Art institutions around the world are reaching into homes all over the world through the internet, showcasing recorded performances and offering classes that are expanding people’s artistic horizons even as they shelter in place. And the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is no exception.
Though closed, the museum has launched online content to support its mission to make contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences. From home, visitors can view two MOCA exhibits through 360-degree photographic scans, and automated tours provide guided exhibit walkthroughs as well. The exhibits are “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen” and “Poetic Invocations.” The former is the first major U.S. solo exhibition of the influential Chilean-born artist, covering her commitment to exploring people, materials and landscapes displaced and discarded during a time of global climate change. The latter is the first solo show of French-Mexican surrealist Alice Rahon’s work in the U.S. in 55 years. Guest curated by art historian Tere Arcq, it examines Rahon’s art created during the early 1940s when many European artists escaped to Mexico due to World War II.
Other virtual features include weekly “close looks” at past exhibits such as “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” and the 2019 South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition. “Collection Focus” examines the museum’s permanent collection, including “Collection Focus: Works on Paper from 1960-1980s.” Every Friday brings the “Fun Fridays” series, giving visitors free at-home art projects inspired by contemporary artists, techniques, and accessible art making.
“We are living in a challenging time, with unprecedented disruption of life in Miami-Dade and around the world. Art and its impact on our well-being is invaluable in every way,” said MOCA Executive Director Chana Budgazad Sheldon. “That is why at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, will continue our mission to make contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences. While our doors are temporarily closed, we continue to serve, connect and inspire our community virtually.”