Women of MOCA

A current MOCA show helps to contextualize the speculation over the gender politics of Helen Molesworth's firing. "Give and Take: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions" demonstrates MOCA's remarkable progress in representing the art of women, and women of color. This starts on the outside with Njideka Akunyili Crosby's wrap of the building's Grand Avenue frontage. Inside, there's Crosby's two-part Garden, Thriving (2016).
The chronology begins with a 1982 Elizabeth Murray, Simple Meaning, a gift of Mandy and Cliff Einstein. Also from the 80s is an untitled Jessica Stockholder sculpture.
Elizabeth Murray, Simple Meaning, 1982
Jessica Stockholder, untitled, 1989
From the past few years are Haegue Yang's installation Strange Fruit; an Amy Sillman painting (a promised gift of Daryl and Robert Offer); a Lynette Yiadom-Boakye imaginary portrait. As I mentioned a while back there is also is a major Kara Walker. Most of the works were purchased via the Acquisition and Collection Committee.
Haegue Yang, Strange Fruit, 2012-14
Amy Sillman, Miss Gleason, 2014
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Medicine at Playtime, 2017
Today every white male billionaire wants his own museum, saying that's "disruptive." In acquisition policy Molesworth-era MOCA was just that.