by Yasha Wallin
While it's becoming more common for the work of fashion designers to be featured in the rooms of major art museums, the aim of Hedi Slimane's upcoming show, California Song, at MOCA's Pacific Design Center is to celebrate the former Dior Homme designer's other passion, photography.
Opening November 12, the two-floor exhibition will feature the French photographer's portraits of California's youth culture. Through his use of black and white film, Slimane reveals a less romanticized vision of the Golden State, capturing the honest, complex mood of his subjects—brooding yet idealistic, casual yet sincere, engaged yet restless.
Portraits, publications and ephemera will be on display on the first floor, and on the second, a motion-photography installation that will include live performances by local bands like No Age. Slimane, you'll recall, is fascinated with rock musicians and concert culture—the sweat, the ritual, the idolatry—and you'll get a lot of it in this show.