The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences.
MOCA exhibits contemporary art that connects issues at the heart of our diverse community with global conversations in the arts, through a series of innovative exhibitions and public programs. 2018-19 highlights include Mira Lehr: Tracing A Red Thread, an ode to South Florida’s ecological struggles that has been met with critical acclaim; and AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People, a historic 50th anniversary exhibition of works that helped define the visual aesthetic of the Black Arts Movement.
MOCA became a collecting institution in 1995 and is home to nearly 500 works by local, national, and international contemporary artists made accessible to the public through curated exhibitions. MOCA has presented solo and survey exhibitions by artists including Edouard Duval-Carrié, Purvis Young, Tracey Emin and Wangechi Mutu, and local artists such as Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher and Daniel Arsham in important early-career exhibitions.
Educational and public programs bring hands-on art-making experiences, and opportunities to meet artists, to the diverse North Miami community and visiting audiences. These include dynamic youth programs, free Jazz at MOCA on the Plaza, and lectures by leading artists and thinkers.
7:09 mins video documenting the reception for Mira Lehr Tracing the Red Thread
12:02 mins video AfriCOBRA artists' testimonials about the movement and the meanings and intentions behind their work
Image from Miami Herald article about the current exhibition, Mira Lehr: Tracing the Red Thread.
To read the article please visit: https://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article218725610.html
Work sample from upcoming exhibition AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People
I am Somebody, 1969
Acrylic on Canvas
from upcoming exhibition AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People
I Am Better, 1969
Acrylic on Canvas
Image from MOCA Teen Art Force Open Mic Night
Image of students during Summer Camp 2018
Teen Art Force
Free daily after-school classes. Students engage in a variety of sustained enrichment projects including advanced classes, field trips, art talks, and three showcase projects: MOCAZINE (a publication conceived and produced by teens for teens), an exhibition, and a public art installation.
MOCA Summer Camp
Creative Arts for Kids, and Dynamic Design, both geared towards students ages 6-13. Participants engage in a broad variety of 2-D and 3-D art making techniques, and basic and applied design in various media. Students engage in a variety of sustained enrichment programs including advanced classes, field trips, art talks, and three showcase projects: MOCAZINE, an exhibition, and a public art installation.
Jazz at MOCA
Since 1999, free concerts spotlighting South Florida musical groups, featuring Swing, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Latin Jazz attracting more than 500 residents, visitors and tourists and bringing awareness to North Miami's Arts and Business District. (every last Friday of the month)
HeART to HeART
Introduction to contemporary art serving Jewish and disabled communities, in cooperation with Jewish Community Services. (once a week for one hour)
MOCA Contemporary Dialogues
A multidisciplinary, multiplatform adult education initiative building a bridge between scholars, artists and the community to engage South Florida audiences on issues in contemporary visual and material cultures. (scheduled for each exhibition)
Mr. William M. Lehman, Jr.
MOCA Board of Trustees Chairman
Lehman Dealerships Enterprises
Mayor Smith Joseph, D.O., Pharm.D.
City of North Miami
Mr. Ofer Mizrahi
Coverings Etc Inc.
Dr. Rudolph Moise
Dr. Larinus Pierre
Center for Haitian Studies (CHS)
Mr. Clark Reynolds
Museum Plaza, LLC
Mr. Nick Swerdlow
Swerdlow Art Group
Interim Director of Development
Curator of Education
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.