The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is on the move to a shiny new home. Yesterday, I got a hard hat tour of the new MOCA and got to hear about all the exciting things planned for the space.
The building is located on the corner of Euclid and Mayfield. MOCA hopes that the location will serve as a gateway between University Circle and Uptown. The new MOCA space is focused on being open and welcoming to the public. One thing that strikes me about the new MOCA is that – along with Case Western’s Lewis Building – the University Circle area is becoming an architecturally interesting blend of the very traditional and the very modern.
Most of the building will be cover in black reflective steel, in order to reflect the community that MOCA is in.
The main entrance, however, will be a four-story glass wall. Passers-by will be able to see installations going up and get a peek at what’s inside the museum before even entering the doors.
The first floor of MOCA is designed to be an “urban living room.” It will be free (admission prices begin on the second floor) and designed for people to gather to talk, shop in the museum store, and eat from the cafe kiosk provided by Marigold Catering. The museum and its urban living room will be open until 10pm on Fridays, making this a great stop before or after dinner in Uptown.
The first floor also houses a performance space.
The second, third, and fourth floors are dedicated to galleries, a media production studio, an education room, and administrative offices. One of the coolest aspects of this new building is the interior and exterior staircase, which will allow people to wind through the building and, at the top, look down on the main gallery.
One of the main goals of the design of the new MOCA is to allow art, from its production and installation to its display to be transparent. From the view from what will be part of the four-story glass wall, art’s home has never looked so good!
MOCA Cleveland has its grand opening on Columbus Day weekend. The first exhibition features 13 artists from all over the world and is titled, “Inside Out and From the Ground Up.” On October 6, there will be a spectacular grand opening party. On Columbus Day, October 8, the entire museum will be free to the public. Stay tuned here for more details on MOCA’s grand opening celebration!
***Disclosure: I was invited by MOCA Cleveland to take a hard hat tour of the new museum building. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***