MOCA want a cookie?


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With financial turmoil at L.A.’s celebrated Museum of Contemporary Art on many minds, artists David Weiner and Angie Lee decided to help out by hosting a bake sale. That’s what community organizers in America do to raise funds for good works, right? Rain canceled Monday’s planned sale on the sidewalk in front of the museum’s Grand Avenue building, so they and their baking cohort have rescheduled for today — noon to 2 p.m., barring another deluge.

The bake sale is timed to precede a planned meeting of MOCA’s board of trustees, where the fiscal crisis is Topic A. In addition to the Giacometti-style baguettes pictured above, fresh from the oven, there will be cakes adorned with images by Jasper Johns and Judy Fiskin, Vija Celmins “Night Sky” brownies and iced graham crackers derived from works by Lawrence Weiner and Christopher Wool.


All are based on paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs in the museum’s excellent permanent collection, and they’ll sell for a buck. So, now you can have your art and eat it, too.

The most mouth-watering edibles, however, will be the cookies -- described by the artists as “little gold bars of almond cookie joy.” They’re financier cookies, an actual French recipe, and they’re priced at $1-million apiece. Yes, you read that right. And if 15 cookies are sold, MOCA will have matched philanthropist and financier Eli Broad’s challenge grant.

No word yet on whether member’s discounts will be available. But you can see more hot-from-the-kitchen pictures after the jump...

Financier cookies

Vija Celmins ‘Night Sky’ brownies

Christopher Wool frosted grahams

Lawrence Weiner frosted grahams

Jasper Johns and Judy Fiskin cakes

--Christopher Knight