In 1986, Michael J. Masucci created the West Hollywood Sign and as a result was named Co-Artistic Director. He greatly expanded the programming to include more and more live performance art and interactive projects. He reached out to the greater arts community and served as a member of the Board of Directors for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, AVAZ International Dance Theater, and served on the Arts Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Free Clinic.
Created by Michael J. Masucci, this West Hollywood sign became a city landmark and tourist attraction, 1986
A Madonna impressionist posing by the West Hollywood Sign during the unveiling event, 1986
In 1988, John Dorr began a three-year collaboration with Lewis Macadams, producing the 26-part documentary series of leading writers called “The Lannon Literary Series”. These were included in library collections across the U.S. and were screened on various TV outlets.
Active participation from EZTV’s core group members diversified the exhibitions, so no one curatorial voice overpowered the programming. James Williams introduced controversial wall art. Michael J. Masucci expanded the focus of EZTV and encouraged the exhibition of computer based arts. He, along with artists such as Victor Acevedo and ia Kamandalu, hosted many showings of digital art - something rare at the time.
A compilation of outrageous and sometimes controversial live performances at EZTV between the years 1986 thru 1994. Included in this compilation are:
Performance artists Kari French & Bliss O'Rama
John Fleck riding on a bus between EZTV and Downtown LA
Victoria Looseleaf, Mark Gash, and Frank More
Writers Wanda Coleman & Harlan Ellison
Nina Barlow & Michael J. Masucci
Tomato du Plenty
Dan Chapman & Michael J. Masucci
Lewis Macadams & John Dorr