Curated by Megan Lykins Reich
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. Over the last 50 years moCa has built upon the significant legacy left by the founders to become a leading force in Northeast Ohio’s cultural scene, recognized nationally and internationally for its presentation of contemporary art, and championing vanguard artists whose work represents the progressive ideas of our time.
This presentation, Sunrise is the heart of the Museum’s 50th anniversary programming. Sunrise is a legacy exhibition designed to honor moCa’s founders in a highly personal way. For the exhibition, their daughters—Catherine Gund, Margaret Sundell, and Kathy, Nina, and Lauren Talalay—have selected contemporary artworks that represent their mothers both personally and professionally, while speaking also to their vision, passion, and life-long interests.
The prints, drawings, paintings, videos, and sculptures that will be included in Sunrise are by some of the 20th Century’s most influential artists such as: Lynda Benglis, Merce Cunningham, Red Grooms, Roy Lichtenstein, Judy Pfaff, Andy Warhol, and Jackie Winsor. Works range from a seminal early sculpture by Jackie Winsor and ephemera from Robert Rauschenberg's collaboration with Merce Cunningham, to Andy Warhol’s Mao (1972), which hung in The New Gallery’s board room for years, and Roy Lichtenstein’s Sunrise (1978), an image he created as the gallery’s first logo. These and other artworks will be complemented by special documents and personal narratives that together paint insightful pictures of Marjorie (and her husband Anselm), Nina, and Agnes.