The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles - Part 6: Art

This season, KENZO heads out to California, Carol and Humberto’s home state. We asked Joy Yoon - author of the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas' (Universe / Rizzoli International) - to select some surprising and unexpected addresses in Los Angeles. Our fifth installment of the series is Arts.


Let’s start by heading downtown to the Geffen MOCA.  Once upon a time it was the temporary location for the Museum of Contemporary Art, now the 55,000-square-foot facility is the largest and most popular of the three MOCA venues.  

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Geffen MOCA

In 1983, as ground broke on MOCA, a provisional exhibition space was opened downtown and referred to as the Temporary Contemporary. The place was leased from the city for five years at one dollar a year. Once a Union Hardware building from 1947, it subsequently became a city warehouse and then a police garage before a renovation led by architect Frank Gehry changed it into the perfect public space. Gehry built a shaded plaza out of steel trusses and chain-link fencing while leaving the exteriors intact, highlighted the large gallery spaces with industrial effect. It soon became a popular destination, lauded as one of the great museum spaces, and MOCA, in turn, extended the lease for fifty years. The largest of the three MOCA spaces, the Geffen has some of the biggest and most stunning shows in town –however, it is also known for its frequent closures.

From the book 'The best things to do in Los Angeles – 1001 ideas', by Joy Yoon (Universe / Rizzoli International).

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152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles 213-621-1741