Last year will go down in MOCA history as a tumultuous year of board resignations and criticism of the museum's leadership, but it will not be known as the year in which gifts to the museum dried up.
The Museum of Contemporary Art reports that it has acquired a total of 117 pieces, through museum funds and gifts of artworks or money from donors, adding to a collection of more than 6,700 works.
MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch singled out several as particularly significant: a 1980 installation donated by Mike Kelley, an original storyboard for Kenneth Anger’s 1949 film "Puce Moment," a 1974-75 David Hammons body print, a 2012 gunpowder drawing by Cai Guo-Qiang (above), and a 2011 painting by Mark Bradford -- the first work by him to enter the MOCA collection.
One of his earliest installations, Kelley's "The Little Girl’s Room" had been shown at MOCA in 2011 as part of "Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981." Kelley gave the installation to the museum shortly before his death in January 2012.