What Is "MoCA"?


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MOCA is the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The Museum's 6,800 artowrks are dispersed across three facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and MOCA Pacific Design Center.

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MOCA was founded in 1979 under the direction of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, in Little Tokyo, was the first facility brought into use; the space was formerly a warehouse. The Grand Avenue facility is in downtown Los Angeles and was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. Pacific Design Center is in West Hollywood. The museum focuses exclusively on contemporary art that was produced after 1940. All media types are included in the collection, but they are mostly from American and European contexts.

In addition to the contemporary art on display, the museum also does extensive work exhibiting contemporary architecture. The museum takes particular note of artists who challenge the status quo. Philippe Vergne is the current director and sets the direction and ambitions of the institution. The museum is supported by a two-tiered Board of Trustees. In addition to paying board members, the museum makes an effort to include working artists on the board. Board members serve three-year terms with an option for one renewal.

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