This week, I attended Franco’s latest creative endeavor with MOCA-a multimedia art exhibit called “Rebel,” which draws upon the final movie of the late James Dean. Basically, each instillation (videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and even famous Hollywood landmarks) was based upon one of the many themes of the iconic film. There were also pieces of art derived from little-known Hollywood stories associated with the movie. One short film in particular focused on the affair between Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper, which Franco became privy to from Hopper before his death.
This unconventional showing succeeded in putting a fresh spin on interpreting this long discussed drama. Franco himself, who seemed to be keen on watching onlookers take in his project as he hovered around the space, was adamant in not creating a simple ode to Rebel Without a Cause. He also mentioned that he didn’t have an obsession with the film, as he is asked that quite frequently.
On a lighter note, guests were served some tasty GREY GOOSE cocktails, and one of my faves was the Cherry Noir Cherry Collins. This is going into my summer drink rotation. Here is how you make it: 2 parts GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir, 3/4 parts fresh lemon juice, 3/4 parts simple syrup, and a splash of club soda. And voila! A delish poolside drink!
James Franco’s “Rebel” runs through June 23rd at JF Chen. Admission is free.