On this 40th anniversary of MOCA’s founding, I am extraordinarily optimistic about the museum’s future. I come to MOCA with ambitions for a museum that has continuously offered a prominent global voice for contemporary artists and their reflections of our world. I intend to expand MOCA’s role within the community and look forward to sharing more with you as the year unfolds. Together, with your support, we can embark on a path to make the next 40 years just as impactful.
This spring and summer MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will feature multiple exhibitions celebrating the museum’s permanent collection, including seminal works and large-scale installations by artists Mike Kelly, Rodney McMillian, Liz Larner, Nicole Eisenman, Kara Walker, Chris Burden, Bruce Nauman, Martine Syms, Michael Queenland, Mark Rothko, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Amy Sherald, and Robert Rauschenberg among many others.
Over the past forty years, the museum has built one of the most significant permanent collections on the west coast—a continually growing archive that reflects historical depth, recent experiment, a global awareness, and an outlook informed by our home in Los Angeles.
We leverage this collection through our nationally recognized education programs, like Contemporary Art Start (CAS), which engages thousands of urban public school students each year (over 70% qualifying for free- or reduced-price lunch). We also extend our efforts with in-depth workshops, training hundreds of teachers each year through The Rebecca Smith Summer Institute. And through the lasting impact of our intensive Teen Program, where teen interns work with artists, museum professionals, and one another to make art, investigate exhibitions, plan events, and shape the future of the museum field.
MOCA has always been a multiplier of resources, an independent nonprofit museum that has sparked conversations, launched artistic movements, and inspired generations.
As MOCA’s past informs it present, I stand with you to make an impact on our shared future.
I hope you will accept my personal invitation to support this extraordinary organization. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to The Museum of Contemporary Art today. Thank you for your continued generosity and partnership with MOCA.
Sincerely, Klaus Biesenbach
The Maurice Marciano Director