Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Since inception, MOCA has played a significant role in the world of contemporary art, making it accessible to the public.
Since its 1986 launch, MOCA has come a long way in the quality of exhibitions, media and performing events it has programmed. The museum structure, designed by Arata Isozaki, is a triumph, with its beautifully proportioned and abundantly skylit galleries. The donation of 64 minimalist and neo-impressionist works from the collection of the late Barry Lowen, together with an acquisition from Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, forms the cornerstone of MOCA's permanent collection. The museum paid $11 million for Panza's brilliantly uneven group of works by such figures as Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg. The permanent collection has been buoyed by noteworthy gifts of works by Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian and Alberto Giacometti, some 200 vintage and contemporary prints from the estate of L.A. photographer Max Yavno, and major works by Johns, Reinhardt, Diebenkorn and Warhol. An outdoor café serves tasty fare during the day. Be sure to get your parking validated to avoid the exorbitant charge. MOCA has also retained its original, temporary location in an old police warehouse that was overhauled in 1983 by Frank Gehry. It's affectionately known as the TC or Temporary Contemporary.