From the Director
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida and one of the Southeast’s largest contemporary art institutions. Situated on Hemming Plaza since 2003, MOCA is dedicated to presenting innovative exhibitions by the finest international, national and regional artists of our time.
The beginning of fall means back to school time across the country. However, unlike many school children who have enjoyed the leisurely pace of summer, the MOCA Jacksonville staff has been working feverishly to prepare for the beginning of our most exciting exhibition season to date. The fall of 2013 brings with it an ambitious project, one that furthers the Museum’s and Jacksonville’s place in the national arts dialogue. Abstraction over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg is the first full-scale retrospective of this significant New York abstract expressionist painter, friend of Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell, and poet Frank O’Hara.
The exhibition features 38 astounding and monumental canvases spanning the artist’s six-decade-long career. From the 1940s until his death in 2007, Goldberg carried out a process of relentless experimentation, an ongoing exploration that expanded the boundaries of abstraction and maintained its vitality and relevance over the many significant twists and turns that have shaped American art of the postwar period. It is an honor to be the first museum to fully acknowledge and reappraise the significance of Goldberg’s legacy. As an institution devoted to making a significant contribution to the scholarship of contemporary art, this is also our mandate.
While Goldberg’s dynamic, lyrical paintings grace the Museum’s third floor, Project Atrium continues to churn in the Atrium below. The diminutive, white figures that traverse the floor and scale the walls of the Haskell Atrium Gallery as part of Heather Cox’s installation will give way to a bold, dramatic wall painting by Los Angeles artist Ingrid Calame. Based on urban spills, stains, and graffiti marks painstakingly traced and rearranged in the artist’s studio, the works combine precise gestures with Calame’s equally focused use of color, which allows her unlikely sources to transcend the mundane and approach loftier heights. Visible from the Goldberg galleries, Calame’s wall painting and the works of this venerable artist will maintain a steady dialogue over the course of the several weeks during which their exhibitions will overlap.
While exhibition preparation has been in full swing all summer, the MOCA education staff also transitions from a busy summer of Art Camp to an exciting academic year ahead. This fall ushers in a new, unprecedented collaboration with the Duval County Public Schools. Over the course of the coming school year, MOCA will host all kindergarten, second, and fourth grade students in the district’s Title I schools. This translates to approximately 15,000 students all of whom will, many for the first time, view our exhibitions, take part in art activities on the Museum’s fifth floor, and, like the rest of us, be inspired by the beauty, the vision and the imagination that defines the art of our time.
We look forward to sharing these and the many other projects described in the following pages with our visiting school children and with all of you in the weeks to come.
Wishing you an inspiring fall season,
Marcelle Polednik, Ph.D.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a private non-profit visual arts educational institution and cultural resource of the University of North Florida, serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present.
MOCA Jacksonville is a cultural resource of and funded in part by the University of North Florida with additional funding by the City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by the generous support of our members.
MOCA Jacksonville’s website was funded through a generous grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.