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FOTM Installation View 22

Installation view of The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection, May 19, 2019–January 27, 2020 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Zak Kelley.

Exhibition Walkthrough
Bennett Simpson on The Foundation of the Museum


The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the collection as a changing, mutating landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus as well as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Featuring a diverse range of works by artists both long- and newly-associated with the museum—many seen for the first time in years or never before shown—the exhibition reflects a belief that MOCA’s histories and futures have always been multiple, ambitious, precious, and unique. Senior Curator Bennett Simpson leads this final walkthrough of the exhibition before it closes.