MOCA, the Los Angeles-based contemporary art museum, had the city buzzing over the past several months, thanks to their “Art in the Streets” exhibition … which gave their location record attendance.
The exhibition — focused on the history of graffiti and street art — was the most attended show in its history, drawing 201,352 visitors during its run from April 17 to August 8.
MOCA say they expect attendance to double within this calendar year.
“It is my mission to increase MOCA’s attendance and to engage new audiences,” said MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch. “‘Art in the Streets’ reflected a wide array of creative disciplines and local communities, and these record-breaking attendance figures go a long way to doubling the museum’s attendance this year.”
The exhibition, which was held at the museum’s Geffen Contemporary space in Little Tokyo, said it’s previous top-attended exhibitions were the 2002 Andy Warhol retrospective with 195,000 visitors, and the 2007 Takashi Murakami show with 149,323 visitors.
However, according to the Los Angeles Times, “Art in the Street” ran for more weeks than the Warhol show — about 16 weeks versus 12 weeks, respectively. Compared to the same timelines, the Warhol exhibition appears to be the winner.
Daily average attendance for “Art in the Streets” was 2,486, and in the final week, the show brought in 32,278 visitors.
The “Art in the Streets” exhibit featured works by a who’s who list of artists — including Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Mister Cartoo, Estevan Oriol, Retna, and many others.
The exhibition drew criticism from some who contended that it attracted illegal taggers to the neighborhood surrounding the museum, reports the Times.
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