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Celebrate #istandwithMOCA on Thanksgiving weekend

Celebrate #istandwithMOCA on Thanksgiving weekend

November 2, 2016 // by Denise M. Reagan

Two years ago, a photograph hanging in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville became a symbol for the freedom of expression, inspired a groundswell of community support for the arts, and ignited media coverage around the country.

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Two of Angela Strassheim's photographs, Untitled (Lucian and Katherine) and Untitled (Janine Eight Months Pregnant), from the Permanent Collection are on display for #istandwithMOCA Day. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

Angela Strassheim's photograph, Untitled (Janine Eight Months Pregnant), depicts a reclining nude, a subject of fine art throughout history. The image appeared in her Project Atrium exhibition, depicting transitional points in the lives of women and children.

A few days before Thanksgiving in 2014, the City Council president wrote a letter to the mayor, calling for removal of the photograph and cancellation of city funds to MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida. The Museum stood behind the integrity of the Strassheim's work and did not alter the installation in any way.

The community responded with an outpouring of support for MOCA Jacksonville and coined the hashtag #istandwithMOCA, which appeared hundreds of times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Jenny Morgan's Brand New and Kevin Peterson's Street Light appear in a Permanent Collection gallery. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

Once again, MOCA Jacksonville thanks those who have supported the Museum then and now with #istandwithMOCA Day on Saturday, November 26. The free admission day gives families a place to go and enjoy time together during the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Visit the Strassheim photograph along with other powerful images of women in the Permanent Collection by artists Jenny Morgan, Kevin Peterson, and Christina Hope. Check out Breaking Ground: The Donald and Maria Cox Collection, including works by Joan Mitchell, Frank Stella, Keith Haring, and Jasper Johns. View the nature-inspired works in Leaves: Recent Prints and Sculpture by Donald Martin in the UNF Gallery at MOCA.

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Two of Christina Hope's photographs appear in a Permanent Collection gallery. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

On the third floor, visit Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World, featuring eight artists who use nineteenth century photographic processes. The Atrium Gallery displays Nicola López's three-story Project Atrium installation, A Gentle Defiance of Gravity and Form. On the fifth floor, see silhouette paintings by children who were Wolfson Children's Hospital patients from Inside the Outline: Art with a Heart in Healthcare before it closes on December 4.

Join, renew, or gift a membership that day and receive a catalog from one of MOCA's self-curated exhibitions, such as Shared Vision or Confronting the Canvas. Keep the book for your own collection or give it as a gift.

MOCA members also receive a 20 percent discount in the MOCA Shop that day. Find locally made jewelry, artful gifts, toys, and more to finish your holiday shopping. It's Small Business Saturday, so American Express cardholders can earn double rewards.

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Make your own buttons during #istandwithMOCA Day. Image courtesy of Stephanie Jackson.

MOCA's education department plans several fun activities for guests during #istandwithMOCA Day. Create your own button to show your support for MOCA.

Participate in the design and construction of a giant puzzle. Each guest receives a blank puzzle piece. Draw something that sparks your creativity. After all the pieces are collected, MOCA educators will combine them for display in the Art Explorium where visitors can enjoy them for months to come.

Guests are encouraged to share their experiences that day on social media using #istandwithMOCA. Take a selfie with the big camera lens in Retro-spective, share a photo of your puzzle piece, or capture your perspective of Project Atrium. MOCA will share many of those posts on its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Everyone at MOCA Jacksonville is grateful for the community's continuing support. #istandwithMOCA Day is one way to show our thanks. 

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Participate in the design and construction of a giant puzzle that will appear in the Art Explorium. Image courtesy of Stephanie Jackson.

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