Barbara Kruger's Landmark 'Untitled (Questions)' Reinstalled by MOCA

The nearly thirty-year old piece remains as relevant as ever.

Arts
6,538 Hypes 10 Comments

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has reinstalled a classic mural from famed artist Barbara Kruger, just in time for America’s midterm elections. Untitled (Questions) was first unveiled in 1990 and aims to provoke discourse regarding civic duties, the democratic institution, and government.

Intended to evoke the American flag, the artwork has been revived on the MOCA’s north side. It consists of nine questions, painted in unmissable bold-face text across a nearly three-story-tall wall on the MOCA building. It reads: “WHO IS BEYOND THE LAW? WHO IS BOUGHT AND SOLD? WHO IS FREE TO CHOOSE? WHO DOES TIME? WHO FOLLOWS ORDERS? WHO SALUTES LONGEST? WHO PRAYS LOUDEST? WHO DIES FIRST? WHO LAUGHS LAST?” The Los Angeles Times notes that the piece “in ways both oblique and direct, tackled issues of power, corruption, gender, and race.” When the newspaper spoke to Kruger about the continuing impact of Untitled (Questions), she responded, “It’s tragic and sad that there is still resonance on these issues.”

Take a look at the original artwork above and the process of reinstalling the work below.

Most recently, MOCA hosted an exhibit centered around genderless denim brand, 69.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

??? ?? ?????? ??? ????

A post shared by The Museum of Contemporary Art (@mocalosangeles) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

??? ?? ?????? ??? ???? . MOCA is thrilled to announce that #BarbaraKruger’s work Untitled (Questions) is being installed on the north facing wall of MOCA Geffen! In connection with the work, a series of voter registration efforts will be anchored by the artwork in advance of the 2018 midterms, as well as the 2020 general election. October 22 is the last day to register online to vote in California–click the link in our bio to see the deadline to register in your state, and whether you can do so electronically. And check out our❓highlighted story to read an exclusive interview with Kruger by @cmonstah in the @LATimes. . The work includes nine questions such as “Who is beyond the law?”, “Who is bought and sold?”, and “Who is free to choose?” The artwork uses these questions to point to issues of patriotism, civic engagement, and power relations. The work will remain on view through November of 2020. This installation is the first public facing project since the appointment of @KlausBiesenbach as MOCA’s new director and reflects his commitment to the museum’s active engagement in civic dialogue, democratic participation, and community activation. . [Photo courtesy of Troyese Robinson]

A post shared by The Museum of Contemporary Art (@mocalosangeles) on

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

415 Users Online

What to Read Next

Drake Is the New Co-Owner of an eSports Company
Sports

Drake Is the New Co-Owner of an eSports Company

A “lifestyle, apparel and eSports” brand.

adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 "Sesame" Gets a Release Date
Footwear

adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 "Sesame" Gets a Release Date

A holiday treat for YEEZY fans.

Nicki Minaj Is Being Sued by Tracy Chapman Over "Sorry"
Music

Nicki Minaj Is Being Sued by Tracy Chapman Over "Sorry"

Legal troubles for the ‘Queen’ star.


Here's the English Trailer for 'Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us'
Entertainment

Here's the English Trailer for 'Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us'

An alternate retelling of “Pokémon the Movie: 2000.”

NAO & 6LACK Unite for 'Saturn' Single "If You Ever"
Music

NAO & 6LACK Unite for 'Saturn' Single "If You Ever"

Her new LP is just days away.

Brain Dead x Converse Prepare Mismatched Clothing Collaboration
Fashion

Brain Dead x Converse Prepare Mismatched Clothing Collaboration

Complementing the mismatched Chuck Taylor sneakers.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.