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Blues for Smoke

Courtesy MOCA
Late Night Reflections, 1972, Alma Woodsey Thomas

If your idea of the blues is discovering there's a 90-minute wait at Daikokuya, take an afternoon to discover the musical genre that began in the 50's and has since influenced nearly every area of art and culture. Blues for Smoke examines cultural and artistic crossovers of contemporary art, music, literature and film with blues. Works from more than 50 artists including Richard Pryor, Duke Ellington, Azealia Banks and Jean-Michael Basquiat will be featured, along with interactive audio or video components. The exhibit covers a sprawling 24,000 square feet at the warehouse-like Geffen Contemporary. By the time you walk through it, your ramen will be ready.