Exhibition

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985

27 Oct 2019 – 11 May 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
11:00 – 18:00
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
11:00 – 18:00
Thursday
11:00 – 20:00
Friday
11:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 17:00
Sunday
11:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Members: Free
General Admission (valid all day at both DTLA locations): $15
Students with I.D.: $8
Seniors (65+): $10
Children under 12: Free
Jurors with I.D.: Free
Admission is free every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm.

MOCA Grand

Los Angeles
California, United States

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With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 is the first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation.

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Covering the years 1972 to 1985 and featuring approximately fifty artists from across the United States, the exhibition examines the Pattern and Decoration movement’s defiant embrace of forms traditionally coded as feminine, domestic, ornamental, or craft-based and thought to be categorically inferior to fine art. Pattern and Decoration artists gleaned motifs, colour schemes, and materials from the decorative arts, freely appropriating floral, arabesque, and patchwork patterns and arranging them in intricate, almost dizzying, and sometimes purposefully gaudy designs.

Their work across mediums pointedly evokes a pluralistic array of sources from Islamic architectural ornamentation to American quilts, wallpaper, Persian carpets, and domestic embroidery. Pattern and Decoration artists practiced a postmodernist art of appropriation borne of love for its sources rather than the cynical detachment that became de rigueur in the international art world of the 1980s. This exhibition traces the movement’s broad reach in postwar American art by including artists widely regarded as comprising the core of the movement.

Curators

Anna Katz

Rebecca Lowery

Exhibiting artists

Al Loving

Dee Shapiro

Miriam Schapiro

Kim MacConnel

Billy Al Bengston

Kendall Shaw

Merion Estes

Takako Yamaguchi

Joyce Kozloff

Betty Woodman

Robert Kushner

Valerie Jaudon

Emma Amos

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