MOCA Launches Free General Admission With Free Cultural Celebration On Saturday, January 11, 2020

WHEN:     Saturday, January 11, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHAT:              The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is launching its free general admission on January 11, 2020 with a free, family-friendly celebration at both MOCA locations. The day will feature performances, music, art-making activities, food, and more. It’s a day to celebrate with MOCA’s friends and neighbors and welcome everyone into this new and exciting chapter of art for all. 

General admission to MOCA is free courtesy of Carolyn Clark Powers.


MOCA Grand Avenue Schedule:

Talking Tours (12:30pm, 1:30pm [Spanish], 2:30pm)

Led by knowledgeable educators, MOCA’s Talking Tours are a great way to connect to contemporary art for free. Each tour is provides visitors with the opportunity to discuss, ask questions, and dive deeper into the works on view. Through these tours, we engage visitors and expand their appreciation and understanding of art. No reservations necessary.

MOCA Store Sidewalk Sale (All Day)

MOCA Store’s sidewalk sale takes over the plaza with great finds at discounted prices! Enjoy sale prices on many MOCA Store items, including out-of-print books, art prints, fine jewelry, home accents, and other unique gifts. Discounts range from 50-90% off. All sales are final, no further discounts apply.

Screening: Ulysses Jenkins, Dream City (All Day)

One of MOCA’s recent acquisitions, Jenkins’s Dream City video work will be on loop inside the Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand Avenue. A video companion to a twenty-four hour group performance organized by Jenkins, Dream City collages live music, poetry, and dance into a pulsating kaleidoscope of color and sound. Multiple characters and objects interact in a fantastical dream state, linked through a story being told aloud. With this performance, created in response to Ronald Reagan’s presidency, Jenkins questioned the state of society, not only the political situation but also social, environmental, and economic issues.

DJ Sets by Directory Assistance (Noon–4pm)

Directory Assistance is LA based and organized by Luke Kim who goes by They/Them DJ. Started as a space for POC Queer folks, it grew to a safe space party where marginalized bodies are never turned away for lack of funds. Cath Directory Assistance DJs on the Sculpture Plaza. DJ lineup to follow.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Schedule:

TAIKOPROJECT Performance and Hands-On Workshop (Time TBD)

TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers led by Bryan Yamami and Masato Baba. Since its founding, the group has been fiercely gender-balanced and has embraced the multi-cultural openness that has allowed this art form to thrive. The group continues to define a modern American style of taiko, blending traditional forms with an innovative and fresh aesthetic. Experience one of the leading American taiko performing ensembles, seamlessly combining the best of traditional and powerful taiko styles with an innovative, sublime, modern aesthetic. Try taiko for yourself with a hands-on workshop from the TAIKOPROJECT team.

Art making activities: make your own museum! (Noon–4pm)

Create mini-sculptures and design mini-installations using wire, paper, plastilina dough, and miniature plastic models. The mini sculptures and installations will be placed inside a gallery model, photographed, and projected onto a large screen. The process encourages us to think about physical perceptions of scale and proportion, as well as the symbolism and power behind monuments and monumentality. This workshop is part of MOCA’s free, drop in events featuring art workshops for makers of all ages and experience levels.

Plus enjoy games, food trucks, a cash bar, complimentary My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, and more!

There will be a free shuttle running between MOCA’s two locations from 11:30am to 5:30pm for your convenience to experience both sites.

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