The Museum of Contemporary Art@moca

With two locations in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art presents exhibitions and programs that highlight the art and ideas of our time.

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Happy Birthday, #YayoiKusama! Born #OTD in 1929, Kusama is one of the most beloved artists in the world. Kusama’s sculpture Pumpkin Chess (2003) is part of MOCA’s collection. #fromthearchive
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[Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Chess, 2003, Hand-painted porcelain, leather and wood, Pumpkin closed: 26 x 46 in. (66.04 x 116.84 cm) Other (2 cushions): 6 1/2 x 11 x 11 in. (16.51 x 27.94 x 27.94 cm, Each (Chess pawns, 8 yellow and 8 red): 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.35 cm, 5.08 ft.)]


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Laura Owens and Zoe Leonard’s exhibitions at MOCA Geffen close March 25; in a special double program on March 24 at 3pm, MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson will lead a final walkthrough of both Zoe Leonard: Survey and Laura Owens at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Come see the exhibitions on the last weekend they are open to the public and enjoy curatorial insights about each of these incredible artists and their work of the last twenty years. Swipe up on our 3/24 highlighted program for more details!
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[Installation view of Laura Owens, November 11, 2018–March 25, 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of the artist, photo by Annik Wetter], [Installation view of Zoe Leonard: Survey, November 11, 2018–March 25, 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest]


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Joseph Kosuth’s etched aluminum work ‘215 Twice (+216., After Augustine's Confessions)' (1990) consists of a small square aluminum panel, fitted into the corner of a larger square aluminum panel. The sentences that are etched into each panel probe a philosophical puzzle regarding what makes one thing in the world identical to another. The quotations make reference to German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's text Philosophical Investigations. This work is currently on view at MOCA Grand in our permanent collection galleries!
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[Joseph Kosuth, '215 Twice (+216., After Augustine's Confessions)', 1990, Etched aluminum, in two parts, 60 1/2 x 60 1/2 in., 137 lb. (153.67 x 153.67 cm, 62.1 kg), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Gift of the Robert and Mary M. Looker Collection]


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An #archival photo of artist Keith Sonnier’s 1969 sculpture Neon and Scoop Lights, installed at MOCA Geffen. Sonnier is well known for his use of neon lights in his work. #fromthearchive [Keith Sonnier, Neon and Scoop Lights, 1969, Mixed media, Installed approx.: 90 × 268 × 95 in. (228.6 × 680.72 × 241.3 cm)]


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The exhibitions Laura Owens and Zoe Leonard: Survey, currently on view at MOCA Geffen, close a week from today on March 25! On March 24 at 3pm, catch an exhibition walkthrough of both shows by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson. Admission to Geffen is FREE Thursdays after 5pm, and all day Saturdays and Sundays.
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[Installation view of Laura Owens, November 11, 2018–March 25, 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of the artist, photo by Annik Wetter], [Installation view of Zoe Leonard: Survey, November 11, 2018–March 25, 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest]


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Gotscho: “Ultimately I'm trying to talk about this world by removing that which is essential, by which I mean people-us. So even though these things have such a large presence in my work, I'm not actually talking about the fashion, the furniture, the décor. I use these things as my vocabulary to talk about us” #fromthearchive [Gotscho, Pregnant, 1993, Louis XIV chair, gilded wood and velvet, 36 1/2 x 23 x 22 in. (92.71 x 58.42 x 55.88 cm)]


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April 14 at MOCA Grand: in the first time in the museum’s history, MOCA invites Los Angeles-based artists to organize exhibitions drawn from the museum’s extensive collection of objects in an ongoing series of exhibitions titled Open House. The artists selected will work together with MOCA curators to explore how the museum’s permanent collection can continue to serve, educate, inform, represent, and delight the diverse and extensive community of artists in Southern California. MOCA will begin this new exhibition series with Open House: Elliott Hundley. Multimedia artist Elliott Hundley will explore the architecture and origins of collage, exploring how the visual and material logic of this technique has informed artists in MOCA’s collection, as well as his own practice.
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[Jose M. Fors, Los Retratos III, 2001, toned gelatin silver prints in wood frame, 57 x 76 3/4 in. (144.78 x 194.95 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Gift of the artist and Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles]


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#RP from @cmonstah–click the link in our bio to read the piece she wrote in the @LATimes discussing #ArataIsozaki winning the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the architectural history of MOCA Grand, and @KlausBiesenbach’s plans for the building.
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@cmonstah: “In the wake of Arata Isozaki’s Pritzker win, I give @moca Grand Avenue building a thorough going over at a time in which director Klaus Biesenbach is doing much the same—working to restore the pyramidal skylights to their original clear states. ‘MOCA Grand offers an interesting case study in Postmodernism (and a wild lesson in L.A. development history). It also serves as a somewhat curious architectural anomaly: A structure of unfinished sandstone in a commercial development composed largely of gleaming glass and polished granite. A building that sinks down instead of towering up. A little bit of wry Postmodernism in a buttoned-up late Modern complex that feels like someone slipped an asymmetrical, geometric-print shirt from the ‘80s underneath a beige, double-breasted suit.’”


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Sunday, March 17 at 3pm: artist #RodrigoValenzuela will lead a walkthrough of #ZoeLeonard’s exhibition at MOCA Geffen! Swipe up on our 3/17 highlighted story for more info.
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Valenzuela works across photography, video, and installation to address the lived experiences of undocumented immigrants and laborers. Using autobiographical threads to address universal subjects, Valenzuela constructs scenes that point to the tensions found between the individual and larger sociopolitical backdrop. The artist will from these sequences to describe aspects of Leonard’s various bodies of work on view.
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[Rodrigo Valenzuela. Photo by Robert Wade.]


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The exhibitions #LauraOwens and #ZoeLeonard: Survey at MOCA Geffen close March 25! There are two more FREE weekends at MOCA Geffen before the end of these shows.
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[Installation view of Laura Owens, November 11, 2018–March 25, 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, courtesy of the artist, photo by Annik Wetter]


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This Thursday (March 14), 7pm at MOCA Grand: @LAFilmforum presents a screening of #BabetteMangolte’s film The Sky on Location in 16mm! The screening will be followed by a q&a with the artist. Swipe up on our 3/14 story for more details.
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In the words of Mangolte, “the idea for the film came while I was traveling in 1975 on buses roaming the West. Often spending a night on the bus, I was leaving a sunset in Arizona and waking up by sunrise in Wyoming. I noticed that the color of the sky changed from North to South, and that color shift was what I tried to capture.” Mangolte’s film constructs a geography through color while exploring ideas of wilderness unknown to her in her native France.
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[Babette Mangolte, The Sky on Location (still), 1982, 16mm film, color, 78 min.]


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One Day at a Time: #MannyFarber and Termite Art at MOCA Grand closes 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝟲𝗽𝗺.
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[Installation view of One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art, October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Zak Kelley]


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