Museum Of Contemporary Art Celebrates Fifty Years!

Posted March 19th 2019


moCa Cleveland was founded in 1968 by Marjorie Talalay, Nina Sundell and Agnes Gund as The New Gallery to showcase important developments in contemporary art. moCa immediately attracted attention by introducing works of emerging, soon-to-be vanguard artists to Cleveland, such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Cindy Sherman for the first time, and continues the tradition of bringing today’s most compelling art and ideas to our region today. In 1974, the New Gallery became a non-profit, and in 1984, changed its name to Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Northeast Ohio’s only museum dedicated to showing contemporary art. In 2002, the organization’s name was changed to Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland to celebrate its rich history, and recognize its impact on NE Ohio’s art scene. In 2006, moCa announced relocation plans, and in 2011, broke ground for its new building.

In the fall of 2012, moCa’s new (fully funded) $27.2M building became the anchor for the new Uptown district of University Circle, a vibrant urban area with shops, eateries, housing and culture. moCa’s new home is often referred to as a “gem” in Cleveland, a beautiful, innovative, hexagonal space built to meet the needs of growing exhibitions, programs, and audiences, in an evolving cosmopolitan neighborhood among universities, medical institutions, cultural centers, and in close proximity to many Cleveland schools.

The Building

moCa’s standout, gem-like building is the first structure in the United States designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA). An instant icon for Cleveland’s revitalization and growth, the building often appears as a symbol of the city’s renaissance everywhere from The New York Times to Fodor’s to Architectural Digest.

44 percent larger than moCa’s former rented space, Moussavi’s design demonstrates that a museum expansion need not be large in scale to be ambitious in all respects. Devised for both environmental and fiscal sustainability, the design is at once technically inventive, visually stunning and highly practical.

The four-story, nearly 34,000-square-foot structure has the appearance of a geometric form that rises from a six-sided base to a four-sided top, producing eight triangles and trapezoids. The exterior building is sheathed in panels of reflective black stainless steel and is heated and cooled by geothermal wells located under the adjacent [Toby’s] plaza.

The Museum provides intimate spaces and opportunities to connect with the works of contemporary artists from around the world. From personal reflecting to family art-making to late-night mingling, the building masterfully accommodates wide-ranging experiences with contemporary art.

moCa’s 50th Anniversary Gala & Art Auction is it’s largest single annual fundraiser of the year.

Your sponsorship or ticket purchase has an immediate influence on making art and arts education accessible for all. Our sponsorship packages aim to spotlight the generosity and community impact of your personal giving or organization. As moCa celebrates our 50th year, we welcome Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler as Gala Chairs and Agnes Gund and Catherine Opie as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Individual Tickets: $300

PLEASE NOTE: If you received an invitation in the mail, the ticket pricing was mistakenly left off of the response card. We apologize for the inconvenience.

You can still respond in the following ways:
BY PHONE: Amanda Cole at 216.658.6919, and she can process your Gala ticket purchase
BY MAIL: A corrected response card will be mailed to you shortly

More information available here.

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