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
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  • For the first time, and in a unique collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute, Jackson Pollock’s Number 1, 1949—an iconic example of abstract expressionism and a hallmark of MOCA’s permanent collection—will undergo a process of conservation treatment in public view. MOCA Assistant Curator Anna Katz and independent conservator Chris Stavroudis discuss the nature of Stravoudis’s work, his ...

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  • This is Part I of a two-part program. MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall and artist Lauren Halsey discuss Halsey’s site-specific installation we still here, there, which reflects a spectrum of everyday Black cultural experiences in the artist’s neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. The conversation is followed by a musical performance by artist Adee Roberson, whose work weaves rich lands...

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  • This is Part II of a two-part program. MOCA Assistant Curator Lanka Tattersall and artist Lauren Halsey discuss Halsey’s site-specific installation we still here, there, which reflects a spectrum of everyday Black cultural experiences in the artist’s neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. The conversation is followed by a musical performance by artist Adee Roberson, whose work weaves rich land...

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  • Black Radical Imagination is an international touring program of moving image shorts that highlights new stories by filmmakers and visual artists from within the African diaspora. This year’s program, FUGITIVE TRAJECTORIES, meditates on the various ways Black people are tending to our lives despite traumatic histories, both personal and collective, and a troubling present. Black Radical Imaginatio...

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  • Los Angeles–based photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya skillfully collapses traditions of the studio portrait and self-portraiture in compositions that are distinctly contemporary. Using art historical tropes and his own subjectivity to explore assertions of the gaze, Sepuya turns his careful eye to the exhibition Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin. Guiding a tour through a selection of the works on vi...

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  • Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar is a performer, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body, and their interrelations to physical, social, memory and present spaces. Ellen Phan works primarily in the field of computer music. Creating a distinctly psychoacoustic sound sphere, Phan’s performances aim to open the subconsciou...

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  • Los Angeles-based urban and media historian, critic, and novelist Norman Klein is the author of The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory; Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon; and The Imaginary 20th Century, among others. Klein, through his own lens on the blurring of fact and fiction, discusses his work in the context of Adrián Villar Rojas’s ...

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  • Artist and Seeld Library cofounder Thomas Hutton leads a specially-conceived guided tour along the periphery of MOCA Grand Avenue, weaving a complex of histories into a kind of labyrinth that will uncover, overturn, and a number of surrounding sites. Participants delve behind material and immaterial facades and into a space that has been gently muddied towards abstraction. The tour follows on fr...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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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 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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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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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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