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Helen Levitt, New York 1974, 1980s

Helen Levitt, New York 1974, 1980s, Dye transfer print, 12 × 15 7/8 in. (30.48 × 40.32 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Gift of Marvin Hoshino in memory of Masao Hoshino.

Evidence: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Our experience of time is situational and decidedly elastic, a reality that many of us have perceived with new acuity over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic in ways intimately related to our differing responsibilities and stations in life. This selection of works from MOCA’s collection considers some of the myriad ways that artists mark, capture, or meditate on the passage of time: its duration, its ordering into past and present, and its relation to memory. At center stage is a drawing by Los Angeles-based artist Carmen Argote, Digesting Scroll—Feb, March, April (2020), the first work of art made during the pandemic to enter MOCA’s collection. 

Evidence: Selections from the Permanent Collection is organized by Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.