Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles

Located conveniently across the street from The Broad, this museum is a bit smaller but with a lot more abstract contemporary art to peruse, including masterpieces by classic contemporary artists, and inspiring new works by emerging and mid-career artists from Southern California and around the world. When visiting both establishments, one may notice that the MOCA is focused not only on the art, but also rather, on the history of artists; as such, learning some background is a big plus.

Some of the things to be seen here will invoke such strange feelings that you've never got from seeing art before, and the exhibits' variation certainly adds to the quality of the experience – from Robert Frank's much-touted photo-series of "The Americans" to "Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–85" with fabulous quilts and more. Other highlight include an entire room of Rothko's compositions and a wonderful interactive art-installation that has you walk through rooms of different colors.

Art connoisseurs will appreciate the theme of self-reflexivity ("what and who gets to consider what is art?"), especially from the approach of POC and women artists – but no one risks getting get tired here, since the place isn't so big to begin with. If you luck out, you may even join a very knowledgeable docent's tour (Thursday evenings: 5:30pm and 6:30pm; Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm and 2:30pm – free; no reservations necessary) that takes you through the permanent collection for about an hour.

Tip:
Don't miss the very creative gift shop (on the upper ground level) for a great array of local and international magazines, unique art books, and other funky finds!

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 11am–6pm; Thu: 11am–8pm; Sat, Sun: 11am–5pm

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Sight Name: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Sight Location: Los Angeles, USA (See walking tours in Los Angeles)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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