Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

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Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)
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Established 1968
Location 11400 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Director Jill Snyder
Curator David Norr
Website MOCA Cleveland

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, better known by its acronym, MOCA, is a contemporary art museum located in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Talalay, Agnes Gund, and Nina Castelli Sundell as The New Gallery, the museum was renamed the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art in 1984. In order to expand its exhibition space, in 1990 the museum moved to a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) former Sears store on Carnegie Avenue that is now part of the Cleveland Play House complex which was renovated by Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc. to retrofit the space. In 2002, CCCA changed its name to Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

On October 8, 2012 the new $27.2 million home for MOCA opened to the public at the corner of Mayfield Road and Euclid Avenue.[1] The new building was designed by world-famous London architect Farshid Moussavi.[2] The museum's new location, adjacent to Little Italy in University Circle, places it in the city's cultural hub.


Works by such artists as Andy Warhol, Christo, and Claes Oldenburg are regularly shown, and past exhibits have featured art by Jim Hodges and Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, among others. The museum places a special focus on artists from Greater Cleveland and the rest of Northeastern Ohio. During the course of its three annual exhibition seasons, MOCA presents works by emerging local artists through the PULSE series, and works by local female artists under 30 through the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series.

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  1. ^ Northeast Ohio. "Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland to open permanent home after 44 years on the move". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  2. ^ Foreign Office Architects. "MOCA Cleveland board approves building new home in University Circle's Uptown development". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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Coordinates: 41°30′32″N 81°36′17″W / 41.509008°N 81.604753°W / 41.509008; -81.604753 (MOCA Cleveland)