In celebration of the advent of dazzle camouflage during World War I, MOCA Tucson presents an expansive, museum-wide exhibition exploring the influence dazzle camouflage has had over designers, artists, and musicians of the past one hundred years. Invented by British artist Norman Wilkinson in 1917, dazzle camouflage has heavily influenced popular culture in recent decades. From the release of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s 1983 concept album “Dazzle Ships” in collaboration with designer and Factory Records co-Founder Peter Saville to 1980s Italian design and architecture studio Memphis; from wartime “Dazzle Balls” to Op Art and Pop Art; from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse to contemporary artists working today across the globe; dazzle camouflage has become one of the most highly-appropriated and widely-recognized design tropes. The exhibition raises awareness of this important style of painting and design while presenting new, site-specific work created by contemporary artists Natalie Lanese and Miho Shimizu informed by dazzle camouflage. “Dazzled” includes a special solo presentation by Memphis founding member Peter Shire, as well as an immersive OMD “Dazzle Ships” installation in MOCA Tucson’s Great Hall with interactive video and sound components. Tucson’s own KXCI will create a playlist and listening lounge on site to accompany the exhibition.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 19th , with a VIP “Meet and Greet”, cocktail reception, and dialogue between OMD and KXCI’s Elva de la Torre.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
5:00pm: Cocktails and OMD “Meet and Greet” (VIP EVENT, TICKETS REQUIRED)
5:30pm: Dialogue between OMD and KXCI’s Elva de la Torre (VIP EVENT, TICKETS REQUIRED)
7:00pm: MOCA Members’ Preview
8:00pm: Public Reception
Individual tickets and discounted combo tickets for the VIP event at MOCA Tucson on January 19 and the full concert at the Rialto on January 22 are available. Individual tickets for MOCA are $75 and include an open bar from 5:00pm-7:00pm on the 19th. Tickets and more information: HERE
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
8:00pm: OMD concert at The Rialto Theatre
Tickets go on sale October 26th, Tickets and more information: HERE
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) was founded by teenage pals Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, who have retained their friendship over an impressive career spanning four decades. Their debut single, “Electricity” was released on Factory Records in 1979, and 1983’s “Dazzle Ships” is now regarded as an experimental classic. The group has appeared a staggering twenty-nine times on “Top of the Pops”. Most recently OMD performed in front of 35,000 people at the Rewind Festival, as well as a series of performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in celebration of their 40th Anniversary. These electronic pioneers are equal parts conceptual art project as they are pop stars. Andy McCluskey says “electronic music is our language…we took alternative music into the front rooms of every house in Britain”. During their career OMD have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, all while remaining uncompromising and unwaveringly innovative. OMD is coming to Tucson for the first time in over 30 years to play a special concert to celebrate the opening of “Dazzled” at MOCA Tucson; the performance at The Rialto Theatre will include several songs from “Dazzle Ships” that have never before been played in the US, including a “semaphore performance” of the seminal song, “ABC Auto Industry”.