Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami is located in Florida
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Location within Florida
Location770 NE 125 Street
North Miami, Florida, United States
Coordinates25°53′25″N 80°11′00″W / 25.89041°N 80.18325°W / 25.89041; -80.18325
TypeArt museum
DirectorChana Sheldon
CuratorChana Sheldon

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a collecting museum located in North Miami, Florida. The 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) building was designed by the architecture firm Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, New York City.[1]


The Museum of Contemporary Art began as the Center for Contemporary art in a single gallery space in 1981. In 1996, the museum opened a new building, following the establishment of its permanent collection in 1995. The museum was directed by art historian and curator Bonnie Clearwater from 1993 until 2013. Clearwater considered MOCA an "education museum", and under her directorship the institution was awarded an IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service[2] in 2012.[3][4]

MOCA has presented solo and survey exhibitions by artists including Bill Viola,[5] Tracey Emin,[6] Edouard Duval-Carrié, Virginia Overton,[7] Purvis Young,[8] Wangechi Mutu,[9] Michael Richards,[10] and many others. In 2008, the institution received a $5 million endowment from the Knight Exhibition Series, supporting exhibitions of work by emerging artists, the development of new public programs, enhanced school programs, and the presentation of lectures, performances, and film screenings.[11] MOCA's Optic Nerve was recognized as an important forum for emerging artists working in film. Over 220 artists have been featured in this series, many of them publicly presenting their work for the first time.[12][13]

In Fall 2014, some members of the museum's board of trustees split and established a new arts organization, the Institute of Contemporary Art, in Miami's Design District. In a settlement, approximately 70% of MOCA's 700 works remained in MOCA's collection, and 200 pieces were to be held by the new organization.[14]

In January 2018, the City of North Miami appointed Chana Budgazad Sheldon, previously executive director of the Miami alternative exhibition space Locust Projects, as MOCA's director.[15]


MOCA has several different outreach programs.[16]

See also


  1. ^ "Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman Architects". 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  2. ^ "IMLS National Medal Winner – Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami". 5 January 2013. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ LaVelle, Ciara (2013-07-17). "Bonnie Clearwater to Leave MOCA for Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  4. ^ "Bonnie Clearwater on Leaving MOCA". The Miami Rail. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  5. ^ "Transcendence and Transformation: Q+A with Bill Viola - Art in America". Art in America. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  6. ^ "First US Museum Exhibition for Tracey Emin Opens at MOCA, North Miami". Hyperallergic. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  7. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio. "First U.S. solo museum exhibition for artist Virginia Overton opens at MOCA, North Miami". Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  8. ^ Sentenac, Hannah (2015-02-12). "Purvis Young Exhibition Opens at Museum of Contemporary Art". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  9. ^ "Mutu show at Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami is a fantastic journey". miamiherald. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  10. ^ "Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) to Present Retrospective of Late Afro-Caribbean Artist Michael Richards; On View April 21 through Oct. 10, 2021". Miami's Community News. March 2, 2021. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  11. ^ Nahmad, Valerie. "MOCA recognized by The White House". Knight Foundation. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  12. ^ "Optic Nerve Film Screening". North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  13. ^ Thomason, John (August 19, 2013). "Optic Nerve Video Festival at Museum of Contemporary Art". Boco Ratan Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2014. Miami's Optic Nerve Video Festival, now in its 15th prestigious year at the Museum of Contemporary Art, caters to the latter category, in which visual innovation trumps storytelling mechanics. Selected by a panel of expert curators from such far-flung locales as Norway, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, the festival will screen 14 films and videos running less than five minutes in length, all of them produced within the past two years. The winning work will earn a place in MOCA's permanent collection. Some of the most anticipated films/videos include Juwon Lee's "Hidden Stories of Super Mario Brothers;" Cindy Hinant's "SELFISH;" Jon Rafman's "In the Realms of Gold;" and "How to Hide From Cameras," a piece by Jillian Mayer, the only Florida artist to make it into this year's competition (she's from Plantation).
  14. ^ "North Miami council approves MOCA settlement, downtown plans". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  15. ^ "After two-year search, MOCA names a new director. Miami arts fans already know her". miamiherald. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  16. ^ "Outreach – Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami". Retrieved 2019-04-15.