Danial Nord’s “State of the Art” Video Installation Acquired by MOAH with Funds from Mark & Hilarie Moore

The Mark & Hilarie Moore Family Trust is pleased their support in the acquisition by the Museum of Art and History of the work titled “State of the Art” by artist Danial Nord. Check out the video installation titled “State of The Art” by DANIAL NORD on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/47487161


Danial NordState of the Art, 2011 / recycled television parts, five video projectors, audio speakers, DVD player, Plexiglas mirrors, mixed materials. Sculpture dimensions: 17′ x 9′ x 6′

Permanent Collection of the Museum of Art and HistoryAcquisition Made Possible with Funds from The Mark & Hilarie Moore Family Trust

A giant dispossessed Mickey Mouse, made from the backs of discarded television sets, pulsates with broadcast media from a bygone era. The massive icon (5 meters from ear to toe) lays in the vulnerable position of a homeless man passed out on a sidewalk after a binge. Projectors and mirrors bounce radiant video through every pore of the piece, charging the surrounding space with shifting light and sound.

Excerpt from installation created for the City of Los Angeles Fellowships Exhibition (2011), reinstalled at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (2014). The work was praised in this LA Times Review of the City of Los Angeles Fellowships Exhibition:


Danial Nord is an interdisciplinary artist who reinterprets the familiar language and trappings of mass communication. Nord’s provocative installations draw from his accomplishments as an award winning designer-animator in the entertainment industry, as an internationally based fashion designer, and as a scenic and prop artist for film, television and theater. His agile manipulation of color, light, form, moving image, and sound catches viewers in a cycle of seduction and confrontation.

Nord’s large-scale installations were recently featured in “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and in the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. He has exhibited in the US and abroad at World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China, Stadsmuseum Ghent, Belgium, in New York at Freight + Volume and ISE Cultural Foundation, in Philadelphia at ICA, and in the Los Angeles area at California Museum of Photography, Fringe Exhibitions, HAUS, Pacific Design Center, and the City of L.A. Municipal Art Gallery. His exhibitions have been covered by the LA Times, LA Weekly, ARTFORUM, Artweek, Afterimage, and NPR. He has been honored with numerous awards including two Artistic Innovation Grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship.

Nord earned his BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. He continued with postgraduate studies in communication technologies and media at School of Visual Arts and the NYU Center for Digital Multimedia in New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

The Mark & Hilarie Moore Family Trust have supported the acquisition of works by acclaimed emerging artists from around the world since 1984. Recently, the Museum of Art and History named one of their exhibition rooms in their honor in appreciation for their support over the years.

Since 1984, Mark Moore and his wife Hilarie have been leading champions of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists in Southern California. Until 2016, they were the founders and principals of Mark Moore Gallery – an acclaimed Los Angeles space that was family owned and operated for nearly 33 years. Recognizing the rapid changes of the gallery industry and the modern needs of his clients, Moore decided to pivot the focus of his business from the traditional gallery model to a private agency that would allow for increased project flexibility and individualized consulting. Mark Moore Fine Art is a progression from Moore’s gallery history, with a similarly ambitious roster of represented artists and activity in the secondary market. With Moore’s broad experience, MMFA provides tailored collection management, consulting, project management, public artwork commissions, exhibition design, and curatorial services with the attentiveness of a small-scale firm. For a detailed history of our past exhibitions and projects, please click here.

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