Diplo – New owner of PhilaMOCA
A tour of the room upgrades and an explanation of what's left to do before reopening.
The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art announced on its Facebook page this month that it will reopen in April to celebrate its 10th anniversary after a city-imposed hiatus. The troubles for the gallery started in September when representatives from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections showed up in the middle of a concert, as the space was zoned as an art gallery.
Now, all that's sorted, the operating hours for concerts will be from 10am to 10.30 pm on weeknights, with an hour extension on weekends. Movie screenings will end at 1am for two screenings a night.
Celebrity DJ and music producer Diplo has owned the former tombstone and mausoleum showroom since 2007, when his Mad Decent record label bought the North 12th Street building for $300,000. The Callowhill building used to be Mad Decent’s headquarters, hosting the Mad Decent Block Party – a dance festival that Diplo has since taken to other cities in the US.
Photo: Mad Block Decent Party
Since its inception, The Mausoleum has become the home to recordings by artists like Christina Aguilera, Shakira, M.I.A., Santigold, Spank Rock, Plastic Little, Blaqstarr, Paper Route Gangstaz, and hosted concerts by Glass Candy, Skream, Boys Noize, Nicos Gun, and more. PhilaMOCA has received both national and international acclaim for its unique approach towards art curation. Notable annual events include ERASERHOOD FOREVER, a yearly celebration of David Lynch and his relationship with Philadelphia (past performers have included the actual Lady in the Radiator from Eraserhead and Xiu Xiu covering the Twin Peaks soundtrack), and the CINEDELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL, a two-and-a-half week celebration of alternative/underground film and pop culture.
PhilaMOCA is raising money on GoFundMe to help pay for the expenses incurred since September. They’ve raised over US$36,000, which has been used to cover rent, utilities, and fire code upgrades since September. They hope to raise US$50,000 to continue covering rent, utilities and remaining repairs until April.
Video: PhilaMOCA FB
Housed in the historic Finney & Son building, a former showroom for mausoleums that dates back to 1865, The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) is a multipurpose art space that proudly showcases the best in underground, alternative, and DIY culture with a concentration on film and performance. PhilaMOCA hosts 250+ events a year ranging from film premieres to art exhibitions to fashion showcases. The mission is a mystery.
Photo: PhilaMOCA FB
Philadelphia-based tombstone and mausoleum business from the mid-1860s through the 1960s was vacant until the 1980s when it was briefly inhabited by a sculptor from a local art college. Diplo purchased the building in the mid-00’s and used it as the headquarters of his Mad Decent record label and Mad Decent Block Party.
PhilaMOCA is located at 531 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Follow Us On