The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is a contemporary art museum with three locations in greater Los Angeles, California. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, near Walt Disney Concert Hall. MOCA's original space, initially intended as a "temporary" exhibit space while the main facility was built, is now known as the Geffen Contemporary, in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. The Pacific Design Center facility is in West Hollywood.

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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • ​This newly commissioned work by Rafa Esparza is an ambitious, three-part performance at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Esparza’s point of departure is a meditation on bridges and bodies of water as sites of connection and healing, division and risk. The artist’s performance responds to personal, familial histories of immigration into the United States and the deeply complex history of downtown ...

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  • ​Adrián Villar Rojas’s The Theater of Disappearance offers an opportunity to reflect on the unstable era we inhabit and our role as a planetary geological force. Environmental historian and science writer Jon Christensen is a cofounder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, where he investigates how to tell stories,...

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  • MOCA presents Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, a site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) has built a singular practice by creating environments and objects that seem to be in search of their place in time. Villar Rojas’s interventions beckon viewers to consider fragments that exist in a slippe...

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  • Tala Madani is a Los Angeles based painter whose work is characterized by her command of luminosity, color, and her expressive brushwork. Her work is cartoonish, and renders scenes of bald middle-aged men in absurd, often perverse scenarios.

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • SCREEN: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th iteration of Day With(out) Art, an international day of action and mourning organized by Visual AIDS in response to the AIDS crisis. This video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thoma...

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  • ​Photographer Deana Lawson creates arresting portraits of perfect strangers. By representing the Black body both intimately and frontally, Lawson makes images that conjure narrative in a truly distinct visual style. With a practice centered on documentation of the familial, human sexuality, and the life cycle itself, Lawson offers some of her own insights into Marshall’s work and representations o...

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  • Originally performed by Anna Maria Maiolino in 1981, Entrevidas was a literal manifestation of the expression “to walk on eggshells.” The artist covered the ground with dozens of chicken eggs, scattering them in the street, which she then had to navigate. To mark the opening of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, MOCA will represents this work as part of a special performance in c...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Originally performed by Anna Maria Maiolino in 1981, Entrevidas was a literal manifestation of the expression “to walk on eggshells.” The artist covered the ground with dozens of chicken eggs, scattering them in the street, which she then had to navigate. To mark the opening of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, MOCA represents this work as part of a special performance in conjun...

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  • ​Simon Doonan is a celebrated window dresser, cultural critic, author, and creative ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York. In the early 1980s, Doonan collaborated with artist Mundo Meza (1955–85) on window displays at West Hollywood boutiques including Maxfield Bleu. Juxtaposing glamorous and shocking elements, the playful and surreal displays were provocative and titillating. In conjunction wi...

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  • Art historian Elena Shtromberg specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American visual culture, with a specific focus on Brazil and the U.S.-Mexico border region. She is the author of Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (2016), which maps the varied artistic practices in Brazil during the most repressive years of its military dictatorship. Shtromberg discuses the work of Anna Maria Maiolino, as...

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  • A key figure in Southern California’s postwar “post-pottery” ceramics movement, Peter Shire rose to prominence as a member of the Milan-based design collective Memphis and is perhaps best known for his signature brightly colored, splatter-painted mugs and handcrafted earthenware. Shire and MOCA Assistant Curator Anna Katz will discuss the artist’s practice on the occasion of Peter Shire: Naked Is ...

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  • Kerry James Marshall discusses visual culture and how representation in art can psychologically shape a viewer as a consumer of images from the early stages of development through adulthood. Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, Marshall’s first major retrospective in the United States, contains nearly 80 paintings, all of which contain images of Black subjects going about their daily business, presented...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • In his studio in Chicago, Kerry James Marshall discusses the inevitability of change in audience reception, technology, and his art's ability to act as a tool of visual communication. Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, Marshall’s first major retrospective in the United States, contains nearly 80 paintings, all of which contain images of Black subjects going about their daily business, presented with ...

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  • Analia Saban is a Los Angeles–based painter who seeks to reconfigure traditional notions of the medium, often using paint itself as the subject. Saban uses new technologies and unconventional methods such as unweaving paintings, laser-burning wood and canvas, and molding acrylic paint forms. Saban will discuss the work of Anna Maria Maiolino through the lens of their shared affinity for material a...

