MOCA CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS SERIES DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 30TH
Anthony Hernandez, Lake Elsinore #2, detail, 1982. Gelatin silver print 12 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (31.75 x 46.99 cm). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gift of The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection.

MOCA CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS SERIES DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 30TH

SERIES EXPLORES THE URGENT AND INTERSECTING ISSUES AROUND CLIMATE, CULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

LOS ANGELES — The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is proud to launch MOCA Climate Conversations this September. Bringing together writers, scientists, artists, activists, historians, and educators, the series features conversations that explore the urgent and intersecting issues of climate breakdown, human health, and social justice. The MOCA Climate Conversations series will create a space for learning and action by engaging pressing topics and inspiring awareness around climate, culture, and environmental justice.

MOCA Climate Conversations debuts on September 30th with theFluid States symposium, which takes place in the Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand Avenue from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Attendees will engage in two thought-provoking sessions, starting with “Artist-led Activism,” which will explore the intricate connections between creative practice, placemaking, and ecological justice, followed by “Coastal Communities”, which will examine ancient narratives of encroaching water, discuss projections of coastal change, and offer insights on vital adaptations needed to protect our planet.

Participants include Executive Director of Sky High Farm, Josh Bardfield; artists Dan Colen and Emma Robbins; curators Laura Copelin, Adrianne Ramsey, and Isabella Robbins; scholars Kristina Hill and Benjamin Strauss; Cultural Roots Nursery founder Li Schmidt; and Sarah Workneh, Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, among others. The series is organized by Kelsey Shell, MOCA’s Environmental & Sustainability Strategist, with Alitzah Oros, Public Programming Associate.

MOCA Climate Conversations continue throughout the fall. On October 12th, the series features a screening of artist Regina de Miguel’s film Catábasis, followed by a conversation. On November 16, MOCA Climate Conversations presents a screening of Canary, a documentary about climate scientist Dr Lonnie Thompson, followed by a dialogue with the filmmakers. On December 3rd, the second symposium of the season, Urban Ecologies, will bring together artists Jessa Calderon and Carolina Caycedo, journalist Adam Mahoney, and scholar Karen Seto, among others.

MOCA Climate Conversations are part of MOCA’s environmental programming–an extension of the museum’s efforts around climate, conservation, and environmental justice. Guided by the work of the MOCA Environmental Council, the first sustainability council at a major arts museum in the United States, environmental programming at MOCA presents artists, activists, and scholars committed to critical ecological issues in Los Angeles and globally. 

The 2023 MOCA Climate Conversations series is made possible by Nora McNeely Hurley and Manitou Fund.Open to all, MOCA Climate Conversations are free with advance registration. Complete listings details are below.

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SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS:
All programs are free with advance registration. Capacity is limited. Livestreaming available for daylong programs on September 30th and December 3rd. For the full program, livestream, and ticketing details, please visit moca.org/programs.

MOCA Climate Conversations: Fluid States 
Saturday, September 30th: 11 am – 4:30 pm 

Screening and Q&A: Catábasis 
Thursday, October 12th: 6 – 8 pm 

Screening and Q&A: Canary 
Thursday, November 16th: 6 – 8 pm 

MOCA Climate Conversations: Urban Ecologies 
Sunday, December 3rd: 11 am – 4:30 pm

WHO

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA)
Founded in 1979, MOCA is the defining museum of contemporary art. In a relatively short period of time, MOCA has achieved astonishing growth; a world-class collection of nearly 8,000 objects, international in scope with deep holdings in Los Angeles art; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time; and cutting-edge engagement with new modes of media production. MOCA is a not-for-profit institution that relies on a variety of funding sources for its activities.

MUSEUM ADMISSION:
General admission to MOCA is free courtesy of Carolyn Clark Powers. Admission to Paul Pfeiffer: Prologue to the Story of the Birth of Freedom and other special exhibitions at MOCA is $18 for adults, $10 for students with ID and seniors (+65), and free for children under twelve and jurors with ID. Special exhibitions are free every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm as part of Together Thursdays courtesy of Cliff and Mandy Einstein. MOCA members always receive free admission to special exhibitions. 

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September 30, 2023
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