Museum of Contemporary Art

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. 


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Great Hall - Artist as Curator: Drew Heitzler – Golden State
East Wing - Jacob Kassay & Kyle Thurman: On Kindness

Members Only Opening Saturday 27 September
Open to the public starting Sunday 28 September


Current Exhibitions:

Great Hall – Blueprint
21 June 2014 – 14 September 2014

Blueprint unites artists and architects with wide-ranging and disparate practices under a single, uniting theme: using the “blueprint” module to explore the origin of their practice.  First conceived in 1999, the exhibition was a low-budget, DIY effort by and about a group of emerging artists (“ambitious and broke” artists, in the words of curator/artist Sebastiaan Bremer).  A decade and a half later, the artists’ practices have matured, and Blueprint remains a fascinating recent historical document and a record of the artists’ creative trajectory and evolution.

East wing – I.U.D: BAKERMAN
24 May 2014 – 14 September 2014

New York-based Lizzi Bougatsos, Sadie Laska and Spencer Sweeney individually operate as visual artists and musicians, and collectively as I.U.D. At MOCA Tucson I.U.D. presents BAKERMAN in the East Galleries, an art show that began with a performance by the audio component of I.U.D. on opening night in the museums’ Great Hall.  Incorporating tropes of southern Arizona life, their sculptural paintings utilize yoga mats, windshield sunscreens, pool noodles, and rocks, as well as the more traditional materials of paint, tape, and glue. Also on view are collectively executed petroglyph drawings on black-painted chalkboard-like walls, as well as the video “Larry Clark Nose: Grand Canyon,” made for specifically the exhibition, Partially filmed at a Honky-tonk in Jerome, it also features the trio hiking up Bell Rock in Sedona, drawing on rocks, mixed with absurd close-ups of noses in conversation, with a nod to Dada. Combined, all these elements make BAKERMAN a distinctly passionate pooling of resources and a simultaneously disorderly and tightly wound tripartite artistic outburst.

East wing – Sebastiaan Bremer: MOCA Bas-Relief (Mike-Papa-Bravo)
21 June 2014 – 14 September 2014

For MOCA Bas-Relief (Mike-Papa-Bravo) Sebastiaan Bremer will present  “Frankenstenian” replications of early to mid twentieth century sculpture, often by Picasso or Brancusi, which are then built out with paint and plaster. Existing in both the past and the present, these wall pieces act as an investigation of sculpture’s inherent three-dimensionality, as well as addressing the way in which it is flattened out when represented in two-dimensional photographs.


Interested in the museum world?

The MOCA Museum Studies Internship Program is now accepting applications!


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, and its members and patrons.

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