Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
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Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami is located in Florida
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Location within Florida
Established 1994
Location 770 NE 125 Street
North Miami, Florida, United States
Coordinates 25°53′25″N 80°11′00″W / 25.89041°N 80.18325°W / 25.89041; -80.18325
Type Art museum
Director Babacar M'Bow
Curator Babacar M'Bow

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is a collecting museum located in the heart of downtown North Miami, Florida. MoCA offers visitors both temporary exhibitions and exhibitions of its collection. The 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) structure was designed by the internationally acclaimed architecture firm Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, New York, which worked in conjunction with the Miami firm of Gelabert-Navia to create the building.[1]


The Museum of Contemporary Art began as the Center for Contemporary art in a single gallery space in 1981. In 1996, the museum opened a new building, following the establishment of its permanent collection in 1995.

MOCA’s Optic Nerve is recognized as an important forum for emerging artists working in film. Since its inception in 2000, over 220 artists have been featured in this series, many of them publicly presenting their work for the first time.[2][3]

In the fall of 2014, a longtime conflict between the City of North Miami and the museum's board of trustees led to the establishment of a new arts organization, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami's Design District. The split came after a lawsuit claimed that the City of North Miami failed to meet its obligation to the museum, damaging its reputation. The lawsuit was eventually settled and as a condition, approximately 70 percent of MOCA's 700 works of art were gifted to the city. 200 pieces were to be held by the new organization, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami).[4][5]

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  1. ^ "MOCA /Mission Statement & History". 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  2. ^ North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art Retrieved 27 December 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Thomason, John (August 19, 2013). "Optic Nerve Video Festival at Museum of Contemporary Art". Boco Ratan Magazine. Retrieved 27 December 2014. Miami’s Optic Nerve Video Festival, now in its 15th prestigious year at the Museum of Contemporary Art, caters to the latter category, in which visual innovation trumps storytelling mechanics. Selected by a panel of expert curators from such far-flung locales as Norway, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, the festival will screen 14 films and videos running less than five minutes in length, all of them produced within the past two years. The winning work will earn a place in MOCA’s permanent collection. Some of the most anticipated films/videos include Juwon Lee’s “Hidden Stories of Super Mario Brothers;” Cindy Hinant’s “SELFISH;” Jon Rafman’s “In the Realms of Gold;” and “How to Hide From Cameras,” a piece by Jillian Mayer, the only Florida artist to make it into this year’s competition (she’s from Plantation). 
  4. ^ "North Miami council approves MOCA settlement, downtown plans". Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  5. ^ "In spat with North Miami, MOCA files suit". Retrieved 2015-06-24. 

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