James Franco to Curate Major Art Exhibition Inspired by James Dean


James Franco’s exhibition Rebel — inspired by the late actor James Dean’s film Rebel Without a Cause — is being presented by MOCA and has found a home at Hollywood furniture dealer Joel Chen’s space. The LA Times shared that the exhibition — which runs from May 15 to June 23 — will include work from notables like director Harmony Korine, Paul McCarthy and his son Damon, Douglas Gordon, Terry Richardson, Ed Ruscha, and Aaron Young. The show will examine themes of the angsty teenager film classic, which was released in 1955. Initially, Franco’s project was going to open during the Venice Biennial, but it was “shelved.” Several of the works are short films where Franco steps into Dean’s famous film role and explores “ludicrous abstractions of events that were rumored to have happened during the making of [the movie.]” Photos, paintings, drawings, and other installation works will also appear. Will you check it out?