Photo courtesy Tom Marioni.
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In 1970, Tom Marioni founded the Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA), which he described at the time as “a large-scale social work of art.” Until the museum closed in 1984, he organized many groundbreaking shows, including Sound Sculpture As in 1970. MOCA has entered history as one of the first alternative art spaces. Marioni had one-person shows in several significant venues for early conceptual art, among them the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh in 1972 and Gallery Foksal in Warsaw in 1975. In 1977 he had a solo show, The Sound of Flight, at the de Young.
After the closing of MOCA, Marioni continued his commitment to “a social work of art" with the ongoing Society of Independent Artists. The Archives of MOCA were purchased by the Berkeley Art Museum in 1994.