LAMOA is a platform for an organic institution that lives through participation. LAMOA is currently located on the Campus of Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. 
1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, California 90041
Open hours: Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm

Contact: alicekonitz(at)

Isabell Spengler - Echo Chamber

Isabell Spengler's exhibition consists of two works - an installation and a video performance - both revolving around the theme of echo. The installation transforms the exhibition space of LAMOA into the home of "Vivianne Echo Starlight", a character from a film by Isabell Spengler and Daniel Adams, shot in France in 2014. The character of Starlight is loosely based on the Greek myth of the nymph Echo, who was condemned to speak only by repeating the words of others. In their film Spengler and Adams envision her as an old actress, who has trouble remembering her glorious days in Hollywood in the 1920's, now that she lives isolated in a tiny hut in the woods of Southern France.
The installation allows viewers to walk through Starlight's chambers, step into her shoes; and to share her perspective on loops, duplication, time-travelling and refractions of light and sound waves.
During the video performance, images of the hut in France are projected onto the LAMOA exhibition structure, merging the two buildings visually. The film sound is created live by Isabell Spengler and Los Angeles based artist Priyanka Ram: Starlight has a surprising comeback in her hometown - Los Angeles.

opening: Sat. April 8th, from 6pm to 9pm
performance by Isabell Spengler & Priyanka Ram at 8pm
exhibition: April 9th - May 8th, 2017

Isabell Spengler is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. Spengler's films are elaborate audio-visual compositions, breaching out and connecting various forms of experimental and queer film and performance practice. Inhabiting a world of self-designed costumes, props, language, logic and time-structure, her fantastic looking protagonists struggle to fit in, appropriate, transform or just live in the real environments they encounterSince 1998 her films, installations and performances have been presented in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including most recently at the Berlin International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montréal, Images Festival Toronto, WNDX Festival Winnipeg, Glasmoog Köln, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen,Museum of Modern Art São Paulo, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, Hammer Museum Los Angeles (upcoming 2017), Trinity Square Video Gallery,Gurevich Fine Art Gallery, Redling Fine Art Gallery, Werkleitz Zentrum für Medienkunst, Halle (Saale), Kunsthalle Exnergasse Wien, Redcat Theater Los Angeles, Pleasure Dome in Toronto, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Experimenta Bangalore and Cine Esquema Novo Festival in Porto Alegre. She studied at the University of Fine Arts Berlin and at the California Institute of the Arts. From 2004 until 2014 she was a lecturer and professor for Experimental Film at the University of Fine Arts Berlin. For her work she received numerous grants and awards; artist residencies in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Toronto.
Priyanka Ram is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Through the study of Western musical scales, ancient Greek modes, Hindustani and Carnatic ragas, Ram creates visual and sound compositions that coax relationships between time, rhythm, astronomy, the body, architecture, and color. These intersections are meant to emphasize the forces that exist within and outside the body and underscore the corporeal in an era that is soaked in the cerebral. She received her degrees in anthropology and advertising from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and her MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in

supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Rachel Mason - The Moving Mountain

Rachel Mason's new project, "The Moving Mountain" is a performance platform where interviews with scientists are integrated into performances that feature biographical stories both real and imagined. Mason will be using LAMOA as a songwriting studio to write songs for each of the 17 constellations attributed to human characters. This body of songs will become the foundation for performances within The Moving Mountain series. The first was on February 28 at Human Resources Gallery and was based on one star in the Andromeda constellation, Alpha Andromeda, aka Sirrah. 

Rachel Mason is an artist, musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles. Mason has recorded 13 albums, has toured, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, LACMA, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy among other venues. Reviews include New York Times, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, Art in America, Art News, and Artforum. Her album and feature film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. has toured festivals and museums internationally and was released in 2016.

Rachel Mason's residency at LAMOA at Occidental College will be from Mach 21 until April 3, 2017

A selection of the rough tracks she records at LAMOA will be uploaded to: 

Photo Credit: Paul Koudinaris

The Moving Mountain is part of the Emerge Projects program of the Pasadena Arts Council

Maidenhair Falls - Janet Kim

In celebration of this year's vernal equinox Janet Kim has gathered waters from seven waterfalls in Southern California, and decanted them into an organic receptacle balanced on a Maidenhair tree which the artist grew from a seed when she was a child.

The balance is at the hour of equinox. The balance of spirit. Reincarnation. Love.

Janet Kim's exhibition The Maidenhair Falls will be on view at LAMOA from March's full moon to the equinox (March 12 - March 20).
Reception March 20, 4-7pm at LAMOA at Occidental College

Janet Kim lives in Southern California with her husband, painter and collagist Garrett Cathey, and one year old daughter Penelope. She is founder and director of Tiny Creatures and singer-songwriter and front woman of Softboiled Eggies with whom she has released two studio albums. She is currently interested in memory and rituals in photography and sculpture, storytelling and song.

