Fri 3/15 @ 7-10PM
Sat 3/16 @ 11AM-5PM
When moCa Cleveland opens its spring shows, it’s also launching a new era. As part of its 50th anniversary mission to make the museum more accessible and inclusive, and thanks to grants from the Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation, the Connor Foundation, and the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, moCa is able to build on its Free First Saturdays and free admission for teens to make it open to all for free all the time, starting Sat 3/16. There’ll be an open house 11am-5pm with Family Fun activities.
That will be just in time for visitors to check out the new shows, which debut on Fri 3/15 and will be on view through Sun 7/28. Lee Mingwei’s You Are Not a Stranger blends photography, installation and performance in four of his oft-exhibited works — Sonic Blossom (2013), The Moving Garden (2009), The Mending Project (2009), and 100 Days with Lily (1995). A new work, Sunrise, is a tribute to the three women — Agnes Gund, Marjorie Talalay, and Nina Sundell — who founded the institute as the New Gallery, back in 1968. Their daughters picked contemporary art works to represent their mothers’ creative interests and inspirations.
Also debuting 3/15 is Abe Frajndlich: Portraits of Our Early Years, a collection of photo portraits of artists and others who were part of moCa’s early history, including Christo, Roy Lichtenstein, Laurie Anderson, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Opening night features a reception from 7-10pm with an artist talk by Lee Mingwei at 7pm and a Dj/dance party @ 8-10pm.