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Artbound

Chief Curator Helen Molesworth on the Legacy of MOCA

Since its inception in 1979, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has sought to provide a space for "the art of our time." Founded by artists, the institution has had a main role in shaping the way art is interpreted and understood through its robust collection of works in the disciplines of assemblage, Abstract Expressionism, photography and more.

For Artbound's new episode "MOCA: The Art of Our Time," MOCA's chief curator Helen Molesworth takes viewers on a visual tour of the museum's vast archive showcasing works by George Herms, Betye Saar, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Gabriel Orozco, Senga Nengudi and Matthew Barney.

In a recent interview for our upcoming special, Molesworth said she is working to show "a much more democratic version of art." As she narrates the episode, Molesworth discusses what sets MOCA apart from other contemporary art museums; assemblage and its connection to the civil rights movement; and the future of the institution.

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