Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
|Location||11400 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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. The new building was designed by world-famous London architect Farshid Moussavi. The museum's new location, adjacent to Little Italy in University Circle, places it in the city's cultural hub.
Past exhibits have featured art by Andy Warhol, Christo, and Claes Oldenburg, 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 in regional group shows curated every two years.
MOCA’s more recent, critically acclaimed exhibitions have included The Teacher and the Student: Charles Rosenthal and Ilya Kabakov (2004), Yoshitomo Nara (2004), All Digital (2006), Diana Cooper (2008), Sam Taylor-Wood (2008), Hugging and Wrestling: Contemporary Israeli Photography and Video (2009), and Marilyn Minter: Orange Crush (2010).
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- Foreign Office Architects. "MOCA Cleveland board approves building new home in University Circle's Uptown development". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
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