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Berlin Wall's Fall (1989)

9 ways in which Helen Molesworth's permanent collection show at MOCA is upending the story of art

9 ways in which Helen Molesworth's permanent collection show at MOCA is upending the story of art

MOCA chief curator Helen Molesworth stands next to a sculpture by Liz Larner in the exhibition "The Art of Our Time," which shakes up the nature of the permanent collection show. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Enter the permanent collection galleries of any museum of modern and contemporary art in the United States and it’s likely you’ll lay eyes on a familiar story: the muscular narrative of the Abstract Expressionists — Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, et al. — attacking their canvases in their 1940s cold water flats, creating a distinctly American art out of drips and splashy brushstrokes, continuing through the pathways of...

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