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Welcome to The Museum of Contemporary Art


WE ARE A MUSEUM.
We present, collect, preserve, and interpret the art of our time.

WE ARE CONTEMPORARY. 
We question and adapt to the changing definitions of art.

WE CARE. 
We make the experience of art accessible.
We embrace the inevitability of change.
We support the multiplicity of perspectives.
We encourage the urgency of contemporary expression.

Established in 1979, we are the only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We house one of the most compelling collections of contemporary art in the world, comprising roughly 7000 objects, and have a diverse history of ground-breaking, historically-significant exhibitions.

We are committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of art created after 1940, in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. We provide leadership in the field by identifying and presenting the most significant and challenging art of our time, actively supporting the creation of new work, and producing original scholarship.

With two distinct venues in Los Angeles—MOCA Grand Avenue, and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA—and Michael Heizer’s seminal artwork Double Negative (1969-70) in the Nevada desert, we engage audiences through an ambitious program of exhibitions, educational programs, and publishing.