MOCA | Amazing Art for All

Sometimes the best things in life are free! The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is granting free admission with a $10-million gift from board President Carolyn Powers. In an effort to make the museum more accessible, encourage repeat visits and deepen community engagement this generous gift makes the museum more like a library with its’ open-door policy. Such an amazing opportunity for Los Angeles to take in some of the best contemporary art around. There will still be a charge for some special exhibitions, however, even those are free of charge on Thursday nights. Admission to The Geffen Contemporary is also included in this experience. Head downtown for some inspiration and see what makes our city a great place to live.

MOCA Permanent Collection – Josef Albers – “Study for Homage to a Square,” 1954. Oil on masonite.

“Bus” – Mason Williams, 1967. This life-size Greyhound bus conceptual art stunt of comic proportions is a self-published silk-screened print measuring 10 x 36 feet. In an edition of 200 it took nine man-hours to assemble. “Bus” was first exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of Art in 1967, then stationed at The Museum of Modern Art the following year. Almost 50 years later it is a dramatic vision as it stretches across an entire wall in the MOCA gallery. The piece owes a lot to the work of artist Ed Ruscha, a friend, collaborator and sometimes roommate of Williams’ since the fourth grade. Photograph by Jeff McLane.

Cromosaturación – Carlos Cruz-Diez, 1965-2008. A site-specific environment consisting of there Chromo-cubicles, fluorescent lights with blue, red and green filters. Cruz-Diezs’ experiment in light, color and space is an all-encompassing experience that wraps light around you like a warm color-filled blanket. Photograph by Jeff McLane.

Purposeful re-purposing. “Carpet Angel” – Nari Ward, 1992. Stunning installation consisting of carpet, plastic bags, plastic bottles, vinyl carpet runners, springs wood screws and rope. This Jamaican born artist’s work is often composed of found objects from his neighborhood and addresses issues related to consumer culture, poverty and race. Photograph by Jeff McLane.

Stop by the MOCA Store to bring a special something home, printed Cindy Sherman selfie napkins, a dog bowl like no other from Recreation Center, Table Tiles, graphic 3D coasters, snuggle up with Cat Zorro by Danish designer Lotte Fynboe or course an Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup skate deck. Visit