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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  • 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...

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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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  • 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...

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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...

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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, ...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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