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A River Runs Through MOCA

Contemporary art takes on different meanings depending on the artists defining it, but nothing could feel more current than the innovative works in . Included are several pieces by Brooklyn-based artist , who seeks to capture a part of nature that is untouched by humans. In the series Traveling Landscapes, her fastidious sculptures playfully combine suitcases with miniaturized living landscapes of grandiose scale. Streams and rivers course through and activate the seemingly familiar terrains of rolling hills and densely treed grasslands. As a special part of this exhibition, the invited Vance to evolve her series Rogue Stream by creating a …

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Smoke and Mirrors: A Sculptural Journey into the Imagination

The third floor of the has been transformed into an exhibition that defies explanation. Blurring the line between reality and fiction, the six featured national and international sculptors – , , , , , and – employ a variety of indiscernible techniques and mystifying illusionistic effects to accomplish astounding levels of visual deception. As one peers into tunnels, portals, glasses, and suitcases, the outwardly literal representations are transformed into mind-boggling artificial realities. What happens in the mind when we perceive a work of art? Is it a literal representation or a false, artificial reality of something familiar? Is it all …

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Deep River: The Cummer’s Striking New Exhibit

Suddenly it’s dark and cold. You’re surrounded on all sides by the flowing projections of water. Sounds of chirping birds and the current, ebbing and flowing, even sparkling, are all around. As your eyes slowly adjust to the sudden darkness, you begin to see a mound of soil take shape in front of you, filling the center of the room. The soil is strewn with everyday objects seemingly abandoned by past inhabitants of the space. Dozens of reclaimed wooden discs, each containing a portrait of a single figure, surround the mound of dirt and populate the installation. Together, these elements create a …

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#JaxOutings: Why the Cummer Museum is Taking its Art to the Streets

If you’ve been downtown at all over the past few weeks, you may have spotted them suddenly gazing down at you on Forsyth Street during your ride into work, sneaking up on you from the side of a building as you have lunch in , or maybe one caught you by surprise one night while you were grabbing a drink at . What I’m referring to, and what has all of Jacksonville buzzing lately, is the beautiful artwork of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens permanent collection, blown-up and adhered to weather-worn corners, alley walls, and abandoned buildings in …

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PictureBooks, In Time We Shall Know Ourselves, Ray Smith, MOCA Jacksonville

A Road-Map in Photos “In Time We Shall Know Ourselves”

In June 1974, a young man with a budding interest in documentary photography set out to drive an aging Volkswagen Beetle from New England through the South and into the Midwest, camping and photographing people and places along the way to California. The car only made it as far as Kansas City, but succeeded in taking hundreds of remarkable photographs along the way with his Rolleiflex and Minolta twin-lens cameras. “These photographs reflect subjects, places, and people encountered forty years ago during three months of travel covering half of the United States,” Smith explains. His intent during his travel around the …

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Angela Glajcar for MOCA Jacksonville’s Project Atrium

German artist Angela Glajcar is the twelfth artist to be featured in MOCA Jacksonville’s Project Atrium series. Her signature, large-scale paper floating sculpture was commissioned specifically for MOCA Jacksonville’s towering Atrium Gallery. On view until June 28th, this is Glajcar’s second largest sculpture in the United States and, taking advantage of the verticality of ’s atrium, the first that she has ever created by stacking her oversized paper forms. Arguably best known for her staggering installations of hand-torn sheets of heavy white paper, Glajcar insists that air, light, and movement are the most crucial elements within her astonishing creations. Juxtaposing …

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MOCA is NOW

MOCA is NOW at This Year’s One Spark

One Spark 2015 is officially kicking off on Tuesday, April 7th, and Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art will be celebrating with “MOCA is NOW,” unleashing a year’s worth of programming in just six days, with dozens of innovative mini-programs that will help visitors discover and appreciate contemporary art. There will be lots of chances to interact and win prizes, and the best part is that it’s all free – including admission! Additionally, hours will be extended, with the museum open 11am – 9pm April 7-11 and 11am-5pm April 12. Located in the heart of the festivities, Jacksonville will be the …

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Cummer Art: Rothko to Richter

, longtime Jacksonville arts patrons, have generously loaned 27 paintings from their private collection to the  in Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell. The exhibition is curated by , Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, and will be on display at the Cummer through April 22. Spanning the years 1952 to 1990, this exhibit includes twenty-seven paintings by twenty-three different artists from one of the most fertile periods in the history of abstract painting. Although more than a century has passed since abstraction found its …

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october, 2021

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