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Quote excerpted from Marlon Riggs’s seminal film Tongues Untied, a deeply personal and lyrical exploration of black, gay identity in the United States.

The exhibition Tongues Untied at MOCA Pacific Design Center was named after the film and featured it alongside a selection of works from MOCA’s permanent collection by John Boskovich, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and others.

“Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change” opens this Thursday! We’re going to explore his work in-depth this week, from small-scale abstract paintings to ephemeral installations: 

Robert Irwin’s first mature works were unfashionably small, hand-held paintings that invite close, extended looking. Tipping these works changes the way that light hits the surface, calling attention to subtle shifts in paint color, application, and sheen. Hand-held paintings mark the beginning of Irwin’s lifelong interest in understanding perception as it unfolds across space and time. 

Photo: “Untitled” c. 1958, Collection- @moca  http://s.si.edu/RobertIrwinHH

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Four artworks on view today as part of Selections from the Permanent Collection, a chronological installation of significant works from MOCA’s holdings from the 1940s to the present, representing important historical movements such as abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, conceptual art, and postmodernism.

From top to bottom: Donald Judd, Untitled, 1976, Plywood, 48 x 120 x 180 in. (121.9 x 304.8 x 457.2 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Gift of Leo Castelli; Morris Louis, Pillar of Delay, 1961, Acrylic on canvas, 86 ¾ x 39 ½ in. (220.3 x 100.3 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The Rita and Taft Schreiber Collection Given in loving memory of her husband, Taft Schreiber, by Rita Schreiber; Cady Noland, Basket of Nothing, 1990, Wire basket with assortment of building tools and materials, 17 x 16 x 32 in. (43.2 x 40.6 x 81.3 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Gift of Christopher Wool; Edward Ruscha, Lisp, 1968, Oil on canvas. 19 ½ x 52 ¼ in. (49.5 x 132.7 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Gift of Alan N. Kleinman from the Estate of Marsha Kleinman