Miranda July
Miranda July; one of her outdoor sculptures

We have a girl crush on multimedia artist Miranda July. The Silverlake resident has published books, won prizes at the Cannes and Sundance film fests for her debut feature and generally lives the kind of life we dreamed about before we had a mortgage.

And this month, she's got two big events in town, each reflecting "a pulsing emotional center...desperate to bring people together" as the New York Times Magazine opined in a recent profile.

First, there's a sculpture show at the MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Set on a rolling lawn, Eleven Heavy Things comprises fiberglass podiums and panels made for the viewer to stand on or pose with; these high-art versions of fun-house tableaux are perfect for photo ops.

Second, July's new film The Future screens in Los Angeles this weekend. It's the story of a timid Angeleno couple who shake up their mundane lives by quitting their jobs, devoting themselves to artistic pursuits and adopting a cat, who narrates the film.

July's unique vision polarizes viewers; love or loathe her work, it's sure to be on everyone's lips this summer.

MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 213-626-6222 or www.moca.org

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