Cameron "Black Egg"
At long last, LA's Museum of Contemporary Art has released a bit more information about their upcoming Cameron retrospective. Cameron (née Marjorie Cameron) was an occultist, artist, muse to many including Kenneth Anger, and the wife of Jack Parsons. Though celebrated as an counter-culture fashion icon, she has recently begun to be more widely acknowledged as a magician and creator in her own right. Curtis Harrington's short film featuring her, called Wormwood Star, circulated around the sextuple-u several months back, W magazine did an article on her, and Fulgur released their stunning tome, Songs for the Witch Woman, recently which contains Parsons' poems alongside her illustrations. This exhibition will win many more fans of her artwork no doubt, and I am dizzy with excitement about it myself:
Songs for the Witch Woman
10.11.14 - 01.11.15
MOCA Pacific Design Center
Cameron (1922-1995) was an artist, performer, poet, occult practitioner, and provocateur who lived in Los Angeles after World War II and uniquely bridged the city's flourishing spiritual and art worlds. A pivotal though under-recognized figure, she is closely associated with Beat artists such as Wallace Berman, George Herms, and Dennis Hopper, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, and occultists Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons, her husband for a time. She is best known for her paintings and drawings of human and fantastical figures and had a long career, spending her last years in West Hollywood.
Her artwork appeared in the first issue of Berman's celebrated journal Semina (1955-64) and has also been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Martin-Gropius Bau in Berlin, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 1989. MOCA's exhibition, organized by guest curator Yael Lipschutz, will include approximately 83 artworks and ephemeral artifacts and will be the largest and most comprehensive survey to date.
MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz is coordinating curator.