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Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

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250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
http://www.moca.org/
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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, more commonly referred to as MOCA is the only contemporary art museum in Los Angeles. Built in 1979, this museum houses tons of artwork and exhibits that ... Read more
have been produced from the 1940s to the present. The goal of the museum is to establish itself as the go-to museum for contemporary art as well as a place where visitors can immerse themselves with information of this style of art. So far, the museum’s increasing popularity seems to coincide with their goals because close to 240,000 visitors visited the museum in 2010, which was approximately 90,000 more visitors than the previous year.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

MOCA was, is, and will remain one of the central art hubs for Los Angeles and So. Cal. MOCA is one of those great art museums with an ever-changing presentation of modern art.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Classic modern art in downtown. Small exhibit because the other side is still under construction.

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Ottawa, Canada

JUSt what it says, contemporary art., and concerts.. Two facilities/ The Temporary Contemporary was thrown together while the permanent one was being built, and everyone loved it, so it became the venue for more monumental exhibitions

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Outstanding venue with mostly post WWII era artwork. Easy to enjoy an hour or maybe half a day among the very approachable contemporary art. Tours often happen, too. Great place and wonderful staff.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Beautiful and iconic. Everyone has heard of The Museum of Contemporary Art (or by its nickname: the MOCA).

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Local from Los Angeles

I really liked this museum. It's small but packed with interesting art. I remember having fun and watching an indie movie that was pretty good.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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One of my favorite museums in LA situated across the street from the Broad museum. A must visit when in LA.

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Local from Los Angeles

love this museum. name says it all. great book/gift shop on upper plaza. dont miss it.

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Irvine, California, USA

I came here a while back for an amazing frank Ghery exhibition. Come by and check it out on free museum days.

Parking: local lots available

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Popular Los Angeles Museum consisting of post 1940's works. 8.5 miles from The Studio and Cottage.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

I am a huge lover of Modern Art and LA has some of the best! MOCA is conveniently located across the street from The Broad so two of the best collections (not to large) that you can easily see in one day. The John Waters pieces were standouts.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Lichtenstein, Rothko, Warhol and a nice collection of other contemporary artists. Very manageable / not too overwhelming.

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Local from Long Beach

Small museum, not a whole lot to see, but you'll enjoy it if you're in to contemporary art.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The MOCA is a place that will alienate some and elate others. This museum lives up to its name. It's full of TRULY contemporary art. I'm an art nerd and there are pieces that I'll admit I didn't "get" but wow, what a sensory overload! The gallery space is small so you won't feel overwhelmed. A couple of hours is all you need to fully peruse all of the pieces, making this a great place to add to your list of things to do while visiting downtown Los Angeles.

There are some great works in their permanent collection representing pop art, postmodernism, minimalism, conceptual art and my personal favorite, abstract expressionism. For every unknown artist on display you'll find pieces by the masters of modern art: Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Rothko, Hanne Darboven and more. You are allowed to take photos in the museum but ONLY of the permanent collection exhibitions. There's a groovy museum store on-site too so be sure to check it out.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

MOCA have three locations, this one is in downtown Grand Avenue, 100,000 square foot size museum. Walt Disney Concert Hall is nearby.

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+ Unique Contemporary Art works.
+ Free Audio Tour (A must since almost no description giving to the art)
+ Every Thursday from 5 to 8pm is free admission.
+ Very cool Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts sculpture in outside of the museum.
+ Camera allow for most art except the still photograph. However No Flash Allow.

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- High regular admission cost $12
- Good luck find free parking in the street, expect to paid from $6 to $9 parking.
- A small museum separate in two sections.

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San Diego, California
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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is a contemporary art museum with three locations in greater Los Angeles, California. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, near Walt Disney Concert Hall. MOCA's original space, initially intended as a "temporary" exhibit space while the main facility was built, is now known as the Geffen Contemporary, in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. The Pacific Design Center facility is in West Hollywood.

The museum's exhibits consist primarily of American and European contemporary art created after 1940. Since the museum's inception, MOCA's programming has been defined by its multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary art.

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Carlsbad, California

If you are downtown, its across from the Disney Concert Hall. Don't make a special trip.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

This is one of their branches located at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. They always have very provocative and interesting art exhibitions here.

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Local from Long Beach, Calif.

I heart MOCA! They always have interesting and innovative exhibits... I even participated in a campout they held at the museum. They are doing some great work here. My favorite was their Ruche exhibit complete with a chocolate room. Yum!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

LA's MOCA is one of the city's best museums. Constantly presenting cutting edge and controversial exhibitions, the curators are in close touch with the attitude of the city.

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