MOCA’s presentation was made possible by endowment support from the Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment. Major support was provided by Andre Sakhai. Audrey M. Irmas, Wonmi and Kihong Kwon, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Carol and David Appel, Blake Byrne, Galerie Gisela Capitain, David and Susan Gersh, Mark Fisch, The Margaret and Daniel Loeb-Third Point Foundation, Lois G. Rosen, Christina and Mark Siegel, Elizabeth Swofford, Sheridan Brown, Tim Nye and Foundation 20 21, Edward M. Israel, and John Morace and Tom Kennedy.
MOCA’s mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history—with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 13,500 members; a world-class permanent collection of nearly 6,000 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation.
Major highlights of MOCA’s 2009 acquisitions include: Setting a Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor) (1999), a video work by Bruce Nauman from Alan S. Hergott and Curt Shephard; Christmas Flood (1994), a major sculpture from Eileen and Michael Cohen by Jennifer Pastor, who was the subject of a MOCA Focus series exhibition at MOCA in 1996; and three outstanding gifts from Kourosh Larizadeh and Luis Pardo—Untitled (From a Little Girl’s Room) (1980), a diptych drawing by Mike Kelley; Untitled (2004), a wallpaper drawing by MOCA Focus artist Lisa Lapinski, and Untitled (…On Love) (2007), a large painted loveseat sculpture by Rodney McMillian, a Los Angeles–based artist who was featured in MOCA’s Painting in Tongues exhibition.