In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland presents Double Takes: Historic and Contemporary Film + Video, an eleven-month film and video exhibition program presented in collaboration with KADIST, a global contemporary art organization located in Paris and San Francisco. Each month from October 19, 2018 until September 2, 2019, we will present one seminal work of early video or film with a contemporary video work from KADIST’s expansive international collection.
As the centerpiece of moCa’s 50th anniversary celebration suite of exhibitions, we present a group of seminal works by famed Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei. You Are Not a Stranger continues a dialogue with the artist, who we presented in his first solo exhibition in a US museum twenty years ago. From March 15—July 28, 2019, this presentation, which includes sculpture, photography, installation, and performance, offers a series of unique and powerful interactive experiences with art.
As the inaugural recipient of Toby’s Prize—a biennial award made possible by Toby Devan Lewis, philanthropist and a founding board member of moCa Cleveland—Sondra Perry (1986, Perth Amboy, NJ) presents A Terrible Thing, a new video and installation-based work. A Terrible Thing offers new ways of experiencing the often-invisible yet ever-present architecture, labor, and infrastructure of institutions, and in this case moCa Cleveland itself.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland was founded in 1968 by three intrepid women—Marjorie Talalay, Nina Sundell, and Agnes Gund—and was originally called The New Gallery, which was then Cleveland’s first art gallery dedicated to global contemporary art.
MOCA Cleveland presents the first major US solo museum exhibition of Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia). This exhibition brings together recent sculptures and a newly commissioned film.
Domanović is widely acclaimed for her work in sculpture, video, photography, and mixed-media. Her research-based practice pays particular attention to the role of specific individuals and historic developments that emerged over the last few decades at the intersections of science and technology, with an emphasis on the underrepresented role of women.
Gated Commune (2018) and
Claudia Comte (1983, Grancy, CHE) is a Swiss artist whose sculptures, large wall paintings, and immersive installations emerge from the artist’s interest in the shapes and forms of Modernism. For each new wall painting Comte creates a series of compositional parameters through which she builds striking optical designs that entirely reshape the architecture and space. Zigzags and Diagonals is the inaugural wall painting in a new and ongoing series of wall-based installations by contemporary artists in MOCA’s unique and visionary architectural spaces.
The forces that mount museum exhibitions are largely unseen and seldom understood. The invisible work of moving, installing, and maintaining an exhibition is a precisely coordinated physical effort known as art handling.
Art handlers, also called preparators, are responsible for packing, transporting, installing and maintaining artworks.
MOCA Cleveland hosts the exhibition, Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle. Organized by Grand Rapids Art Museum, the exhibition is Rockman’s most ambitious body of work to date. Rockman, an acclaimed painter and environmental activist, creates ecologically-focused works that seduce and provoke with equal verve. Blending extensive research, diverse techniques, and site-specific materials like sand or soil, Rockman’s paintings document history while also imagining future environments.
An Evening with Queen White (2017) is a mixed-media installation by Martine Syms (1988, Los Angeles, CA) that includes, 99 Subtle Maneuvers (2018), a new large-scale wallpaper work designed specifically for moCa, and a four-channel video displayed across three monitors and a projection screen. In this installation, Syms casts actress Fay Victor in the role of Queen White, a protagonist modeled after Syms’ great-aunt, godmother, and the famed Motown Records etiquette coach and director of ‘personal development’ Maxine Powell (1915-2013).