Review of the MOCA Grand

Highlighting the newest exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art

by Ashkan Ghiassi (OP/ED) – 2/15/16

My personal favorite exhibit at the MOCA Grand
My personal favorite exhibit at the MOCA Grand

The Museum of Contemporary Art at 250 Grand Avenue is famously known as “the artist’s museum” because it was originally founded by artists and maintains a philosophy of placing artists at the center of its mission.

“Chief Curator Helen Molesworth has installed an exhibition highlighting the affinities between artists and artworks in an attempt to rethink the now conventional chronological installation of art. By exploring connections that emerge through artist friendships, the history of art schools, and artists’s own stated interest in other artists’s work, this presentation of MOCA’s esteemed collection of post-1945 art highlights iconic works alongside lesser known material drawn from the nearly 7000 objects in MOCA’s collection.” (From the MOCA website).

Recently acquired work is on view, gesturing towards MOCA’s newly invigorated collection. MOCA’s collection is considered by many critics to be among the most important collections of post-war art in the world.

Contemporary art is art produced at the present period in time, it includes, and develops from, postmodern art, which is itself a successor to modern art.

Architect Arata Isozaki designed MOCA Grand Avenue in 1986 with classical architecture and Los Angeles popular culture in mind.​ Today, this location hosts the museum’s main galleries, Lemonade café, the flagship location of the MOCA Store, and staff offices.

Avid museum-goer Nicolov Pedrozo stated, “I’ve been to quite a few museums in my lifetime, and although the MOCA wasn’t necessarily bad in any aspects, I found it to be a tad small in comparison to other contemporary art museums. If I had to spend my time at any single museum in Los Angeles I would go to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).”

The most famous pieces at the MOCA Grand are by Jackson Pollack. The museum tends to focus more on the latest contemporary art as opposed to the common definition of modern art. Basically, the museum focuses on the newest art possible rather than on antiques.

There are many pieces of contemporary art that some wouldn’t consider art at all. Because this museum focuses on the cutting edge of new art, it uses mediums that some people wouldn’t label “art.” For example, there are exhibits featuring photographs, videos, and even tangible scenarios that intrigue the eye (such as a dead man with squirrels crawling over him).

38 year old Marina Rena stated, “The museum is pretty compact. It is easily toured in an hour or two unless you watch every video installation.”

In my personal opinion, the layout of the museum was very clean and modern. The exhibits were placed in a very symmetrical fashion, while still maintaining freshness. Everything was orderly without being boring or stale.

The museum as a whole was very simple, yet the pieces easily sparked my creative faculties. The subtle nature of the art made it easy for everyone who looks at it to form their own unique opinions on it, without feeling an overbearing message from the artist.

As someone who has never really been to any museums before, I still felt welcomed at the

MOCA Grand. It didn’t have the snobbish atmosphere that I expected. Overall I enjoyed my time

and would rate the museum a 4 out of 5.