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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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  • Kerry James Marshall: The Power of Images
    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...
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  • Robin Coste Lewis
    ​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
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  • Kerry James Marshall: Change is Inevitable
    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
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  • Harryette Mullen
    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...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Arthur Jafa and Helen Molesworth in Conversation
    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 ...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Brandon Brown
    Bay Area poet Brandon Brown, author of The Good Life and Top 40. Brown is an editor at Krupskaya, and his writing has appeared in Art in America, Open Space, Art Practical, Fanzine, and Best American Experimental Writing 2016. This reading is part of a series presented in conjunction with the exhibition storefront: THIS KNOWN WORLD: Spontaneous Particulars of the Poetic Research Bureau.
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Sesshu Foster and Arturo Romo
    Winner of two American Book Awards, Sesshu Foster is the author of Atomik Aztex and World Ball Notebook. He is currently collaborating on a novel, The East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines, a History, with Arturo Romo, whose collaborative mixed-media works and drawings explore fluency, agency, and folly. These readings are part of a series presented in conjunction with the exhibition stor...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Process: Michèle Lamy
    MOCA presents Rick Owens: Furniture, an exhibition of work by renowned Paris-based fashion and furniture designer Rick Owens. The exhibition includes recent furniture, a new group of large-scale sculptures, and videos by Owens, alongside a selection of works by the late artist and musician Steven Parrino. Best known for the iconic, eponymous clothing label he started in Los Angeles in 1994, Owens ...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Kerry James Marshall and Helen Molesworth in Conversation
    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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  • Process: Kerry James Marshall
    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...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Artists on Artists: Lari Pittman on Kerry James Marshall
    Los Angeles–based artist Lari Pittman is known for exquisite, meticulously layered paintings that play with diverse visual idioms culled from art history, folk culture, decorative traditions, and advertising. He approaches those realms democratically and non-hierarchically, with disregard for the binaries of high and low, masculine and feminine, and center and margin. Pittman discusses Kerry James...
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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • R. H. Quaytman, Morning: Chapter 30
    MOCA presents R. H. Quaytman, Morning: Chapter 30, the first major museum survey of work by New York–based artist R. H. Quaytman, organized by MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson. Consisting primarily of oil painting and silkscreen on precisely constructed wood panels, Quaytman’s expansive and ongoing project is organized into site-specific exhibitions that she calls “chapters.” Since 2001, Quaytm...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Doug Aitken: Electric Earth
    Doug Aitken’s first North American survey is organized as a full collaboration and dialogue with the artist. From his breakthrough installation diamond sea (1997) to his most recent event-based work Black Mirror (2011), the exhibition unfolds around the major moving-image installations that articulate his thematic interest in environmental and post-industrial decay, urban abandonment, and the exha...
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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?
    MOCA presents Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?, an exhibition of new and recent work by New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas. For this exhibition, Thomas has created a group of silkscreened portraits to be featured alongside an installation inspired by 1970s domestic interiors, and a two-channel video that weaves together a chorus of black female performers, past and present, including s...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Doug Aitken Underwater Pavilions
    Underwater Pavilions is Aitken’s most recent large-scale installation. It consists of three temporary underwater sculptures floating beneath the ocean’s surface off of Catalina Island, which is located 22 miles from Los Angeles. Geometric in design, the sculptures create spaces that can be experienced by swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Part of each sculpture is mirrored to reflect the under...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • R. H. Quaytman and Bennett Simpson in Conversation
    R. H. Quaytman and Bennett Simpson in Conversation Sunday, October 16, 2016 ​ MOCA Senior Curator Bennett Simpson speaks with artist R. H. Quaytman on the occasion of R. H. Quaytman, Morning: Chapter 30, the first major Los Angeles presentation of work by the New York–based artist. Simpson and Quaytman will discuss Quaytman’s signature attention to the intersection of craft, life, and a vast netw...
