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Since its inception in 1979, MOCA Los Angeles has become one of the most important art institutions devoted solely to contemporary art. Currently, the museum houses an impressive amount of over 7,000 works in its collection.

When visitors come to spend a significant amount of time looking, analyzing, and discussing the works that they see, it’s not often that they also know about the process of how the works made it into the collection.As part of the museum’s recent public programming, MOCA’s longest-tenured curator, Alma Ruiz detailed the acquisition process of the works like those exhibited in MOCA’s Permanent Collection: A Selection of Recent AcquisitionsA Point of View: Selected Gifts from the Laurence A. Rickels Collection, and The Herbert and Dorothy Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States at MOCA.

Listen below for the full audio divided into four parts.

Part 1 (Intro + MOCA’s Permanent Collection: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions

Part 2 (A Point of View: Selected Gifts from the Laurence A. Rickels Collection)

Part 3: (The Herbert and Dorothy Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States at MOCA)

Part 4: (Q+A)

We continued to run into each other in distant places like that dark June night on the island of San Giorgio. While walking to the bus stop I heard your voice. It was late and the vaporetti had stopped running. You kindly offered to take my friend and I across the lagoon so we could reach our hotel safely.
—  A cinematic vignette from the story of the international friendship shared by Francesco Vezzoli and MOCA Curator Alma Ruiz. Like Cinema Vezzoli, Vezzoli’s new exhibition on view at MOCA, her letter "For Francesco" bridges the worlds of Italian glamour and classic Hollywood. 
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A Suprasensorial Experience

MOCA Senior curator Alma Ruiz leads us through Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space; the first museum exhibition to situate pioneering Latin American artists among the international canon of those working with light and space.

Those familiar with Austin and The Blanton probably remember the Jesus Rafael Soto piece (another Penetrable) that was in front of The Blanton for awhile.

This exhibition will be at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Spring 2012.

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La envidia es la religión de los mediocres. Los reconforta, responde a las inquietudes que los roen por dentro y, en último término, les pudre el alma y les permite justificar su mezquindad y su codicia hasta creer que son virtudes y que las puertas del cielo sólo se abrirán para los infelices como ellos, que pasan por la vida sin dejar más huella que sus traperos intentos de hacer de menos a los demás y de excluir, y a ser posible destruir, a quienes, por el mero hecho de existir y de ser quienes son, ponen en evidencia su pobreza de
espíritu, mente y redaños. Bienaventurado aquel al que ladran los cretinos, porque su alma nunca les pertenecerá.
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El juego del ángel, Carlos Ruíz Zafón.

Las palabras con que se envenena el corazón de un hijo, por mezquindad o por ignorancia, se quedan enquistadas en la memoria y tarde o temprano le queman el alma.

- (via Carlos Ruiz Zafón)