12 Jul
Disco 101 via club replications, photographs & live performances

Los Angeles MOCA has scheduled a quite intriguing exhibit, Fire on the Disco, which will take a discriminating look at disco and its profound impact on music, art, and fashion. The exhibit is being co-curated by LCD Soundsystem ex-front man, DFA Records co-founder and disco/punk music enthusiast James Murphy and MOCA director Jeffery Deitch. Fire on the Disco will include model rooms of famous clubs from around the world like Studio 54, Paradise Garage and the Warehouse, photography and documentation, and of course beaucoup disco-inspired art (no word yet on rooms dedicated to cocaine paraphernalia, key parties, Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder or ludes). Of course an exhibit about disco — a musical cultural movement that made and continues to make a major impact on uniting marginalized groups with the mainstream — wouldn’t be complete without live performances. We know that just over a month ago, both James Murphy and DJ Harvey spun killer sets at Transmission LA: AV Club, held at the MOCA Geffen, and we’re crossing our fingers that both will spin again (all vinyl sets, the real good shit). Under the (somewhat controversial) direction of Deitch, MOCA is not new to inspecting fairly contemporary cultural movements — their Art in the Streets exhibit famously examined the history of street art and invited pioneers to showcase their contributions to the movement that’s been evolving since the 70’s. Not dissimilar to disco. As an aficionado and major figure in modern disco and disco-punk, James Murphy understands the importance of studying the chronology of and educating about a genre that has influenced countless musicians, and subsequently examining the impact it has made on society and altering social taboos. There’s no official date or line-up yet set for Fire on the Disco, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

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