Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art will flip your perceptions of modern art on their head.
MOCA moved into its new 34,000-square-foot space, designed by Iranian-born architect Farshid Moussavi of London, in the fall of 2012. Exhibits change regularly since MOCA is not a collecting institution.
Inside MOCA, you’ll find photos, paintings, sculptures, and audio and video works to confuse and delight. Check out the spray-painted mural in the lobby, with its oranges, purples and black melting toward the floor. And, climb the main staircase for a cool, yet disorienting, view from the top. The large gallery on the fourth floor makes a perfect setting for monumental installations, such as a whale-sized, mysterious plywood pod bursting from a wall.
From the outside, Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art looks like an onyx ice cube that fell out of the sky and landed on a city corner. The building alone makes a visit worthwhile.
MOCA hosts many hands-on and off-beat educational events for children and adults. Monthly One Hour One Work sessions, for example, encourage visitors to deep dive into a single work on view.
MOCA anchors the newly created Uptown neighborhood, which tends to buzz with even more life than usual on the first Saturday of every month when the museum offers free admission.
Leaving MOCA scot-free is pretty difficult, though. The museum’s store stocks a well-curated mix of unusual jewelry, home décor, books and children’s toys.