MOCA has been known as "the artist's museum" since its founding in 1979 because of hands-on support from its creative community. So what do L.A. artists think about the news of a possible acquisition by LACMA, which would create a combined organization run by LACMA Director Michael Govan?
Here are some early reactions.
John Baldessari, a former MOCA trustee said: "LACMA is an encyclopedic museum, but they are weak when it comes to contemporary art, and this would make their holdings in contemporary art better than the Metropolitan [Museum of Art in New York] in some ways. So that's pretty exciting."
He added: "I have incredible confidence in Michael and what he is trying to do. If you look at his track record, everything he's done before LACMA and here, it’s pretty umblemished."
Cindy Bernard, the co-founder of MOCA Mobilization, a grass-roots organization launched in 2008 to help support the museum’s independence, said: "Let’s just say I have mixed feelings.
"This desire to keep MOCA an independent institution was something that was very important to us in 2008. But having seen what’s happened to MOCA since then and seeing the limited options out there, it’s harder to discount a LACMA acquisition. And certainly LACMA under Michael Govan has become a much more vibrant institution than it was before....My preference is still that the museum remains independent, but this is looking like a less and less likely prospect."
Then she provided a statement from MOCA Mobilization: