Tuesday, 29 May 2012

James Franco x Rebel Without A Cause x MOCA

James Franco's "Rebel" exhibition, currently running at MOCA Los Angeles, is an homage to the 1955 cult classic "Rebel Without A Cause" starring cultural icon, heartthrob and 50s style trailblazer James Dean.

The display, sponsored by Gucci (Franco is the face of the brand, go figure), is conceived by the actor/writer/artist himself, and embraces and explores the key themes and events of the original film and its pioneering impact on Hollyweird - reinterpreting the film's main scenes which were fuelled by teen-angst; and also exploring the overall allure of the hipster rebels of the 50s, all presented for a modern day Hollyweird-fascinated audience.
The project includes video installations, photography, paintings and sculpture by artists including Terry Richardson, Aaron Young, Paul and Damon McCarthy and Franco himself - all presented inside an iconic Hollywood structure - a replica of the famed Chateau Marmont, the hideout hotel for all of the late great Tinseltown legends. 
James Dean is said to have hopped through a window in the hotel to audition with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo for "Rebel Without a Cause."

All Images © MOCA / Christopher Wright

In this exclusive two-part 
exposé from filmmaker Matt Black, "Inside Rebel", NOWNESS goes behind-the-scenes of the exhibition, and chats to Black about Franco's inspirations and his relationship with the artists involved in the project. 
Part Two of this film goes live today at 1pm EST / 6pm GMT on NOWNESS.com.
If you're heading out to LA soon, "Rebel" runs at MOCA until June 23. For more info, head HERE.

James Dean "Rebel Without A Cause" - Image © Warner Bros


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