Now, I’m a bit biased in all of this, for I always take a Walkman (that’s what we had before iPods, kids) to the museum so I can listen to classical music instead of coughs and footsteps echoing through the galleries. I prefer all my senses to be accosted by art, which is the theme of this exhibit: synaesthesia. As this drama queen from my introduction to psychology class would tell you, "I suffer – and am blessed, truly touched by something special – from synaesthesia, which is the experience of one sense evoking another, the perfect marriage of aural and visual senses. I see color, I taste music. What a life!"
Visual Music explores this union of the senses in over 80 works from films to, my personal favorite, "Anthem (The Carny)," which turns a MOCA gallery into a discothèque with club lights, a mirror ball, hazer and lighting desk – yet no sound. Still, like a dog in clothing, there’s just something inherently out-of-place amusing about a disco-ball hanging in the middle of a museum. Thanks to MOCA, and at the chagrin of Drama Queen and her desire to be unique, we can all experience synaesthesia and be "blessed, truly blessed."
MOCA Grand Avenue is located at 250 S. Grand Ave., in Los Angeles, (213) 626-6222. Museum hours: Mon. and Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed Tues. and Wed., Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Price: $8 general admission, $5 students with valid ID, free to all every Thurs. For more information, visit www.moca.org.