From actor to author, director and now, an exhibition curator; James Franco has portrayed his interest in a variety of fields till date. It is his new art show at the Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art that has attracted the attention of art lovers, artists and other creative individuals from across the globe.
The exhibition Rebel held at the museum is reportedly an interrogative ode to Nicholas Ray's masterpiece Rebel Without A Cause (1955) that has been conceived by Franco.
The exhibition reinterprets the film's legends, the people involved, and its place in the Hollywood film industry. It also showcases the behind-the-scenes footage, in a new, fresh, and unconventional presentation of film, video installation, photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture, housed in and framed by iconic, Hollywood structures.
JustJared reported that the after-party held inside a bungalow at the actual Chateau Marmont was attended by Kiefer Sutherland, Zach Braff, True Blood's Jim Parrack, musician K'naan, Foster the People frontman Mark Foster, and James' Springbreakers co-star Ashley Benson.
According to the LA Times, the film is a homage to Renfro as "a tribute to the modern day rebel". Though Renfro died from a heroin overdose at age 25, he acted with Franco in 2002′s Deuces Wild. Franco will also debut in other films, acting as director Ray himself, says the LA Times in a film that MOCA says showcases "ludicrous abstractions of events that were rumoured to have happened during the making of Ray's Rebel Without a Cause."
In Rebel, the contributions of each artist are combined to capture the spirit of the original film through references to the auto and motorcycle culture of the 1950s, which James Dean was a part of. It also dwelled on other factors like the relationship between Hollywood and the art world, fiction and fact, teenage angst and issues of identity back then, related to identity now and so on.
Catch a glimpse of the after-party images of James Franco's Rebel exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art below: