MOCA Hosts Three-day Opening Weekend Festivities Oct. 6-8 Art & Architecture Celebration Features Parties, Family Fun

August 20, 2012

CLEVELAND – The highly anticipated opening of the new Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) will feature three days of celebration, October 6-8, with activities for museum members, out-of-town guests and the general public. This blockbuster weekend is designed to showcase the iconic building, the art of our times, and the versatility of MOCA’s exciting new home at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road in the new Uptown neighborhood. 

Honorary chairs for the opening weekend festivities are Agnes Gund, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis and Scott Mueller. 
 
Saturday night – a spellbinding event 
The magical weekend begins with HEX, a three-tiered party on Saturday night, October 6. A bewitching VIP event, from 6-8 p.m. will honor Farshid Moussavi, the building architect, along with artists in the inaugural exhibition. The VIP party will feature hors d’oeuvres and complimentary bar. Guests can stay until the party ends at midnight. This first tier is priced at $150 for MOCA members and $200 for non-members. Call MOCA at 216-421-8671 to request an invitation. 
 
Beginning at 8 p.m., beguiling surprises await guests, who will party to musical performances and DJs in the building and on Toby’s Plaza at Case Western Reserve University on the east side of the new museum. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available in the outdoor lounge. Avante garde New York DJ Oneohtrix Point Never (nee Daniel Lopatin), whose acclaimed experimental compositions on vintage synthesizers have brought him to the forefront of the modern electronic music scene, is among the performers and artists who will transform the space and party with innovative sounds and visual experiences. 
 
Other slated entertainment includes: The Immigrant Suns, a Romany-style band whose exotic style is inspired by global ethnic music, especially European Gypsy music; Buffalo-based Ay Fast (Adrian Bertolone), a Cleveland native, creates sonic imagery soundscapes that span a host of electronic sub-genres; and Nick Schiarizzi, the DJ from CHERYL, a Brooklyn performance collective who revel in the joyous power of dance. Tickets for the 8 p.m. event ($50 for members; $75 for non-members) are available now at www.MOCAcleveland.org.
At 10 p.m., the late night crowd will rock the new MOCA until midnight, enjoying light snacks and a cash bar in the outdoor lounge. Limited tickets for entry at 10 p.m. will be available at www.MOCAcleveland.org starting Sept. 4. 
 
Saturday’s party is sponsored by University Hospitals and HUGO BOSS. For nearly two decades, the Fashion Group, HUGO BOSS, has championed contemporary art through global sponsorships and exhibitions.
 
Sunday – just for MOCA members
Sunday, Oct. 7 is MOCA Member Day. From noon – 5 p.m. members can enjoy a day of family-friendly activities, meet MOCA’s new ArtSquad, enjoy performances and light refreshments, and explore the new galleries for the first time. Free, timed tickets must be reserved beginning Aug. 20 at www.MOCAcleveland.org, where new or renewing memberships can also be purchased.
 
Monday – it’s free for all
On Monday Oct. 8, to celebrate its first open day to the public, MOCA admission will be free to all. Between 1- 6 p.m., guests can explore MOCA’s new home and its new Uptown neighborhood. Family-friendly activities are planned throughout the day, and light refreshments will be available for purchase. Free timed tickets must be reserved beginning Aug. 20 at www.MOCAcleveland.org. 
 
This Free Public Day is sponsored by PNC.
 
MOCA, founded in 1968, is a leading force in Northeast Ohio’s cultural scene and is recognized nationally and internationally for its presentation of the art and ideas of our time.
 
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