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Francesca Gabbiani, Hot Panorama

Francesca Gabbiani, Hot Panorama, 2003, Colored paper collage, gouache, and airbrush on paper, 96 x 156 in. (243.8 x 396.2 cm). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Purchase with funds provided by the Drawings Committee.

Curator-led Walkthrough of Lonesome Crowded West: Works from MOCA’s Collection

Member Event Lecture

MOCA members at the Contributing level and above are invited to a walkthrough of Lonesome Crowded West: Works from MOCA’s Collection led by MOCA assistant curator Rebecca Lowery. A light breakfast of coffee and pastries will be provided outdoors prior to the tour.

The historian Clyde Milner has written that the American West is “an idea that became a place.” Indeed, the “West” is both a reality and a cultural concept that has been used to optimistic and opportunistic ends; it has stood as an allegory for rugged American individualism, signaling possibility and expansion, but also for the stark reality of settler-colonial exploitation. Given this thorny legacy, what should a picture of the West look like today? The artists in this exhibition respond to this question from a multiplicity of perspectives, tracing the contours of the American West through individual stories and collective histories, and through reflection on climate and the tension between the built and natural environment. Speaking with a plurality of voices, they ask not so much what the West means, but rather what it is, and what it can mean to be in.

An invitation with event details will be emailed to members at the Contributing level ($200) and above. Memberships can be purchased or renewed online. If you would like to upgrade an existing membership, please contact the Membership Department at