Dream Installation

L.A. takes a trip to urs fischer's moca retrospective


Harry Brant, Stephanie Seymour, and Peter Brant   
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It seemed fitting that the opening of Swiss artist Urs Fischer's first comprehensive museum retrospective was held on the marijuana-friendly 4/20. From the confetti to the USC marching band—not to mention scantily clad hula girls, check-in staff dressed as Albert Einstein, and baby goats—guests may have easily mistaken the Museum of Contemporary Art for an alternate reality. Creative director Rob Pruitt purposely picked the night's mismatched theme. And notables like talent agent Ari Emanuel, Gus Van Sant, Peter Brant and wife Stephanie Seymour (who arrived with younger son Harry), and—arguably trippiest of all—Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa all couldn't get enough. "I've been here a lot of times, and this is spectacular. I've never seen anything like it," Villaraigosa told while standing near Fischer's gigantic house-shaped installation made of bread.

After gazing at Fischer's many works, including more food-themed art like an apple, lime, sunny-side-up egg, and pineapple, guests were shuttled from the MOCA Grand Avenue to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. There on display was 20 tons of clay molded into dolphins, human torsos, and myriad other shapes. Fischer crowdsourced 1,500 volunteers to help out with the formations. Later in the night, trumpets blared and men donning knight costumes appeared to escort partygoers to a sit-down dinner and show—complete with tabletop bongs repurposed as vases. Earlier, a cheerful Harry Brant gushed about Fischer's work. "I've known Urs since I was little. And I want to live in his clay fantasy installations," Brant said, tweeting a photo of himself next to a clay monster. Given the night's chimerical leanings, we can't blame him for wanting some tangible evidence of the festivities.

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