MOCA has been known as "the artist's museum" since its founding in 1979 because of hands-on support from its creative community. So what do L.A. artists think about the news of a possible acquisition by LACMA, which would create a combined organization run by LACMA Director Michael Govan?
Here are some early reactions.
John Baldessari, a former MOCA trustee said: "LACMA is an encyclopedic museum, but they are weak when it comes to contemporary art, and this would make their holdings in contemporary art better than the Metropolitan [Museum of Art in New York] in some ways. So that's pretty exciting."
He added: "I have incredible confidence in Michael and what he is trying to do. If you look at his track record, everything he's done before LACMA and here, it’s pretty umblemished."
Cindy Bernard, the co-founder of MOCA Mobilization, a grass-roots organization launched in 2008 to help support the museum’s independence, said: "Let’s just say I have mixed feelings.