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The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville promotes the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time. MOCA Jacksonville, a nonprofit visual arts educational institution and cultural institute of the University of North Florida, serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present.
GIDEON MENDEL: DROWNING WORLD
Second Floor Galleries
SEPTEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 9, 2018
In 2017, the State of Florida was ravaged by Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane on record to exist in the open Atlantic region. Jacksonville and the surrounding areas were profoundly affected not just by the fierce winds and rain, but also specifically by flooding; devastation which is still being felt by our community today. Internationally renowned photographer Gideon Mendel was invited to visit Jacksonville and the region in the immediate aftermath of Irma, and the images he captured at that time are not only a tribute to his ongoing project, Drowning World, but also bear testimony to a shared human tragedy in the wake of natural disasters and a shared culpability in the face of climate change.
PROJECT ATRIUM: CLAIRE ASHLEY
Close Encounters: Adam's Madam
JULY 7 – NOVEMBER 4, 2018
Scottish-born, Chicago-based artist Claire Ashley mines the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and Pop Art to transform ordinary materials into inflatable painted sculptures. Abstract and figural, Close Encounters: Adam's Madam recalls the quintessential image of God the father extending his arm to give life to the first human, Adam, in Michelangelo’s fresco The Creation of Adam, from the story of Genesis, in the Sistine Chapel. A self-proclaimed Sci-Fi geek, she also adapts alien scenes in Steven Spielberg’s movies Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. as well as abstract marks and imaginary places inspired by the work of American artist Frank Stella. At MOCA Jacksonville, Ashley creates fictional, humorous bodies, including a supersized cartoon-style hand that reaches down to touch visitors, to expose dramatic shifts in scale between sculpture and viewer.
IN THE WATER
SEPTEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 9, 2018
In conjunction with Gideon Mendel: Drowning World, this exhibition presents a selection of artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection focusing on the theme of water. Imagery includes idyllic seascapes, portraits of swimmers and beach-goers, and depictions of ships and boats. While the exhibition highlights humanity’s affinity for water and explores the myriad ways in which oceans, rivers, and pools provide outlets for leisure and enjoyment, the exhibition also includes works that portray floods and hurricanes. This presentation of works therefore points to both the beauty and potential peril of water.
A WORLD OF THEIR OWN
AUGUST 5 - DECEMBER 2, 2018
MOCA Jacksonville continues its partnership with Art with a Heart in Healthcare. For this exhibition, each artist started with a question, "If you could create your own world… what would it look like?" Painted on Mache and canvas, patients explored their personalities, stories, and identities in a three-dimensional form. Each patient partnered with an artist in residence of AWAHIH bringing out their natural talents and expanding their artistic expression while promoting self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience.
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