Curated by Megan Lykins Reich

March 15, 2019August 11, 2019

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.


All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Grosvie and Charlie Cooley, Becky Dunn, Lauren Rich Fine, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Kohl Family, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, Roy Minoff, and Scott and Kelly Mueller. 

All moCa Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of moCa Cleveland.

Major support for Sunrise provided by Toby Devan Lewis

Additional support for Sunrise provided by the 50th Anniversary Board of Directors Fund.