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Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI)

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Wangechi Mutu's Fantastic Journey: An Interview with Curator Trevor Schoonmaker

by Allyson Parker
This season, MOCA North Miami opened its doors to the touring exhibition of Wangechi Mutu’s first museum survey in the US. A Fantastic Journey, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art, features over fifty works across the artist's career from the 1990s to present. ArtSlant got a chance to sit down with Schoonmaker for the inside scoop on Mutu, the exhibition, and its impact on the contemporary arts. Allyson Parker: A Fantastic Journey is Wangechi Mutu’s first survey in the US and ha... [more]
Posted by Allyson Parker on 6/16/14
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Portraying the Power of the Persona

by Eduardo Alexander Rabel
Photographer Dawoud Bey's impressive retrospective at MoCA surveys more than three decades of work created after his breakthrough project, Harlem U.S.A. Bey's bold images combine authenticity with aesthetics, grappling with the question of how photography can convey the "least untrue self." The seven distinct series on view represent the diversity within specific communities—especially African Americans and youth. As a Black artist, Bey has always been acutely aware of the need for images that present Black people with integrity and self-respect. And as a college educator, Bey sees young a... [more]
Posted by Eduardo Alexander Rabel on 8/31/13
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Bill Viola is a Mad Genius

Bill Viola’s “Liber Insularum” is, in a word, powerful.  It brings to mind the transcendental power of Ann Hamilton’s recent Park Avenue Armory show, “The Event of a Thread,” where billowy white curtains coupled with pulley supported swings worked in concert with the monotonous readings of philosophical and spiritual prose.  Here, instead of integrating the viewer into a strange world created through participatory installation, Viola uses digital media as a tool to directly communicate with and even separate his audience from the artistic creation, giving them the space to observe and contemplate th... [more]
Posted by Seanica Howe on 3/12/13
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Changing It Up, Or Down

by Eduardo Alexander Rabel
This challenging yet playful exhibition at MOCA, North Miami brings together work by various international contemporary artists whose work involves interventions in, or modifications of, pre-existing cultural forms, objects, or materials. There is a deliberately oblique quality to much of the work, which can be either intriguing or off-putting depending on one's point of view. I found many of the works to be highly engaging, while others were less satisfactory. In any case, the museum's printed "Gallery Guide" booklet was helpful in terms of understanding each artist's processes and concerns. Am... [more]
Posted by Eduardo Alexander Rabel on 10/10/11
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Making a leap….Ryan Trecartin and Marshall McLuhan

by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle
It is the business of the future to be dangerous….it’s the business of the past to be uncanny.  --Marshall McLuhan In June, Ryan Trecartin’s exhibition, “Any Ever,” opened concurrently at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City and the Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Miami. In July, Marshall McLuhan’s centenary birthday sparked an exciting re-mix of contemplation and criticism all over the net, exploring themes that are not far away from those found in “Any Ever,” such as time, place, and identity. Whether accident of nature or curatorial strategy, from this positioning of events emerges a point of... [more]
Posted by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle on 7/31/11
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Reusing for Art’s Sake

by Gretchen Wagoner
Installations comprised of various prismatic and patterned fabric, stuffed animals, old clothing with GAP labels, are all jumbled and tied together in small bundles.  Larger bales featuring discarded clothing stacked in methodical order from dark values down to lighter ones mimic Benjamin Moore paint chips.  A canopy of ribbons and multi-colored cloths hang from the ceiling while paintings filled with both calligraphic and graffiti-like marks mingle with bits of fabric, beads, and feathers in a frenetic energy that looks as if it could jump from the canvas and onto the wall. There is a... [more]
Posted by Gretchen Wagoner on 9/19/10
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Selections from MOCANOMI

Highlighting works from MOCA’s permanent collection, this exhibition includes key pieces such as an early painting by Leon Golub, sculpture relief by Robert Morris, an installation by Rivane Neuenschwander, work by pioneering feminist artist Hannah Willke, photographs by Elad Lassry and a video projection by Alex Hubbard, among  other pivotal works in MOCA’s holdings.  Pivot Points IV is co-curated by MOCA Executive Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater and MOCA Associate Curator Ruba Katrib. [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/19/10
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Claire Fontaine

Paris-based artist, Claire Fontaine, took her name from a popular brand of school notebooks and declared her self a “readymade artist” in 2004. This exhibition incorporates older works, including sculptures, light pieces, videos, text works as well as new interventions by Fontaine. In addition, there is a screening area showing films and videos that have influenced Fontaine’s work.  Managed by her “assistants,” Fontaine’s practice is deeply imbedded in collaborative modes of working and questioning possibilities for social change.  Fontaine explores the politics, theorists, and artis... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/9/10
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Watch Your Step

by Nancy Jones
With daily warnings of environmental disasters on top of sleazy Wall Street frauds, it appears everyone’s on hyper-alert today waiting for the next shocker. Truth is, most people will just tune out and get on with it, vente Starbucks in hand.  Though if you live in steamy struggling South Florida you’ll probably crank up the A/C and hit those Craigslist Classifieds again.   Or bag the whole thing and head for the beach.Here’s a better idea. Take off your sunglasses and give your brain cells a workout. Get over to the remarkable Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the place high-profi... [more]
Posted by Nancy Jones on 6/27/10
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Easy Does It

by ArtSlant Team
  From the Press Release: This mid-career survey is Floyer’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, featuring multi-media works from the late 1990s to the present. The exhibition is part of MOCA’s Knight Exhibition Series and is curated by MOCA Executive Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater. Floyer’s deceptively, minimal conceptual works emerge from her daily experiences rather than from theory.  Many of her trigger points result from peripheral observations of everyday non-events and her work often deals with the structure and syntax of the English language. Her works... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 4/11/10
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Pablo Cano Performances

by E-Slant Team
Cavaletti’s Dream, a signature marionette production by Miami artist Pablo Cano, returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for a series of special anniversary performances.  The production features Cano’s enchanting marionettes and rod puppets created from found objects, and combines elements of Italian chivalry and Greek mythology as it follows an 18th century knight on his quest for immortality.  When not in performance, the marionettes and set will be on view at MOCA as an exhibition during museum hours.   For tickets and information, call 305.893.6211.Cavaletti’s Dream was or... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 10/18/09