MOCA acquires board members and works by Arceneaux, Beshty, Lassry, Ruby and more
Some behind-the-scenes news from MOCA: The museum has a new board member, litigator Richard J. Grad, and a new lifetime trustee, retired TV executive Blake Byrne. Grad has served on MOCA's photography committee, while Byrne was a former trustee who made a sizable donation of artworks to the museum in 2004.
The museum has also announced details of its 2010 acquisitions: some 100 works, including pieces by L.A. artists Edgar Arceneaux, Walead Beshty, Thomas Houseago, Elad Lassry, Rodney McMillian and Sterling Ruby. The Houseago sculpture, "Sprawling Octopus Man," came from last year's exhibition "The Artist's Museum."
It should be even more interesting to see what MOCA acquires from its shows this year. Will "Art in the Streets," which opens April 17, bring more graffiti art into the permanent collection? And how many works will the museum acquire from its current William Leavitt show, which Times art critic Christopher Knight called "a revelation" and for which the artist has loaned some works still in his possession?
-- Jori Finkel
Image: A film still from Elad Lassry's Untitled, 2008, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; purchased with funds provided by the Curatorial Discretionary Fund. Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles