L.A. MOCA: The Origin Story, As Told by Calvin Tomkins

With the recent developments at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art set off by the departure of long-time curator Paul Schimmel, the direction of the museum has never seemed more uncertain. We thought it might be a good time to look back at how MOCA got its start. Calvin Tomkins, writing for The New Yorker in March 1981, in a piece entitled “The Art World: The Camel in the Tent,” gives us a pretty good idea as he explores the museum’s roots as an institution that relied, from the start, on the input of artists.
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