MOCA Director Johanna Burton

I Go Back to Roland Barthes’ Work When I Need Recalibration

Johanna Burton is an art historian, critic, curator, and the Maurice Marciano Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Before taking part in the Zócalo, Thomas Mann House, and L.A. Review of Books program “How Should Arts Institutions Navigate the Culture Wars?”—part of the two-day conference “Arts in Times of Crises”—Burton joined us in the green room to talk about barrel racing, growing up in Nevada, and what makes a good museum object label.

If Only It Were as Simple as ‘Make Art Not War’

Commerce and Politics Battle for the Hearts and Minds of 21st-Century Artists

“Is it an obligation of the artist to address war in a time of war?”

Artillery editor Tulsa Kinney opened a Zócalo/MOCA discussion in front of an engaged and curious crowd …

Where Does FOMO Come From?

MIT’s Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, tells Zócalo Public Square Publisher Gregory Rodriguez how social media has heightened our fear of …

How the 1990s Made L.A. a Cultural Engine

At “Were the ’90s L.A.’s Golden Age?”, a Zócalo/Museum of Contemporary Art event, MOCA’s chief curator, Helen Molesworth, explained how the 1990s transformed Los Angeles into a major force in …