The main branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles
  • Address: 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012
  • Type: Art Museum
  • Director: Philippe Vergne
  • Opening: 1983

General Information 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is a contemporary art museum with three locations in the greater Los Angeles area. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. This museum is home to almost 5,000 artworks created since 1940. MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

 In 1986, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, completed the downtown location's sandstone building to international critical and public acclaim. This marked a dramatic achievement in the contemporary art world. In the museum's plaza is Nancy Rubins' monumental stainless-steel sculpture "Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts" (2001), purchased by MOCA in honor of founding member Beatrice Gersh in 2002.

The Collection

The Grand Avenue location is used to display pieces from MOCA's permanent collection, mostly from artists who did the majority of their work between 1940 and 1980.  There is an extensive set of rooms used to display temporary exhibits, usually a major retrospective of an important artist,or works connected by a theme.

Over 90% of MOCA's museum works are gifts from several private collectors that form the cornerstone of MOCA's collection.  Much of the collection was donated or bequeathed key works or an entire collection, or sold art at highly favorable terms.

MOCA's collection includes donated work:
  • Parts of the Panza Collection works of abstract expressionism and pop art by Jean Fautrier, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and Antoni Tapies
  • Michael Heizer's earthwork Double Negative in Nevada desert
  • Minimalist, post-minimalist, and neo-expressionist painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing by artists including Dan Flavin, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Elizabeth Murry, Julian Schnabel, Joel Shapiro, Frank Stella, and Cy Twombly
  • Paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, and Arshile Gorky
  • Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Innerst, Robert Longo, Susan Rothenburg, and David Salle.
The museum received gifts from the artist themselves, including major pieces by sculptor and performance artist Paul McCarthy, video artist Doug Aitken, and photographer Andreas Gursky. 


 1. ^ a b c d e "Museum of Contempory Art, Los Angeles".,_Los_Angeles. Retrieved on 2018-07-06.
2. ^ a b c d e Patt Morrison (November 21, 2009), MOCA man Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2018-07-06.
3. ^ a b c d e Mike Boehm (September 28, 2012), [,0,649316.story MOCA trustee Peter Brant using his art to get business loans] Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2018-07-06.


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