2020 Was a Great Year for MOCA Acquisitions
|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|