Museum of Contemporary Art records

Collection ID:
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Physical Description:
2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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
Biographical / Historical
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.

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

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing 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.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art museums -- California -- Los Angeles Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Valentine, De Wain, 1936- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dever, Joyce Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001