February 18, 2021June 5, 2021

“What happens when we proceed as if we know this, antiBlackness, to be the ground on which we stand, the ground from which we to attempt to speak, for instance, an “I” or a “we” who know, an “I” or a “we” who care?"

—Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

Imagine Otherwise expresses the boundlessness and fierceness of Black imagination and love despite ongoing antiBlack violence as it thinks with Christina Sharpe’s groundbreaking book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. Featuring artists Shikeith, Imani Dennison, Amber N.

July 1, 2020June 5, 2021
British artist Martin Creed made the first version of his text-based sculpture Work No. 3398 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT in 1999. One of his most iconic works, variations of the site-responsive neon continue to appear in different sizes and colors throughout the world. The sculpture is emblematic of Creed’s artistic practice, which uses language, ordinary materials, and everyday interventions to communicate with the larger public. Commissioned for moCa’s Gund Commons, Creed’s Work No.
February 18, 2021June 5, 2021

Naeem Mohaiemen combines films, installations, and essays, to explore histories of rhizomatic families, malleable borders, and socialist utopias.  

January 31, 2020January 2, 2021
American artist Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001) died at the young age of thirty-three, just as her work was gaining recognition and prominence. that’s where the beauty is., brings to light the astonishing visual complexity of Kilgallen’s short career, highlighting the major themes that unify her multilayered practice. Kilgallen’s work brings front and center an aesthetic that reminds us we need not look only within the commercial mainstream or readily accessible narratives for inspiration and empowerment.
January 31, 2020January 2, 2021

“Historically Indigenous and Black artists have been visionaries in our struggles and movements. They have also affirmed our presence—created temporary spaces of joy and freedom, and enabled me to go on. In the academy I think about things, and lecture about things, but in performance I can set up space together with an audience to share something different. I really liked creating these islands of freedom, little glimpses of freedom where we stand together and we get to feel, just for a second maybe, what freedom might be like, and to get that feeling into our bones.

June 5, 2020September 6, 2020

Events and Timeline

The Breath of Empty Space, a traveling exhibition of drawings by Shaun Leonardo organized by independent curator John Chaich, was scheduled for moCa’s 2020 summer season by former Executive Director Jill Snyder and Chief Curator Courtenay Finn. This was to have been moCa’s second engagement with Mr.

September 13, 2019January 5, 2020

Every Sunday for the past eighteen years, Byron Kim has taken the time to look upward and capture a portrait of the sky onto a fourteen-by-fourteen-inch canvas. The ongoing series—aptly titled Sunday Paintings—captures the ever-changing colors of our shared sky while simultaneously operating as a record of Kim’s life. In addition to soft washes of color—vibrant blue, stormy gray, wispy white—each painting contains a short rumination on the day or week, which Kim writes directly onto the surface of the canvas, alongside the specific time and place where the painting was created.

April 27, 2019January 5, 2020

Catherine Opie’s site-responsive work The Outside-Inside, Installation for moCa Cleveland (2019) reimagines the interior architecture of moCa as a window onto the larger landscape of Lake Erie. Applied directly to the surfaces of moCa’s Gund Commons and Kohl Atrium & Monumental Staircase, Opie’s installation consists of eight different images, each of which was shot in Cleveland as part of a 2011 commission for the Cleveland Clinic.

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