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More MOCA: A letter-writing campaign and a panel today on KCRW*

December 2, 2008 | 12:00 pm


More MOCA mobilizing:

The MOCA Mobilization, a Facebook group banded in support of the financially strapped Museum of Contemporary Art, recently used its Facebook page as a tool to draw about 450 people to the Geffen Contemporary for a rally intended to draw attention to the problems that threaten the existence of the museum.

Now, the group -- led by a committee including artists Cindy Bernard, Diana Thater, Judy Fiskin and Mark Pally -- have launched a letter-writing campaign to encourage the public to contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, MOCA trustees and city officials. And you don't even have to worry about what to say: The Facebook page outlines suggested talking points.

Meanwhile, to hear more about the MOCA situation, tune in to KCRW-FM (89.9) at 2:30 p.m. today, when Ruth Seymour hosts a panel discussion on MOCA's problems. Guests include Times art critic Christopher Knight (who tells you what he really thinks in his recent open letter to the Board of Trustees); artist Lari Pittman; and Dennis Szakacs, director of the Orange County Museum of Art.

*UPDATE: Former City Councilman Joel Wachs, who was originally scheduled to participate in the panel, has been replaced by Dean Valentine, former MOCA board member and contemporary art collector.

-- Diane Haithman

Photo credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times