MOCA Launches Sales of Artist-Created Masks as Fundraising Tool
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PUBLISHED 10:59 AM PT Aug. 06, 2020PUBLISHED 10:59 AM PDT Aug. 06, 2020
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Starting Thursday, face masks designed by artists are available from the Museum of Contemporary Art's (MOCA) online store for $28 apiece, the museum announced.
A museum statement said the artists are Yoko Ono, Virgil Abloh, Mark Grotjahn, Alex Israel, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, Pipilotti Rist, Hank Willis Thomas, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.
What You Need To Know
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles commissioned famous artists to design face masks for them to sell
Many of the masks were exclusively designed by the artist, and others represent works from their catalog
All masks are made in L.A. with different fabrics depending on their design
The MOCA is partnering with the K11 and Qatar Museums to help with more distribution
Many of the masks were exclusively designed by the artists for this project while others represent works from the artist's catalog, according to the statement.
Yoko Ono's mask is called "A Piece of Sky" and consists of four blue patches on a white background.
All masks are crafted in Los Angeles and vary in fabric depending on the design, the statement said, adding that the shapes of the masks are meant to fit a wide range of faces, including children over 10 years old. The MOCA store can be accessed at moca.org/masks.
In an effort to extend mask distribution, MOCA said it is partnering with the K11 group and Qatar Museums.
The mask sales are designed to raise funds for MOCA, which says the project was made possible by L.A.-based denim brand Citizens of Humanity and MOCA Trustee Karyn Kohl, who donated all production costs so MOCA could benefit from each sale.
"Wearing a mask just got a whole lot cooler," said Kohl.