Wednesday, August 5, 2015

MOCA Is Throwing a Pool Party on Friday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM

click to enlarge If you don't think a pool party is art, you probably haven't been to the right pool parties. - COURTESY OF MOCA TUCSON
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  • If you don't think a pool party is art, you probably haven't been to the right pool parties.

In case you still didn't know, Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art is housing some really cool repurposed dumpster pools in its Great Hall this summer. As interim director Samuel Ireland said in a previous interview with the Tucson Weekly, the mobile pools at MOCA are more than just a place to swim. 
“It’s great to get into the pools but the goal is more than that,” Ireland says. “We want to showcase to locals that MOCA provides a place to gather and share ideas for artists.”
On Friday, August 7, the mission to bring together and showcase local talent will coalesce into a special pop-up pool party event. With food, live music, video games, on-site screen printing and more, the event will make for a great opportunity to rub elbows with other art-types in town in a super casual setting.

The event, which is presented by local designer Patrick Foley, will also mark the end of Foley's Carne and Queso line with one last release, while celebrating the launch of his new brand Error 404. The new brand will be showcasing a small collection alongside limited run clothes from Vista Skate Co. and Raw Dog Clothing. Live performances from Headlock and Get a Grip will provide a thrashy, shreddy backdrop for the event, and crispy, crunchy fresh arepas from the Ricuras de Venezuela truck will keep crowds fed.

While the party itself is free for all to attend, the pools are, as always, for MOCA members only. Memberships to the museum are as low as $4 per month for individuals (for an annual membership) and come with perks ranging from access to new exhibits to the use of those awesome converted dumpster pools. You can learn how to become a member by visiting the MOCA website.

For more on the formation of the mobile pool concept itself, check out MOCA curator Jocko Weyland's interview with Vice regarding his new book Danny's Lot.

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