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MOCA, LA

Museum of Contemporary Art...

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When travelling for an extended time it can be easy to tire of museums but trust us - MOCA is not just any old museum and is a must visit when in LA. MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles that is dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and has developed one of the nation’s most renowned permanent collections with over 5,000 works. The exhibitions at MOCA are extremely diverse and in the past have included painting, photography, sculptures and drawings, to name just a few. One exhibition that is currently attracting a tonne of attention and can be described in no other way than cool, is the Transmission LA: AV Club.

Curated by Mike D, artist, producer and founding member of the Beastie Boys, Transmission LA: AV Club is the perfect little taster to show you just how awesome the exhibitions at MOCA can be. The exhibition is more like a festival and aims to engage all of your senses through its visual and audio elements. It is running from April 20th to May 6th and is a mixture of contemporary art, design, music, film and food. Described as a ‘grown up theme park’, the exhibition examines the relationship between music and art and combines the work of 17 artists including the likes of director Mike Mills, sculptor Tom Sachs and digital filmmaker Cory Arcangel. Each of the works is extremely different but all are unified in their use of bright colours and ability to keep you mesmerised for hours. The 17 day event consists of concerts, DJ sets (including Santigold, aiieee!) performances and installations, and even a pop up Kogi Korean BBQ from top chef Roy Choi. To get a better idea of exactly what the exhibition is about let Mike D give you a personal tour - http://vimeo.com/40685356

MOCA has three locations; MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (where Transmission LA: AV Club is currently housed), and MOCA Pacific Design Centre. You can find out more about the locations and upcoming exhibitions at; www.moca.org. Admission to the exhibitions vary but are usually around a tenner (unless you have a student card in which case it is even cheaper, cha-ching!) On Thursday nights between 5pm – 8pm entry is free so if you really want to save those pennies then that’s a great time to pay a visit though it can get quite busy.

We’d love to hear what some of your favourite museums and exhibitions are from around the world...

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