Contemporary Cartographies

Mapping Identity

March 3, 2023 - October 15, 2023

A map is commonly defined as a graphic representation, drawn to scale, that concretely depicts features of an area. However, the way in which each of us map our world is abstract and individualistic, informed by our unique experiences. Contemporary Cartographies includes works from MOCA Jacksonville's permanent collection, complemented by loans from local and national artists, charting their surrounding landscape both literally and figuratively; whether it be through tracing a familiar route, capturing the movement of a bustling city, or portraying the people and features of the milieu that defines them.  Informed by our unique experiences and identities, our way of mapping is conceptually layered with historical, social, and political meaning. As geographer Philippe Rekazewic once said, “There is no such thing as an innocent map…” -a map is fundamentally political by nature. The exhibition features a section dedicated to Jacksonville, and in particular to mapping in relation to the concepts of redlining, segregation and the continued economic disparities of our city as reflected in the work of the artists. Curated by MOCA Assistant Curator Shana Dickler. 


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MOCA Jacksonville primarily collects works of art ranging from 1960 to the present. The museum's permanent collection consists of nearly 1,000 works of art, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Artists represented in the collection include Hans Hofmann, Alexander Calder, Alex Katz, Robert Longo, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Jenkins, Jules Olitski, Philip Pearlstein, Jim Dine, James Rosenquist, and Joan Mitchell. It is the museum's goal to create a permanent collection of significant depth, scope, and quality to be used for study, scholarly research, and exhibition-all tools that foster an education, awareness, and experience with contemporary visual art. The museum is also focused on establishing a collection that is diverse and representative of the broader contemporary art space, including artists of significance who are often left out of collections, but add historical perspective relevant experiences. → Learn more about MOCA's permanent collection