Project Atrium: Amanda Coogan

The Ladder Is Always There

November 26, 2018 - February 24, 2019


In Project Atrium: Amanda Coogan The Ladder Is Always There, Irish performance-based artist Amanda Coogan becomes partially enveloped by a large, sweeping piece of colored fabric. As she stands in its center, the undulating material moves in irregular patterns as sections that gather and release in large part due to a concealed pulley system. Here, the dramatic movements recall scenic views of clouds or mountains.

Performing artists from Jacksonville will be invited to collaborate with Coogan throughout the duration of her time here. Coogan will perform in the Atrium Gallery at specific times from November 26th through 30th, culminating in a final performance during the opening reception on November 30th. In December, a video recording of the artist's performances will be on view at MOCA Jacksonville, serving as a surrogate and ghost of the past events. This installation is inspired by a ballerina's dress hand-painted by artist Marc Chagall that belongs to the Museum's permanent collection that will also be on view.

Tuesday, November 27 // 11 A.M.// Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

Wednesday, November 28 // 12 P.M. // La Villa School of the Arts
Thursday, November 29 // 1:15 P.M. // University of North Florida 
                                             7 P.M. // Phase Eight Theater Co.
Opening Reception: Members' Preview: Friday, November 30 // 7 P.M. 
        Phase Eight Theater Company
        Douglas Anderson School of the Arts 

        Public Preview: Friday, November 30 // 8 P.M. - 9 P.M.


Thank you to our sponsors
The Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize Fund
Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow
Culture Ireland
Carey and Jackie Cornelius


Special thanks to the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation for their support of collaborative arts education projects and partnership.





Amanda Coogan

Amanda Coogan

Critically acclaimed Irish artist, Amanda Coogan, works across media including live art, performance, photography, and video. Many of her performances incorporate sculptural elements such as brightly colored, altered, or painted fabric, drawing on her degree in sculpture from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Coogan also studied under acclaimed performance artist, Marina Abramović, from 1999-2001. Her oeuvre, including her durational performances engage a cross-disciplinary approach, incorporating drama, theater, fashion, and the body. She has performed and exhibited her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, the Neimeyer Centre, Spain, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Van Gogh Museum, among others. 

Image courtesy of the artist.

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Staff Profile Caitlín Doherty

Caitlín Doherty


Caitlín Doherty has engaged with artists, students, and communities around the world throughout a career that spans Scotland, Ireland, Qatar, and the United States. From January 2015 to February 2017, Doherty was chief curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Broad MSU-housed in the striking Zaha Hadid-designed building-is a 46,000-square-foot museum that serves as both a teaching institution and a cultural hub for the East Lansing region. During her tenure at Broad MSU, Doherty provided leadership and artistic vision, defining the interdisciplinary scope and direction of the institution's exhibitions, collections, education, and public programs, and ensuring that they reflected a commitment to artistic experimentation, excellence, and public access. From 2012 to 2015, she served as exhibitions and speaker curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar-a branch campus of VCU School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia-where she organized major exhibitions of international contemporary art and design. From 2005 to 2008, Doherty worked as the inaugural director of Lismore Castle Arts, one of Ireland's leading contemporary art galleries. She taught art history, design history, and museum and gallery studies at Ireland's Waterford Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2010, and has regularly guest lectured at other institutions including University College London. Also in Ireland, Doherty directed the interdisciplinary arts and cultural initiative Artswave, and acted as visual arts coordinator for Garter Lane Arts Centre. Born on South Uist, a small island in the Outer Hebrides in Northwest Scotland, Doherty holds master's degrees in art history from the University of Edinburgh and in museum and gallery studies from the University of St. Andrews, both in Scotland.