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With three distinct venues—MOCA Grand, MOCA Geffen, and MOCA PDC—MOCA’s exhibitions and programs present forward-thinking art and ideas of our time.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art

Samara Golden: “I view my projects more as materialization problems…. or even as math problems. They are like very long story problems that can only be solved by materializing the elements, and having them engage each other in very specific ways that then create a locked-in ‘answer.’” #fromthearchive [Samara Golden, The Fireplace, 2013, Mixed-media installation with video projection and sound, Installation Size: 15 x 10 x 13.3 ft.]


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This Thursday MOCA presents a screening of short films by William E. Jones, Mike Kelley, Danny Lyon, and Jumana Manna; this program is 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 to the public! Check out our 12/13 highlighted story for more details.
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[William E. Jones, Contraband (still), 2010, courtesy of @davidkordanskygallery]


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The Museum of Contemporary Art

@KlausBiesenbach: “[Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018)] encourages us to engage...It shows us how an artist can create a timeless, unafraid truth.” Barbara Kruger’s mural Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018), along with the exhibitions Laura Owens and Zoe Leonard: Survey, is currently on view at MOCA Geffen! And remember, Geffen is FREE every weekend through March 25. #whoisbeyondthelaw
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[Video courtesy of @ocon.jpg]


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Drawing much of her inspiration from rural architecture of the south, Beverly Buchanan’s house sculptures are each adoringly individualized with idiosyncratic details and origin stories. Buchanan’s piece White Shacks is currently on view at MOCA Grand as a part of One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art.
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[Installation view of Beverly Buchanan’s White Shacks in 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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Now on view at moca.org/SCREEN: Omi Toki, Water is Worthy of Praise, a collaboration between artist @_SamanthaBlake_ and director @NeryMadrid! Swipe up on our SCREEN highlighted story to watch the film.
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Omi Toki, Water is Worthy of Praise begins with the performers, garbed in lavender, using circular mirrors to reflect themselves and their surroundings. In the next movement, each performer views their reflection in a bowl of water, then bathes, facing each other, seated in a circle. A Yorùbá invocation to the orisa (diety) Ọṣun, sung by 83-year-old priest Baba Kosise, fades in to join together with the location sounds and pre-recorded wind and birdcalls from Madrid's home in Inglewood, California. The invocation, translated, reads: "My mother's house is the River / All Powerful / Women that flee for safety habitually visit her."
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Blake Goodman and Madrid write: "Water is the root of everything. When you honor your ancestors, you're working with water, through water. Across the African continent and the African diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, the energy of water is sacred. It is the life force and connection to your ancestors. Omi Toki, Water is Worthy of Praise explores the energy of Ọṣun and Yemọja, honoring female lineage and the intergenerational connectivity between women. This project reflects on the relevance of these traditions in a secular and natural form while acknowledging and linking the aesthetics and rituals to their indigenous African lineage."
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Creative Direction / Movement Direction: Samantha Blake Goodman (@_samanthablake_), Director: Nery Madrid (@NeryMadrid), Photography: Russell Hamilton (@russham), Costumes: Gabrielle Datau (@gabrielledatau, @poche_studio), Performers: Alima Lee (@alima_lee), Ashley Blanchard (@_.ashe.e_), Autumn Randolph (@mmmmylipshurt), Bianca Medina (@siempre_floreciendo), Jahanna Blunt (@jahannablunt), Jazmin Garcia (@buffalotearz), Maria Garcia (@maeamaria), Rachel Hernandez (@rachelhernandezdance), Sasha Rivero (@srivero22), Yasmin Madrid, Vera Passos (@verapassos3)
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SCREEN: SAMANTHA BLAKE GOODMAN & NERY MADRID was organized by Marco Kane Braunschweiler (@braunschweiler).


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Reporting live from #Hollywood we are in FULL holiday spiral 🆘 Check out our annual Gift Guide, which features favs from the @mocastores and a wide range of membership plans! (Link in bio) #GiftArtGiveMOCA


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John Boskovich’s IT Series comprises of thirty-eight matted and framed Polaroid photographs taken in and around the artist’s home. The work’s explicit depictions of sex and recreational drug use are deadpan and pointedly unsensational, a quiet refutation of how quickly the media sought to stigmatize victims of HIV/AIDS. The intimacy of “Last photo taken of dead boyfriend” is offset by the sloganistic aphorism “I have plenty of time today”–this arresting juxtaposition moves between satire and gallows humor. #fromthearchive
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[John Boskovich, IT Series, (Last photo taken of dead boyfriend.), 1992-96, Polaroid photographs and silkscreen, Gift of the artist in memory of Stephan Earabino]


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Now on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center is #KahlilJoseph’s Fly Paper, as a part of MOCA exhibition One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art. Flypaper is on view until February 24, 2019!
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Joseph’s film, inspired by the photography of Roy DeCarava, is a poetic homage to the past and present of Harlem. The soundtrack is alternately of the moment and intergalactic, a palpable force of sound that alters both the space in which the work is exhibited and the body of the viewer watching the film.
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[Kahlil Joseph, Fly Paper (still), 2017, HD video installation, color and black-and-white, sound, approximately 23:17 minutes, courtesy of the artist]


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This Thursday, MOCA Geffen at 7pm! MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson will lead a walkthrough of Zoe Leonard’s exhibition–this program, like all Thursday night programs, is FREE to the public :D Swipe up on our 12/6 highlighted story for more details.
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[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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Nothing quite like Hanukkah on the Pacific :.) Check out MOCA’s annual Gift Guide, which features selections from the @mocastores and a wide range of membership plans! (Link in bio) #GiftArtGiveMOCA
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[Image courtesy of @stunewslaguna]


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#EdwardRuscha: “I wanted to be a sign painter, and it just developed from there. The idea of poetry, a selection of oddities of words, strange or double meanings, became my interest. I began to see that painting words was a real thing, a legitimate subject matter.” #fromthearchive [Edward Ruscha, Faster Than A Speeding Beanstalk, 1986, Acrylic and oil on canvas, Frame (Black painted wood): 79 3/8 x 79 1/4 in. (201.61 x 201.3 cm)Image: 72 3/8 x 72 1/4 in. (183.83 x 183.52 cm)]


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MOCA is deeply saddened by the passing of artist Robert Morris, whose groundbreaking contributions to Minimalism and Conceptual art defined a generation of artmaking. RIP Robert.
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[Image courtesy of Todd Heisler/The @NYTimes]


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