|Lauren Halsey, Briccs 2, 2020|
MOCA has been acquiring art during the pandemic—everything from a Gee's Bend quilt (by Essie Bendolph Pettway) to an immortal digital lifeform (by Ian Cheng). The collection has augmented its holdings of Pattern & Decoration and self-taught Southerners; works on paper by Marjorie Cameron, Bruce Conner, and John Altoon; video (Gordon Matta-Clark, Carolee Schneemann, Petra Cortright, Mark Bradford, Cauleen Smith, and teamLab); photographs (Eleanor Antin, Harry Gamboa Jr., Reynaldo Rivera, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Candida Höfer). Architectural sculptures include Trulee Hall's Witch House and Lauren Halsey's Briccs 2.
|Jordan Casteel, Memorial, 2017|
Some of these new works are purchases from the museum's Acquisition and Collection Committee or Drawings and Photography Committee. Others are gifts from a wide spectrum of individual collectors, evidence that MOCA is rebuilding a network of astute donors.
Several of the recent 2020-2021 acquisitions are on view. Notably they include marquee images for current shows: Rodney McMillian's White House II (in "Our House: Selections from MOCA's Collection"); Jennifer Packer's Idle Hands (in "Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain't Sleep"); and Carmen Argote's Digesting Scroll ( in "Evidence: Selections from the Permanent Collection").
There's much more, posted on MOCA's site.
|Rodney McMillian, White House II, 2018-2020|
|Jennifer Packer, Idle Hands, 2021|
|Essie Bendolph Pettway, Two-sided quilt: Blocks and 'One Patch'–stacked squares and rectangles variation, 1973|
|Ian Cheng, BOB (Bag of Beliefs), 2018-2019|
|Trulee Hall, Witch House, 2020|
|Rafa Esparza, Taquero, 2021|
|Reynaldo Rivera, Melissa and Gaby, La Plaza, 1993|
|Dee Shapiro, Rotunda I, 1980|
|(Marjorie) Cameron, Lions Path, no date. Watercolor on paper|
As to the "astuteness" of MOCA’s collectors, did you see who donated the works by Petra Cortright? I would describe that collector as opportunistic, not astute.
Shame too that none of MOCA’s collectors were "astute" enough to donate something by Alex Da Corte. Unlike Halsey, he's "there" already as evidenced by his Met Roof Garden Commission (2021).
Mies made the list twice.
Piano made the list (Pompidou Center with Rogers)
Zumthor made the list (Vals Baths).
Gehry did not make the list.
There's an interesting picture of the Baths in the article --- interesting because it gives one a sense of the scale of the new LACMA. In that picture, there is a large wall or solid which frames a view of the Alps. That wall or solid is about 27 to 30 feet high --- about the same height as the walls of the new LACMA pavilions. By the way, that 27 feet is also the height of the inner archway in the Arch of Titus. I bet Zumthor knew that.
Been there, done that.
Something between the two extremes would be nice for a change.