Photo Credit: Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear by Janet Kim



Photos and video by Isabell Spengler

Book Launch - Andreas Fogarasi

Opening: Saturday 11/124-6 PM at LAMOA at Occidental College

BBQ around the burning roof truss: Thursday 11/106-11PM 

The exhibition will be on view until March 10 2017
In his sculptural and photographic work, Andreas Fogarasi investigates how things are presented to us, how architecture is conceived as an image, how images are conceived as spectacle. His installation at LAMOA evokes and reinterprets some of these gestures of presentation.
An aluminum truss, the modular construction system commonly used for short-term event architecture, is modified to produce the most basic and archaic spectacle - an open fire (or rather the domesticated version of it, a neat row of gas flames).

Next to it, a brochure holder, suspended with grand gesture in mid-air, presents a small and inexpensively printed publication, entitled FREE BOOK YEAR. Free to take away, it contains 24 photographs from various exotic and mundane places around the world. Buildings by star architects such as Gustave Eiffel, Vladimir Shukhov, Peter Eisenman or Norman Foster, are pictured alongside anonymous temporary constructions, always with a focus on how their various urban situations and surroundings interfere with the aesthetic vision of the architecture. Situated somewhere between snapshots and the highly codified art of architectural photography, Fogarasi offers an exhibition to be taken away as a gift.

The publication's mirror cover would reflect the flames of the burning truss(entitled The La Brea Tar Pits on Fire), if it wasn't impossible to light it, both for college regulations as for the simple fact that LAMOA, itself an ironic sculptural model of museum architecture, is built from wood. A photograph mounted on the back wall shows the truss in action - used as a BBQ grill a few days prior to installing it on site. Connected to an empty propane gas bottle, it sits as a dysfunctional promise of excitement.

(Yes, there is some Ruscha reference, but also Yves Klein!)

Andreas Fogarasi (*1977, Vienna) is through his installations, sculptures, videos and photographs concerned with the act of showing and of representation. He analyses how places, cities, political ideas, or historic events become images and questions the role of culture – art, architecture, and design – in this process. Underlying his works is his critical examination of the mechanisms with which political appropriation operates in the field of visual culture today: the process of culturalisation of the economy – be it through „creative“ models of working and remuneration, through culture being the motor behind urban reconstruction, or as a factor in the competition for attracting tourists, investors, and media attention.

Formally informed by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art, Fogarasi’s works are at the same time documentary and autonomous sculptures. The documentary element is consciously fractured and rests on a precise balance between information and openness. The sculptural aspect is strongly architectural, often referencing iconic landmarks, commercial presentations or temporary forms of architecture such as stands at fairs, stage constructions, or pavilions.

Andreas Fogarasi was awarded in 2007 with the Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennial for his exhibition in the Hungarian Pavilion. He participated in numerous international exhibitions at institutions such as the MAK Center, Los Angeles; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; The New Museum, New York and had solo shows amongst others at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich; Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo; Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto; Ludwig Museum, Aachen; Lombard Freid Projects, New York; Ernst Museum, Budapest; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; and concurrently with his show at LAMOA, at Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City.


Photos by Sean Deckert

Gabrielle Jennings: Start by Discarding

Our growth and consumption-driven economy produces an enormous amount of stuff that becomes obsolete in a very short amount of time and then is thrown out, making room for ever the new. Often these rejects can be found discarded on the sidewalks near peoples' homes in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Gabrielle Jennings photographed these abandoned things and has silhouetted them with various shades of green, referencing the video practice of chroma-keying. This is the process of isolating a single color in an electronic image and using software to make that area transparent, allowing another image to show through the affected areas. Accentuating the idea of absence and presence, Jennings uses the sliding doors of LAMOA to display before and after images of each discarded object printed as a series of 12 posters. Literature related to the subject matter of the exhibition – the discarded detritus of contemporary life, our culture’s obsession with stuff, and the self-help, organizational trends that promise to transform our lives – are strewn across the floor of the space and available for the taking. Marie Kondo’s wildly bestselling 
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is among them. Additionally, triangular shade sails painted in various shades of DIY green screen paint and attached to the building structure intersect the space and re-present the silhouetted shapes as places of psychic projection. 

Please join us for Start by Discarding, an installation by Gabrielle Jennings on display at LAMOA October 15 - November 6th.

Extra posters will be available to the public.

Please Join us for Start by Discarding, an installation by Gabrielle Jennings on display at LAMOA October 15 - November 6th.
LAMOA is free and open to the public Monday - Saturday, 10AM to 5PM. 
Gabrielle Jennings is a multi-media artist and Associate Professor teaching in the graduate Art program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Jennings has shown nationally and internationally with her most recent exhibition being at MiM Gallery in Los Angeles. Jennings has been artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and 200 Gertrude Street Artist Spaces, Melbourne and has been honored with support from such organizations as the Art Matters Fellowship, Philip Morris Kunstforderung, and the Samsung Faculty Enrichment Grant. Among others, writers Harold Fricke, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, and Jan Tumlir have written about her work.

Photos by Rachel Bank