You'll see Jocko and his ilk popping up in various guises here
and on LATDA collateral (should you choose to become a
member). It was decided early that the generically named
Jocko should become the frontman for LATDA. Why? Because
everybody loves monkeys (we were told), and this is a
museum that needs to be loved... for survival.
Even in the face of criticism that argues that simian
imagery undercuts what should be a staid museum image,
Jocko gamely continues to help us monkey with the
process of imagining what LATDA should be.
On the eve of another LATDA milestone (the mounting
of a major exhibition that will have broad appeal
as well as sub-culture support... a show that hits cutting
edge notes along with some history-tinged ones...
a show overflowing with gorgeous kokeshi (wait...you don't
know what kokeshi are? HINT: they are the "d" in LATDA), we
apologize for not imagining LATDA as a stuffy hall filled
with dinosaurs. No, thanks to Jocko's hard work,
KOKESHI: FROM FOLK ART TO ART TOY gIves LATDA a
home, if only for 3 months, in two museum galleries
packed with... glorious, crazy, beautiful obsession.