In My American Dream, his first solo museum exhibition, artist Keith Mayerson offers a distinctive view of the American Dream at a critical moment in our sociopolitical landscape. Presenting more than 100 paintings from a twenty-year body of work, My American Dream weaves together famous figures, iconic events, inspiring landscapes, and personal experiences into a vibrant cosmology.
Constant as the Sun is the third installment in MOCA Cleveland’s series of thematic group exhibitions focusing on artists working in or deeply connected to the region, including artists working in cities in Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, and Eastern Michigan. Presenting ten artists or artist collectives, the exhibition features new and recent work that explores diverse approaches to portraying, building, and connecting community.
Lu Yang (b. 1984, Shanghai) creates provocative and imaginative work that interrogates what it means to be human in the 21st century. Lu’s videos, sculptures, and installations investigate how neuroscience, medical and digital technology, and the Internet are changing society. Through her exploration of digital culture and technology, Lu goes so far as to purport to “live” on the Internet.
MOCA will present the first US museum exhibition of this intimate collaborative installation by British artist Phil Collins (b. 1970, Runcorn, UK). The work features six listening booths housing 7” vinyl recordings of original songs that the artist created in collaboration with guests of a homeless shelter in Cologne, Germany, as well as with Collins’ vast network of musicians.
Timed with the fifth anniversary of MOCA Cleveland’s Farshid Moussavi-designed building, A Poethical Wager explores the ethical dimension of works that use abstraction, minimalism, and assemblage to approach complex ideas that cannot be addressed through representation. Emblematic of an increasing global dependence on abstract transactions that occur largely outside of our vision and comprehension, the works in the exhibition manifest the complexity of modern life in both form and process.
MOCA Cleveland presents the work of Tauba Auerbach (b. 1981, San Francisco) in a prototype for an exhibition format that explores the idea of artistic relationships and influential practices. In this format, an artist is invited to collaborate and/or show their work in dialogue with an artist who has impacted their work over time.
MOCA Cleveland presents a new body of work by Simon Denny (b. 1982, Auckland) that includes painting, sculpture, and drawing, marking a notable integration of new forms for the artist. Denny is a Berlin-based artist whose work explores the ways in which media and technology influence human behavior and determine how we operate as consumers.
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.
MOCA Cleveland presents the first major US solo museum exhibition of Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia). Domanović’s research-based practice pays particular attention to the role of specific individuals within recent and historic developments at the intersections of science and technology, often emphasizing the underrepresented role of women. The show will include new commissions together with selections from Domanović’s recent video, sculpture, and installation work.
In celebration of MOCA Cleveland’s 50th anniversary year in 2019, the Museum will mount an ambitious exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Liu Wei (b. 1972, Beijing), the artist’s first US museum exhibition. The exhibition represents a formal collaboration between MOCA Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Different aspects of Liu Wei’s diverse practice will be shown at each venue.