Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue , Los Angeles
California, United States
Phone: +1 213/625-4390
closed on: Tuesdays
Museum Type: Art
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The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is the venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles dedicated to the most recent artistic trends.

Building and site
With over 40,00 square feet of exhibition space, the Geffen is the largest venue of the MOCA. The museum is located in the Little Tokyo District and opened in 1983 with the name “The Temporary Contemporary” as an exhibition space to be used during the MOCA Grand Avenue construction. A former police car warehouse, the building was renovated on a design by the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and renamed Geffen Contemporary in 1996 after a substantial monetary donation by the David Geffen Foundation.

What to see at MOCA Geffen
As mentioned earlier, the center is devoted to young and emerging artists, as well as to cutting-edge trends in contemporary art, while the MOCA Grand in downtown L.A. focuses more on already established artists. Thanks to its sizeable spaces, the MOCA Geffen is ideal for large-scale sculptures and multi-media installations, and frequently accommodates site-specific and specially-commissioned artworks.

Additional services and activities
Along with temporary exhibitions, the MOCA Geffen hosts special events, performances, and lectures. The museum building includes a coffee bar and a gift shop.

Text by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Photos: cover by ono-sendai, banner by Eli Carrico, 1 and 3 by hana k, 2 by Kent Wang

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