LA MOCA anti-war mural
Date of Action: December 15, 2010
Region: North America
Location: Los Angeles, California
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Painting, Public Art
Confronting Bodies: LA Museum of Contemporary Art
Description of Artwork: An anti-war mural was painted by the Italian street artist Blu on a wall of the Geffen Contemporary building which featured military-style coffins draped in dollar bills rather than flags.
The Incident: MOCA had commissioned Blu to paint a mural as a part of its "Art in the Streets" exhibition. The museum did not receive a proposal from Blu prior to starting the work and upon seeing it, MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch said that the mural was insensitive to a neighborhood that includes a Veterans Affairs hospital and a war memorial to Japanese American soldiers.
Results of Incident: MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch ordered a whitewash of the mural.