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Museum of Contemporary Art records, 1979-1986

Museum of Contemporary Art


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet

Summary: Correspondence; photos of committee members, and minutes and position papers of the Artists Advisory Committee during the development that led to Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. The minutes were taken by Joyce Dever and her handwritten notes are included. Also included are newspaper and magazine articles about the development of the museum.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art museum; Los Angeles, Calif. MOCA was opened in 1983 following planning by an Artists Advisory Committee and others who wished to establish an alternative, contemporary art museum. Planning sessions were held in late 1979 through 1982 in various artist committee members' studios or homes. DeWain Valentine was a key figure in the Museum's early development.


Donated 2000 by DeWain Valentine and the Artists Advisory Committee at MOCA, via Joyce Dever, a former MOCA administrator.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art records, 1979-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.