Coffee with a Curator: Project Atrium – Maud Cotter

Saturday, September 24, 2022 // 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

MOCA Jacksonville 333 N Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Event Description


Free for MOCA Members

$15 for Future Members

Geared to an adult audience, but open to all ages

Join MOCA Senior Curator, Ylva Rouse, for coffee and conversation about Project Atrium: Maud Cotter.

About this event

An acclaimed artist, both in her homeland Ireland and internationally, Maud Cotter is best known for her sculptural installations. In recent years, Cotter has used man-made materials such as cardboard, industrial rubber, and clear plastic, as well as wood, to create the three-dimensional works through which she explores our definitions and boundaries, both physical and mental, of material form and space.  For her new commissioned project for MOCA's Project Atrium Series, what was never ours to keep, Cotter responded to the spectacular 40-foot tall Atrium Space with an installation that continues her probe into our relationship with matter, and the forces that govern this relationship; in this case, gravity. 

Project Atrium: Maud Cotter is on view until November 20, 2022.

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Coffee with a Curator is an in-person event hosted at MOCA Jacksonville.


Questions? Contact Shannon Cullen-Brosonski, Coordinator of Membership and Volunteer Engagement at or 904-620-4215.


Ylva Rouse joined MOCA in May 2019 from New Orleans, where she moved in 2007 to launch Prospect.1, the citywide international arts triennial founded by Dan Cameron in order to bring positive attention to New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. She served as the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs for the organization until 2017, when she would lead the implementation of its fourth edition, Prospect.4. as Interim Director. Prior to her tenure at Prospect, Rouse worked as Curator in Madrid, Spain, working with artists such as John M. Armleder, Jenny Holzer, Liam Gillick, Alex Katz, or Tatsuo Miyajima. During her years as Exhibitions Curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, she organized touring retrospectives of work by among others Robert Ryman, Gerhard Richter, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra and Joan Miró, as well as serving as Project Director for the seminal exhibitions El Jardin Salvaje (The Savage Garden) at the Caixa Foundation and Cocido y Crudo (The Cooked and the Raw) at the Reina Sofia Museum. Rouse holds a B.A. in Music and Art, and Master Studies, from New York University.

With the firm belief in art as a force for change, she has been active throughout her career curating and writing about art. She has immersed herself in the communities where she has lived, both as advisor and collaborator, participating in diverse arts projects and initiatives with local organizations, community centers, and universities; always in pursuit of spreading the understanding and enjoyment of the modern and contemporary arts and to bring awareness of the importance of nurturing the creative spirit, both as individuals and as community.


Maud Cotter (b. 1954, Wexford, Ireland) lives and works in Cork, Ireland. Cotter was a co-founder of the Irish National Sculpture Factory in 1989 and has been a member of the venerated Irish Association of Artists Aosdána since 2000. She lectures extensively in architectural and art colleges throughout Europe and America.

Recent solo exhibitions of her work include a consequence of – a dappled world, curated by Miranda Driscoll for the Irish Arts Center’s inaugural season in New York, 2022; previously exhibited in 2021 at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland; and a consequence of – without stilling at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland, in 2018. In 2016, she presented 2116: Forecast of the next century at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, which toured to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.