Come celebrate free general admission with us on Saturday, January 11, 2020 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 our team of knowledgeable educators, MOCA’s Talking Tours are a great way to connect to contemporary art for free. Each tour is designed to provide visitors with the opportunity to discuss, ask questions, and dive deeper into the works on view. Through these tours, our goal is to engage visitors, while expanding their appreciation and understanding of art. No reservations necessary!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (1:30pm)
Mayor Eric Garcetti will join MOCA Board President Carolyn Clark Powers and MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the launch of free general admission at MOCA. The ceremony will conclude with a live music presentation by Bill Ungerman and his Jazz Trio.
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 Curated by Directory (Noon–4pm)
Directory is a party series based in Los Angeles and New York City, designed specifically as a “non-binary” space for marginalized people. With constantly shifting music and surroundings alongside a consistent policy for non-white, queer, trans/non-binary, disabled, and underprivileged people to be at the front, it remains focused on providing accessible space for dancing. Join specially curated DJs at the Sculpture Plaza—lineup to follow!
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Schedule:
TAIKOPROJECT Performance and Hands-On Workshop (2:30pm)
TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California 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.
Self Help Graphics & Art's Barrio Mobile Art Studio (1–4pm)
Join Self Help Graphics artists as they facilitate a stencil silkscreen workshop, in which participants will create stencils that will be silkscreened onto posters that participants can keep. Barrio Mobile Art Studio expands Self Help Graphics & Art’s audience beyond the communities of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, nurturing emerging artists and making art accessible throughout the vast city of Los Angeles.
Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) will provide free admission all-day on Saturday, January 11 to celebrate MOCA's free general admission launch!
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.