“Art in the Streets” Closes August 8, 2011

Swoon's "Ice Queen"

“The Ice Queen,” a huge 360° installation by Swoon made from paper, towers over viewers.

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Last Weeks for MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” Near Little Tokyo/Arts District Gold Line Station

We just had to return for a second visit to MOCA’s “Art in the Streets,” before that spectacular show at the Geffen Museum of Contemporary Art in Little Tokyo closes on August 8, 2011.

Banksy's "This Is a Pipe"

Banksy does a takeoff on a famous painting by Magritte.

Our previous post about “Art in the Streets” went into detail about the show and the artists. This time, we saw some works we missed during our first visit. We also took more time going through the timeline that traces the development of this art form and found it very informative.

One fascinating aspect of this show is the selection of large installations, some created just for this exhibition.  Street artists such as the redoubtable Banksy and Swoon, one of the very few women in this ultra-macho genre, who created the the amazing paper sculpture installation pictured at the top of this post, are exhibiting works that go well beyond painting on walls. An interactive piece by Belgian street artist ROA changes when you open or close the door panels.

A large mural by ROA that changes as door panels are moved

Opening/closing doors changes this interactive piece by ROA at MOCA’s “Art in the Streets.”

We were amused by the inclusion of anti-graffiti posters in the show, including one from the Los Angeles Metro system.

We enjoyed ourselves at least as much this time as we did during our first visit, and we hope you can see it before it closes on August 8.

LA Metro anti-graffiti poster

The LA Metro system doesn’t want graffiti on their trains and buses.

A caution, though: we walked into the museum without any wait early Monday afternoon, but by the time we left at around 3:00 p.m., there was a very long line waiting to get in. Expect a crowd to be there when admission is free on Mondays, thanks to Banksy’s sponsorship, and on Thursday evenings, thanks to Wells Fargo.

Line waiting for admission

A long line waits for free admission to “Art in the Streets.”

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Museum Hours
Sunday           11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday          11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday           Closed
Thursday      11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday           11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Satday           11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.


General Admission: $10
Students with ID: $5
Seniors (65+): $5
Children under 12: Free
Jurors with ID: Free

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is free Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. Free Thursdays at MOCA is presented by Wells Fargo.

“Art in the Streets” is free Mondays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. thanks to British street artist Banksy.

map fron Little Tokyo Gold Line Metro Station to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is a short 3 block walk from the Little Tokyo/Arts District Gold Line station.

The museum is just a short walk from the Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Gold Line Station. When exiting the Gold Line, cross the tracks and walk west along First Street. Turn right into the pedestrian mall alongside the Japanese American National Museum and continue north to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on your right.

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1 Response to “Art in the Streets” Closes August 8, 2011

  1. Janet Kusnick says:

    Great arts info…thanks!

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