MOCA inspires new ways of thinking through the cultivation, interpretation and exhibition of cutting-edge art of our time.
MOCA inspira formas nuevas del pensamiento por medio de la cultivación, interpretación, y exhibición del arte innovador de nuestro tiempo.
We look forward to welcoming our members back to the museum for our Fall/Winter 2015–16 Opening Reception on Saturday 24 October, from 7–9pm. The museum will be open to the public for our monthly Free Day on Sunday 25 October from 12–5pm and, subsequently, Wednesday through Sunday from 12–5pm.
We are excited to announce that we are also working on a brand new website, stay tuned for its launch soon!
In his first museum exhibition, Alex Von Bergen will present new site-specific work in the Great Hall, as well as a survey of nearly ten years of his photographic, sculptural, and video pieces in the Southeast galleries. A recent MFA graduate of the University of Arizona whose “I’ll Try Harder Next Time” semi-permanent installation is familiar to MOCA visitors, Von Bergen specializes in subtle alterations to the mundane and commonplace. With a nuanced and dry wit he comments on the absurdities and paradoxes of the current era, illuminating the complexities of the tensions between our real-life selves and our disembodied, online ones. Noticing aspects of the built and represented world that are right in front of all of us but often go unremarked upon, Von Bergen takes the stuff of reality and puts it through finely gradated tweaks and transformations, with a playful conceptualism that makes the viewer see the everyday in new, thought-proving, and humorous ways.
A renowned jewelry designer who’s pioneering shop on Prince Street was a Soho mainstay from 1971 to 2001, Streeter was drawn to Tucson and upon moving here brought together an eccentric and unique accumulation of memorabilia at this home in the Old Barrio, which has attracted curious and fascinated locals and pilgrims from afar ever since. For Best Dressed Pirate many of these artifacts, including his own artwork, a handsome boat model, Mexican long-toed cowboy boots, photographs of various luminaries wearing his jewelry, handmade lamps, and relics of personal and social historical import will be installed at MOCA. The scroll and pistol-adorned “Buffalo Room” will be transported in its entirety to occupy one whole gallery, and his instantly recognizable “Bisbee Bomber” motorcycle will also be on display. The items and handiwork touch on everything from the beginnings of New York City’s loft laws to Streeter’s Japanese cult following, outsider and folk traditions, and one person’s heartfelt, passionate engagement with their myriad inspirations. Faithfully replicating his singular environment and the treasure trove it contains, this literal “museum within a museum” will have an immersive and rustic ambience evoking and reflecting Alex Streeter’s remarkable path in life and art and the intersection and inseparability of the two.
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MOCA is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arizona Commission on the Arts, Cox Communications, and its members and patrons.