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100th Anniversary

Celebrating a Century of Creativity and Community

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2024, as the oldest art museum in the region and the second contemporary art museum to be established in the United States. This celebration year is an opportunity for MOCA to give back to the community that has been its home for a century by presenting groundbreaking exhibitions and programs that will engage the community and elevate Jacksonville as a regional destination for arts and culture.

One hundred years ago, four visionary local women artists came together to imagine the kind of city they wanted Jacksonville to be — the kind of community they wanted to live in and be a part of. At the core of their vision for a rich, vital, dynamic city were art, culture, and education. Thus, what we now call MOCA Jacksonville was born – a museum dedicated to the exhibition and teaching of art, focused on the art and ideas of the time, and guided by the principle that access to beauty is something that everyone should have and benefit from. A century later, MOCA’s mission remains focused on the art, artists, and ideas of our time, with a vision that unites education, creativity, and community building in the heart of downtown Jacksonville.

Throughout 2024, MOCA will celebrate its centennial year — looking to the past to recognize the legacy of the visionary leaders and important milestones that have brought us to this point; marking this moment with extraordinary exhibitions and programs that will not only elevate MOCA, but provide a stimulus and create an energized destination for our Downtown to build upon; and imagine the future that we want for our great city, nourishing our community through art and culture for the next 100 years.

 

EXHIBITIONS 

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A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE  
‘70s New York in the Norman E. Fisher Collection    
Through Jul 14, 2024 | Opening Celebration Jan 18  

Kicking off our anniversary year is an exhibition showcasing the experimental, collaborative art world of '70s New York through the work of iconic artists of the 1970s in the collection of Jacksonville native Norman E. Fisher.

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star sculptures in Frank Stella's studio

PROJECT ATRIUM: FRANK STELLA 
Jacksonville Stacked Stars
Feb 29 - Aug 18, 2024 | Opening Celebration Feb 29

One of America's foremost contemporary sculptors, Frank Stella will unveil his brand new sculptural work, Jacksonville Stacked Stars, created for MOCA's 100 year anniversary! Be the first to see this larger than life installation by one of the most influential artists working today. 

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an intaglio print self portrait of Elysa Adams

ELYSA ADAMS
UNF Student Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
May 10 - Sep 1, 2024

MOCA marks the 10th anniversary of its UNF Student Artist-in-Residene program in 2024 and will feature two residencies, one in the spring and one in the fall. Elysa Adams has been chosen as the spring resident! Elysa is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Jacksonville. She is majoring in Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing, with minor in Psychology. Her artistic expression takes a dual approach, revealing hardship while celebrating resilience and excellence that thrive within the black community.

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FILL MY HEART WITH HOPE
Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection 
Jul 25, 2024 - Mar 23, 2025 | Opening Celebration Sep 5

Stay tuned for additional details!

installation view of Emil Alzamora's work

EMIL ALZOMORA
Aug 3, 2024 - Feb 2, 2025 | Opening Celebration Sep 5

Emil Alzamora was born in Lima, Peru and lives and works in Beacon, NY. His figurative sculpture practice explores notions of transience, beauty, harmony, uncertainty, and hope. Alzamora has exhibited at institutions including the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK; the United Nations Building, New York, NY; and The Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY.

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mockup of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's Project Atrium installation

PROJECT ATRIUM: RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER 
Spectral Subjects
Sep 5, 2024 - Feb 16, 2025 | Opening Celebration Sep 5

Spectral Subjects is a new interactive installation designed to transform the atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida. The piece consists of one or several colossal wall-projections controlled by a custom-made thermal-imaging computer analysis system.

EVENTS

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CENTENNIAL GALA 

A Walk on the Wild Side 
April 6, 2024

Join MOCA Jax on Apr 6 for A Walk on the Wild Side, a nod to our title exhibition, during this New York in the '70s themed bash celebrating MOCA's 100th Anniversary. Get out your boogie shoes for an extraordinary evening that brings together art, music, dancing, and spectacle with artful moments and delicious displays of food and beverages. 

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HYPERLOCAL ART HISTORY 
Lecture Series with UNF Professor Dr. Scott Brown 
Select Wednesdays in Spring | Free with Admission

For its 100th anniversary, MOCA Jacksonville presents talks by UNF Professor Dr. Scott Brown, reimagining art history from a North Florida perspective

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HERE COMES TOMORROW
Cinema of the Last Century 
Every Third Wednesday During Museum Nights

As MOCA Jacksonville celebrates its 100th anniversary, we look back at the last century of artistic expression in film. With a particular focus on films that imagined the future, this year long series explores decade by decade, the hopes, anxieties, and dreams of filmmakers and audiences from the 1920s till the present day.

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a UNF printmaking students teaches a kids how to use a printing press during MOCA Family Day

FALL FAMILY DAY BLOCK PARTY
November 16, 2024 | FREE

Kid-friendly activities will fill the museum and spill out into Downtown this fall! Enjoy access to exhibitions, art making, musical performances, community projects, local partners, food trucks, and more! 

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In the Media

arbus magazine cover Sept to Oct 2023

ARBUS MAGAZINE 

When Jacksonville Was Avant-Garde
On the 100th Anniversary of MOCA Jacksonville 

One hundred years ago a group of visionary, pioneering women came together to imagine the kind of city that they wanted Jacksonville to be. From their vision for a rich, vital, and dynamic city, what we now call MOCA Jacksonville was born. Over the years... Read More >>

 

CENTENNIAL SPONSORS

Lauren and Ted Baker
City of Jacksonville
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
Inaugural Director's Circle
Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Florida Blue
Florida Division of Arts and Culture
Joan and Preston Haskell
MOCA Jacksonville Board of Trustees
University of North Florida
VyStar Credit Union