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In addition to consistent food and service delivery, it is really our hope that we would be able to use the restaurant as a vehicle to promote both the arts and local community outreach and philanthropy. There are still many details to be worked out to make this all a reality, but as a start we’re looking forward to working with Stoked Organization and hosting some of their events.
Stoked, amongst other things is primarily a mentoring program for the underprivileged communities with an emphasis on action sports. One of their annual fund-raising events is an art auction, which is something we would like to eventually participate in. I also have a soft spot for Stoked because their auction was one of the first places I personally purchased original art instead of a mass produced print. Spend some money on an original piece of art, benefit a cause, And get a tax write-off on your purchase… what’s not to love?! With the number of customers that come through our doors, it seems only natural that we should try and use the foot traffic to our advantage. This program will take shape as we go.
So you may wonder what MOCA has to do with anything. The “Art in the Streets” exhibit is the first museum curated urban art show ever, and naturally a historic event for the urban art industry. Especially for a city such as Los Angeles, whose streets played such an important role in the development of this culture, it just seems like we’re witnessing a changing of the guard in modern art.
Most of us have heard of Banksy, seen Shepard Fairey’s world famous OBEY Andre the Giant icons pasted somewhere around the city, or maybe even stumbled across a random space invader hiding up some building corner, and the reality is that these guys are the Andy Warhols, Keith Harings, and Basquiats of our generation. Try not to miss the show! This is one of those shows you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Don’t forget your student ID, if you still have one, or consider getting a MOCA membership, which is what I did. There are just so many small details to absorb in one visit. I’ve been twice already, and its pretty much paid itself back. The show runs until August 8.
Barry McGee and his crew set up a complete ghetto street installation complete with signage, graffiti, trash, and even life-sized mechanical graffing teens.
To bring everything back to the original question about MOCA’s significance, we hope to feature art from some of the artists who participated in the street art show, as well as up and comers fast following in their footsteps. In our eyes, good food, drink, friends, and all of the design, music, and art that surrounds us, goes hand in hand. Its our hope that California Shabu Shabu can become that local hub for the community, and we’re grateful to MOCA for kickstarting the next generation of contemporary art.