Josh Azzarella’s California Invasion

Right on the heels of his special project for PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami, two museum exhibitions featuring Josh Azzarella will open to the public by early February.

First up is “Split Moment” at the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach; curated and organized by Mary Coyne, Damaris Leal and Hillary Morimoto alongside Nizan Shaked, the show “examines the modes artists utilize to appropriate and engage performance by contextualizing issues such as viewership, mediation, and presence.” Opening on January 27, 2012, 6-8pm, “Split Moment” will remain on view through April 15th, and showcases Azzarella’s famed “Untitled #100 (Fantasia)” video – which sources Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. Other featured artists include¬†Trisha Brown, Jocelyn Foye, Babette Mangolte, Kelly Nipper, Yvonne Rainer, and Flora Wiegmann.

Shortly thereafter, “Render: New Construction in Video Art” opens at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside on February 4, 2012. The opening reception will be held on February 18, from 6-9pm, and also honor featured artists Rebecca Baron + Doug Goodwin, Jennifer West, Sean Dockray in addition to several others. “Render explores the physical and phenomenological processes of video in contemporary art,” and will highlight three seminal videos from Azzarella. Most notably, the museum will mount Azzarella’s ambitious “Untitled #125 (Hickory)” (sourced from “Wizard of Oz” footage) for its first West Coast showing.

For more information on any of these events, please visit the respective websites of the sponsoring institutions, or contact the gallery.

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