MOCA Los Angeles Will Close Pacific Design Center Space in West Hollywood -ARTnews

Installation view of “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.,” 2017, at MOCA Pacific Design Center.


The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles said on Wednesday that it will close its exhibition space at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on February 24, following the run of its current Kahlil Joseph solo show there.

It is unclear whether this was a joint decision made by MOCA and the center, or whether one institution made the call to close the space. It comes just months after the museum’s new director, Klaus Biesenbach, took the helm of the institution, following almost two decades in New York at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1.

Following his appointment, Biesenbach told ARTnews that arts patron and collector Agnes Gund had advised him “to grow slowly and listen to everybody first. That’s what I’m doing right now. I want to spend the first half-year just learning and listening. That prevents you from doing things too fast or coming to conclusions that are not fully informed.”

The PDC branch of MOCA presented design and architecture shows as well as contemporary art exhibitions. Its design and architecture programming will be incorporated into its remaining two spaces, the flagship Grand Avenue location downtown and the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo.

Among the shows it staged at the center were a Rick Owens furniture show; solo exhibitions devoted to work by Barbara Kasten, Catherine Opie, and Magdalena Fernández; and queer art exhibitions that related to the PDC’s location in one of the city’s gay enclaves, including “Tongues Untied,” which surveyed art made during the AIDS crisis, and “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.,” which it co-presented with the nearby ONE Archives gallery. “Axis Mundo,” which was part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and is currently traveling, examined the various connections, collaborations, and correspondences between queer and/or Chicanx artists in Los Angeles and beyond.

“We are proud of MOCA’s record of achievement at the PDC,” MOCA’s board chair, Maria Seferian, said in a statement.

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