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'Collection: MOCA's First 30 Years,' Museum of Contemporary Art

To celebrate its anniversary, the Museum of Contemporary Art will turn over all 80,000 square feet of its gallery space on Grand Avenue and in Little Tokyo to a survey of some 500 diverse works chosen from the 6,000 it has acquired since the museum was conceived in 1979 (including Mark Rothko's "No. 46 (Black, Ochre, Red Over Red)" (1957), oil on canvas). Yes, those are a lot of numbers. But if, in light of last year's near-collapse of the fiscally mismanaged institution, since struggling to stabilize, you note some wishful optimism in the title, that's because the "first 30 years" means to suggest that the next 30 will be equally stellar in terms of the program. We'll have to wait and see about that. In the meantime, though, this exhibition, opening Nov. 15, ought to lay out just how remarkable MOCA's permanent collection actually is. MOCA, the Panza Collection, Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko
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