Winter/Spring Exhibitions Opening Night

February 16, 2018 / 7:00pm

Free + Open to All

Join us to celebrate the opening of our Winter/Spring Exhibition Season, which explores the intersection of art, technology, and the body. Experience our new exhibitions, enjoy a performance of live experimental music, and express yourself in the Open Art Studio.

INDUCTION: Tauba Auerbach and Éliane Radigue invites you to experience how vibration and flow can induce states of consciousness through paintings, glass sculptures, and a sound installation that will physically move you as you lean against the gallery walls and feel its sonic pulse.

The Founder's Paradox: Simon Denny will present new sculptures, painting, and prints that reimagine popular board games to explore the idea of the "founder" in tech-business communities and the radical conservatism that has emerged from this sector.

Zigzags and Diagonals: Claudia Comte is a monumentally scaled, site-specific wall work on the Museum's ground floor, inaugurating MOCA's new Art Wall series in Gund Commons.

Mei-Jia & Ting-Ting & Chih-Fu & Sin-Ji: C. Spencer Yeh is a new sound work by the Brooklyn-based artist which explores singing voices based on the traditional Chinese performance of Kouji Kouji. Yeh will also perform his work RCA Mark II live at 8:00pm.

5:00 – 7:00pm | MEMBER PREVIEW

7:00pm | ARTIST TALK
Following a curatorial introduction to the season by Senior Curator Andria Hickey, artist Simon Denny reflects on the subjects and influences of his new work in The Founder’s Paradox.

8:00pm | C. SPENCER YEH: RCA MARK II
Experimental composer, musician, and visual artist C. Spencer Yeh gives a live quadraphonic performance of his 2017 LP RCA Mark II. RCA Mark II focuses on the mechanical sounds made by the once-groundbreaking RCA Mark II Electronic Music Synthesizer. In 1959, the Mark II was installed at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center at Columbia University, but it has not worked since 1997. Yeh’s 12-track LP captures acoustic sounds that Yeh made as he flipped switches, turned knobs, and plugged and unplugged cables on the machine. In this special opening night performance, Yeh, whose work also is exhibited in MOCA’s Stair A, creates a unique, one-of-a-kind live manipulation of these sounds.

8:30 – 10:00pm | ART, MUSIC, & MORE
Music from DJ NicNacc, Open Art Studio in 3rd Floor Learning Labs, Galleries Open for Exploration


Major support for INDUCTION: Tauba Auerbach and Éliane Radigue is provided by an Anonymous Donor, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky, John P. Murphy Foundation, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, and Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté. Generous support is provided by Maurice Marciano, Gina and Stuart Peterson, Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle, and Allison Rubler. Additional support is provided by the Robert Blumenthal Gallery, Suzi and Andrew B. Cohen, Linda and George Kurz, and Paula Cooper Gallery.

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of MOCA Cleveland. Community support provided by Courtyard Marriott, Cleveland University Circle.

Generous support for Simon Denny: The Founder's Paradox is provided by Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand, Toi Aotearoa.

Additional support provided by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, and Michael Lett / Andrew Thomas, Michael Lett Gallery.

Major support for Claudia Comte: Zigzags and Diagonals is provided by Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler. The exhibition is also made possible with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and the City of Lausanne.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.