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A Look Behind James Franco’s Latest Passion Project: REBEL

A Look Behind James Franco's Latest Passion Project: REBEL

Multi-hyphenate extroardinaire James Franco’s latest venture is an art-film crossover exhibition titled REBEL, which will be running at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition, inspired by the 1955 film Rebel without a Cause, features collaborations with artists including Paul and Damon McCarthy, Aaron Young, Harmony Korine, Ed Ruscha, Terry Richardson and Douglas Gordon.

In advance of the show, offers a two-part “exposé” by Matt Black that goes behind the scenes of the exhibition.

You can check out both parts right here on Indiewire.

Part One:

Inside Rebel: Part One from Matt Black on

Part Two:

Inside Rebel: Part Two from Matt Black on

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Its interesting, though, because I went to the exhibit and attempted to sit through the entirety of every single video and just found the whole thing very boring. The Los Angeles Times review sums it up pretty well and people I've talked to who work at MOCA (the museum curating Rebel) thought it was boring as well. It was just pretty stupid and trying far too hard to be "unconventional" and "provocative" and "different" when it was really just quite boring and typical. I enjoyed the long walk from the exhibit to the hollywood/vine subway station more than I enjoyed the exhibit itself.


If I understand "Rebel," this is a postmodern pastiche of the film "Rebel without a Cause," with an emphasis on the word "postmodern"; extracting elements from the film and turning it into multi-media artwork: photography, set designer, film, painting, etc.

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