MOCA annual ‘Teen Night’ showcases 18 artists’ pieces

Chronicle Staff

Lauren Maldonado ’08 walked into the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, passed the Takashi Murakami exhibit and quickly rushed into the exhibit room where the drawings, paintings and photos of 18 Harvard-Westlake students were being exhibited as part of MOCA’s annual Teen Night on Feb. 2.

The theme for this student art exhibition was “eye candy” to reflect Murakami’s artwork.

Rebecca Gotlieb ’08, Charlie Hartwick ’08, Keeley Jacobs ’08, Katie MacDonald ’08, Lauren Maldonado ’08, Rochelle Osei-Tutu ’08, Lauren Schleimer ’08, Maya Spitzer ’08, Madeleine Witenberg ’08, Caroline Cuse ’09, David Berry ’09, Gillian Berry ’09, Courtney Hazy ’10, Cheryl Ikegami ’10, Emma Sczudlo ’10 and Xochi Maberry-Gaulke ’11 also had their art exhibited after hearing about this student exhibition from their art teachers.

Though the exhibition was on the same night as semiformal, Maldonado “had a blast” at the exhibit and even students who weren’t exhibiting artwork opted to visit.

Student artists from various Los Angeles area high schools were present to exhibit their work and meet and greet other teen artists.

“It was pretty cool to see how excited all of my friends were to see their art up on the walls,” Gotlieb said. “It was fun just seeing all of these different kids, some in weird costumes, all dancing and just having a good time.”

Free refreshments were provided including Sprinkles cupcakes and candy. A variety of bands contributed to the “artsy” atmosphere, as Gotlieb described it.

“When I first walked in and saw the Murakami exhibit, and then I saw that my art was hanging in the room next door, well, that was a pretty cool feeling,” Maldonado said about seeing her senior self- portrait hanging on the MOCA walls.