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  • ​Art historian Anna Chave has written extensively about gender, feminism, and the reception and interpretation of art in the 20th century. Author of the instrumental essay “Minimalism and the Rhetoric of Power,” Chave has studied the contours and implications of Minimalism in depth, from how it reached its height during a time of global political unrest in the 1960s, to the men who represented it:...

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  • A FULL SPECTRUM looks at the way artists map space. This video program points to the book postcolonial space(s), edited by G. B. Nalbantoglu and C. T. Wong, which begins “[The term postcolonial space] conveys both a negative moment that displays and displaces binary constructions and fixed categories and a positive one of a promise of becoming for new languages, new subject positions, and new mode...

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  • Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall and MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth engage in conversation on the occasion of Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, Marshall’s first major retrospective in the United States. As a young artist, Marshall decided to paint only Black figures, unequivocally pursuing Black beauty in an attempt to infiltrate the traditionally white space of the museum. Marshall and ...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is his first major retrospective in the United States, and includes nearly 80 paintings, all of which contain images of Black subjects going about their daily business, presented with utter equality and humanity. A deeply accomplished artist, who makes ravishing paintings, Marshall’s strategy was three fold. First, as a young artist he decided to paint only black figur...

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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • ​MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall leads a walkthrough of Patrick Staff: Weed Killer. Staff’s immersive, MOCA-commissioned video installation takes the effects of chemotherapy as its central subject, mixing choreographic gestures shot with high-definition thermal imaging and a performance of a monologue adapted from artist-writer Catherine Lord’s memoir, The Summer of Her Baldness (2004).

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  • ​Composers Michael Pisaro and Sara Roberts present a joint concert of The Dog Star Orchestra and The Readers Chorus. This program of manifestos for readers and experimental harmonies for singers, inspired by Fluxus composer James Tenney’s Valentine Manifesto, will use texts drawn from artists’ statements and orchestrated by members of Los Angeles’s experimental music community. The Dog Star Orches...

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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Arthur Jafa’s documentary Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014) asks what it means to be Black in 21st-century America. Interviewing Black specialists and uncommon folks about what they think—and more importantly, what they know—Jafa captures a stream of the Black consciousness and a kaleidoscopic glimpse at Black American life. Following the screening, Jafa has a conversation with and Saidiya Hartm...

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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Greg Tate has been a leading voice on contemporary Black music, art, literature, film, and politics since launching his career at the Village Voice in the early 1980s. Through his signature mix of vernacular poetics and cultural criticism, Tate elucidates how race, gender, and class shape popular culture and why visionary Black aesthetics, philosophies, and politics help define 21st-century Americ...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Kerry James Marshall discusses visual culture and how representation in art can psychologically shape a viewer as a consumer of images from the early stages of development through adulthood. Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, Marshall’s first major retrospective in the United States, contains nearly 80 paintings, all of which contain images of Black subjects going about their daily business, presented...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • ​Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the 2016 National Book Award. This collection of poems is a meditation on the cultural depiction of women in the African diaspora. Coste Lewis considers the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self, juxtaposing actual events with research into the representation of Black female figures through-out art histor...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • In his studio in Chicago, Kerry James Marshall discusses the inevitability of change in audience reception, technology, and his art's ability to act as a tool of visual communication. Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, Marshall’s first major retrospective in the United States, contains nearly 80 paintings, all of which contain images of Black subjects going about their daily business, presented with ...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • For Harryette Mullen, poet and a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, language expresses human diversity. Born in Alabama and raised in Texas, she reflects, “I think my childhood experience left me sensitive to the articulation of difference in language. I could see how language was used to assert, claim, and contest identity, especially for people with few other mean...

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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Arthur Jafa and Helen Molesworth discuss Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, the West Coast premiere of the artist, director, and award-winning cinematographer’s new video. Set to Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track “Ultralight Beam,” the video traces African-American identity through a vast spectrum of contemporary imagery. Jafa and Molesworth address the expansive and ...

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