“The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection” | 19th May

3rd May 2019, 5:10 pm

The Geffen Contemporary

Organized by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, with Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator. Installation view. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Zak Kelley.

Forty years since its founding in 1979, MOCA has built one of the most legendary permanent collections in the world—a continually growing archive that reflects historical depth, recent experimentation, global awareness, and an outlook significantly informed by its home in Los Angeles. To mark the museum’s 40th anniversary, this exhibition presents a selected topography of artworks that speak to the diversity and prescience of MOCA’s collecting over the past four decades. With special emphasis on works associated with the museum’s remarkable history of exhibitions, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the collection as a changing, mutating landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus, as well as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Featuring a diverse range of artists long- and newly-associated with the museum, the exhibition reflects a belief that MOCA’s histories and futures have always been multiple, ambitious, precious, and unique.

TOM OF FINLAND Untitled (Study), c.1968, Graphite on paper


On view through 20th January 2020

Published: 3rd May 2019

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