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Installation view of Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986. Site-specific excavation as part of Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945-86, December 10, 1986–January 10, 1988, at The Temporary Contemporary. Artwork courtesy of the Chris Burden Estate. Copyright 2019 Chris Burden / licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Squidds and Nunns.

The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection

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.

The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection is organized by Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator, with Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Lead underwriting for MOCA’s 40th anniversary exhibitions and programs is provided by Sean and Alexandra Parker.

Lead support is provided by The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation; Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund; and  .

Major support is provided by Kathi and Gary Cypres; Susan and David Gersh; Karyn Kohl; and .

Generous support is provided by Peter and Elizabeth Goulds, L.A. Louver; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Charlie Pohlad; Pamela West and Collin Bernsen;, and .

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with generous funding provided by Dr. Alexander and Judith Angerman; Earl and Shirley Greif Foundation; Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation; Nathalie Marciano and Julie Miyoshi; Steven and Jerri Nagelberg; and Jonathan M. Segal through the Rhonda S. Zinner Foundation.

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