The Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the most vibrant attractions Miami has to offer. Often called the “MOCA,” this museum is renowned on an international level and attracts inventive artists from around the world. The museum focuses primarily on displaying contemporary art and creates its own exhibitions.
MOCA presents many educational opportunities for the public, and many of these are typically free of charge. Throughout the month, MOCA will host various lectures by world renowned artists, concerts, and even offer artistic film screenings every now and then. MOCA seeks to make art approachable to people of all ages, which makes it one of the most beloved attractions throughout all of Florida.
The Museum of Contemporary Art consists of a 23,000 square foot building. The architecture of the museum itself seems to reflect a modern and contemporary sentiment. The building was designed by renowned architecture firm Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, New York.
For museum goers who wish to spend the day at the MOCA, they may wish to eat lunch at the MOCA Cafe and Lounge. The MOCA Cafe offers a variety of refreshments and sandwiches for museum goers that decide to take a lunch break in between viewing the incredible artwork offered at the MOCA Museum.
There are many stunning pieces in the MOCA’s art collection. Many of these piece challenge conventional social assumptions, stereotypes, and traditions. A great piece that does this is “Justin Bond” by Catherine Opie. In this chromogenic print, a woman is depicted pointing into the sky with a look of wonderment. The piece challenges conventional gender roles as the woman is depicted wearing a tight corset on the outside of her outfit. The piece questions what it means to be truly feminine.
Another great piece recently acquired by the MOCA is “God” by Ragnar Kjartansson. The piece is a DVD installation and shows the conductor of an orchestra leading the various musical artists. As the conductor essentially controls production of the music, this piece of artwork challenges conventional notions of divinity.
As you can see, the MOCA offers a variety of paintings, prints, sculptures, and even new media that are cutting edge and capture the interest of museum goers.
Museum of Contemporary Art
770 Northeast 125th Street
North Miami, FL 33161-5654
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