MOCA Pacific Design Center Los Angeles

Image by James J Hsiao

MOCA Pacific Design Center – The 3rd MOCA

There is a “blue whale” in West Hollywood. No not really a whale, but a building that is huge and blue. Next to it, there is a large green building and a red one.

Pacific Design Center is home to a collection of art stores, furniture stores, and office spaces. I think that due to the popularity of gay bars and clubs in this area, locals do not equate West Hollywood with art museums.

Along its periphery, there is a smaller building that houses the farthest Museum of Contemporary Arts. MOCA at the Pacific design Center is its name. Very few people know it exists or even that MOCA has a 3rd museum. Pacific Design Center is MOCA’s smallest gallery. I like its cozy feeling.

Built in 2000, the 3.000 sq ft space was established to exhibit emerging artists as well as art that completes other collections. As the small little satellite of the larger MOCAs, MOCA at the Pacific Design Center explores newer forms of Contemporary art and installations different from the rest of the museums. I enjoy Contemporary paintings and installations that has a historical twist at the Pacific Design Center MOCA.

Several years ago, the museum was host to Miranda July’s “Eleven Heavy Things,” where visitors stand and fit bodies to sculptures constructed by such a creative artist and filmmaker. I took lots of pictures of myself and my girlfriend fitting our bodies into these sculptures.

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8687 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

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Thu - Fri 11:00 - 17:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00




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