management make the kids do the dirty work, but they are doing exactly what they are told to do. These rich jerks hide behind little working class kids.

    The people who run these events don’t view the visitors as anything more than cash. It’s not about art anymore. It makes me sad. I used to go out all of the time, but now I know what is going to happen. It’s kind of sad.

    I remember when MOCA had the visual music show. It was so awesome. I still remember it. Who would have thought a museum could have that much innovation in curating a show. Avant-garde, but totally with a point. It was truly about art. I think when this gallery in Chinatown tried to mock that show and it was a packed room I knew that was the end of art (well a little part of it) in Los Angeles. I blocked out the name of the gallery in my head, because it was so awful and no one in the room seemed to notice how god awful bad it was.

    I still have faith in MOCA though, LACMA I can’t even walk by that place without wanting to vomit.

    That being said I’m still going to the Murakami show. I’m trying to keep hope alive.


  4. I was at MOCA on Saturday with a small group from school and the guards were by far the worst aspect of the visit.

    I understand that they have a boring, low paid job and I understand that they need to enforce rules like no photography and not getting too close to the exhibits. But when you are obeying the rules and still made to feel like a rule breaker is the point at which viewing art in a gallery starts to feel like an elitist activity.

    What happened to the good old days when the staff in museums actually knew something about the exhibits. A simple question to one of the “guards” about why some pieces were marked off and others weren’t was greeted with a stern. “I don’t about that, you have to ask at the front desk”. Excuse me for thinking that you might have any purpse other than making me feel unwanted.

    Ultimately I blame the management too. Why can’t everyone be perfect like me?!

  5. There are lots of museums where the docent or security staff is involved. I’ve had great experiences with the security staff at both the Getty Center and at the San Jose Museum of Art – both of those facilities seem to try and find people who at least have some interest in the place that they work.

  6. I was appalled at the horrible attitude of the MOCA guards during the Grand Ave. Festival. I wonder if they have changed guard companies recently or if the special event guards or es-specially rude.

  7. You guys should see how pathetic and overcompensatory the obese teen workers at the Science Center are, literally a fat samoan-esque blotch face hovering over the interactive tinker toys deconstrcuting everything kids made with a shit face. She then yelled at my son for sitting against a table (within 1/2 a second from when he sat) and then immiediately did the same thing while tearing down his work and looking at me with a smirk. I think I have complained 3 or 4 times now to management.

    I understand that the skill set may be loose for a job that involved doing nothing 90% of the time, but please stop employing the obese loser set from South LA. There are plenty of McD’s and Burger Kings for them to work at, our cultural centers deserve more. And like others, I have had excellent staff experiences at museum in NYC and the bay area.

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