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  • The Idea of Architecture with Sharon Johnston, Michael Maltzan, and François Perrin
    The Idea of Architecture Thursday, October 13, 2016 The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in conjunction with Doug Aitken: Electric Earth The Idea of Architecture includes Sharon Johnston, Michael Maltzan, and François Perrin, moderated by Doug Aitken. Johnston maintains a deep commitment to architecture history, while collaborating with an extensive network of contemporary artists, graphic designers, ...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Poetry Reading: Harmony Holiday
    Poetry Reading: Harmony Holiday Sunday, October 30, 2016 MOCA Grand Avenue in conjunction with Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? A reading by poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday. Holiday is the author of Negro League Baseball (Fence Books, 2011), Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever (Fence Books, 2016). She also curates the Afrosonics archive of j...
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  • Mickalene Thomas and Rebecca Matalon in Conversation
    Mickalene Thomas and Rebecca Matalon in Conversation Sunday, October 16, 2016 ​New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas and MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Matalon engage in conversation on the occasion of Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? This exhibition of new and recent work expands upon Thomas’s investigations of gender, race, sexuality, and desire, while also highlighting her use of f...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Doug Aitken & Philippe Vergne in Conversation
    ​Artist Doug Aitken and MOCA Director Philippe Vergne engage in conversation on the occasion of the opening of Doug Aitken: Electric Earth. Aitken’s largest survey to date, the exhibition is organized as a full collaboration with the LA-based artist and his studio. Aitken and Vergne will discuss Aitken’s uniquely immersive aesthetic; the work’s relationship to 20th-century avant-garde art, cinema,...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words
    Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words is a short-length documentary, commissioned by MOCA, about Ruscha’s extraordinary body of work.​ The film is written and directed by Felipe Lima and narrated by Owen Wilson. Director and Writer: Felipe Lima Produced by: Ways & Means Executive Producers: Lana Kim, Jett Steiger Producer: Rachel Nederveld Narrated by: Owen Wilson Interviews: Ed Begley, Jr. Larry Bel...
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Zócalo Public Square and MOCA Present: Were the 90s LA's Golden Age?
    Zócalo Public Square and MOCA present: Were the 90s LA's Golden Age? at MOCA Grand Avenue on April 28,2016 The 1990s were a rough time in Los Angeles, marked by AIDS, record homicides, a recession, the unrest spurred by Rodney King’s beating, the Northridge earthquake, and Prop 187. But fears that the city was about to break inspired unprecedented levels of creativity, growth, and civic engagemen...
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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • What is Contemporary? A Conversation with Hito Steyerl
    On Sunday, February 21, 2016, Hito Steyerl joined MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall in conversation on the occasion of her first-ever Los Angeles exhibition, Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun. The two discussed Steyerl’s process, problems of representation, protest movements, and the nature of time. Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun runs at MOCA Grand Avenue February 21, 2016-September 8, 20...
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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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  • Matthew Barney, Water Castings
    Matthew Barney discusses the Water Castings from his most recent body of work, RIVER OF FUNDAMENT. Each Water Casting is a relic from the performance of foundry casting itself. Weighing between one and two thousand pounds each, each piece objectifies and coalesces the highly involved, fragmented process required to produce it. As Barney says, "its nature, both in terms of form and in terms of surf...
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  • Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT
    Matthew Barney, MOCA Director Philippe Vergne, and MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall discuss the narrative and formal system embodied in Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT. In its staging at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, RIVER OF FUNDAMENT places Barney’s latest and most epic filmic undertaking alongside the physical works that are distilled from it. Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is...
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  • Matthew Barney & Homi K. Bhabha
    Matthew Barney and Homi K. Bhabha Sunday, October 11, 2015 In conjunction with his solo exhibition at MOCA, artist Matthew Barney engages in conversation with Scholar Homi K. Bhabha. Bhabha is Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, among other themes. Barney and Bhabha discuss the River of Fundament project...

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