X | Sex And Dying In High Society
February 13 - March 26, 2016
Curated by BRYAN RAY TURCOTTE
This exhibition is a celebration of the seminal and quintessential Los Angeles punk band X. Formed in 1977 at the dawn of the DIY punk movement in Los Angeles, X was a definitive sound in the first wave of the Los Angeles punk scene. Playing relentlessly, they graced the stages of all the legendary clubs of the times—The Masque, The Hong Kong Café, Cathay de Grande, The Whiskey a Go Go, Club 88, The Starwood, and Madame Wong’s. In 1979 their song Los Angeles was released on the Dangerhouse compilation YES LA and immediately became a city-defining anthem. Thirty-seven years and countless classic songs later, X continues to play shows to devoted fans around the world.
These Days has partnered with author, publisher, archivist, and historian Bryan Ray Turcotte (author of Fucked Up + photo Copied, Punk Is Dead Punk Is Everything, It All Dies Anyway, as well as the main force behind MOCAtv's The Art of Punk series) to create this exhibition made up of rare fliers, original art, and photographs. Gleaned from Turcotte’s vast archives of punk ephemera, they act as a historical document of this group of Angeleno outsiders and their contribution to rebel culture.