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) will have a solo exhibition at moCa Cleveland in the spring of 2019.
Catherine Opie’s site-responsive work The Outside-Inside, Installation for moCa Cleveland (2019) reimagines the interior architecture of moCa as a window to the larger landscape of Lake Erie. Applied directly to the surfaces of moCa’s Gund Commons, Kohl Atrium and Monumental Staircase, Opie’s installation consists of eight different images, each of which was shot onsite in Cleveland as part of a 2011 invitation to make new work for the Cleveland Clinic.
In Louise Lawler’s Birdcalls (1978–81), the names of twenty-eight well-known male artists have been sounded out into birdcalls. Using her own voice, Lawler transforms each artist’s first and last name into a nuanced birdcall, ranging in depth from a shrill squawk to a manic chatter.
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.
In celebration of moCa’s 50th anniversary the Museum will presents a special collection of portraits by Cleveland based artist Abe Frajndlich (1946, Frankfurt, Germany; lives in Cleveland). Frajndlich is internationally recognized for his work portraying artists, celebrities, and cultural icons. We present a series of intimate portraits of significant artists and figures from the Museum’s early years, those who began to establish our legacy.
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.
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.