MARCH 3 - NOVEMBER 26, 2023

artwork by Kenny Nguyen titled Topography of Memory featuring hand cut silk fabric and acrylic paint

© Kenny Nguyen, Topography of Memory, 2019-2020. Hand-cut silk fabric, acrylic paint, canvas, and pins, 65 x 98 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist.



A map is commonly defined as a graphic representation, drawn to scale, which concretely depicts features of an area of the Earth or of any other celestial body. However, as many artists have explored throughout history, the way in which each of us map our world is abstract and individualistic. Informed by our unique experiences and identities, our way of mapping is conceptually layered with historical, social, and political meaning. As geographer Philippe Rekacewicz once said, “There is no such thing as an innocent map...” a map is fundamentally political by nature. What we see, choose to see, or omit are all factors that shape how we interpret the world around us.

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.

This exhibition was curated by Shana Dickler, Assistant Curator, MOCA Jacksonville. Support for this exhibition was made in part by the City of Jacksonville, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of North Florida. Special thanks to Keith Doles, Doug Eng, and Kenny Nguyen.

painting by Keith Doles titled Gentrification featuring abstract buildings and faces

Local Ties

To explore how our urban surroundings impact our lives, two galleries in this exhibition highlight artists responding to the city of Jacksonville. They delve into themes such as gentrification, as we see in Keith Doles’ painting of the Brooklyn area, and redlining, as explored in Jessica Borusky’s installation and in Doug Eng’s series Redline, with photographs of the Historic Eastside neighborhood.

Redlining in Jacksonville 


<< Keith Doles, Gentrification, 2022. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.




Artists in the Exhibition

  • Lisa Alvarado 
  • Radcliffe Bailey
  • Jessica Borusky
  • Barry Bryant
  • Tina Girouard
  • Ingrid Calame
  • Jan Dibbets
  • Joelle Dietrick
  • Keith Doles
  • Doug Eng
  • Alex Ha
  • David Van Hook
  • Margaret Koscielny
  • Kenny Nguyen
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Jay Shoots
  • Mickalene Thomas
  • Norwood Viviano
  • Kes Zapkus
artwork by Robert Rauschenberg featuring a collage of images, prints, and writing

© Robert Rauschenberg, Deposit, 1976. Silkscreen with hand color, 29 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches. Edwin Snyder Memorial Fund, 1976.17. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Photo by Doug Eng.

artwork by Lisa Alvarado titled Vibratory Cartography: Nepantla featuring an abstract pattern in bright colors
© Lisa Alvarado, Vibratory Cartography: Nepantla, 2021. Acrylic, ink, gouache, canvas, burlap, fringe, polyester, wood, 80 x 73.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC.
artwork by Radcliffe Bailey featuring a large shadow box filled with dark objects and a star
© Radcliffe Bailey, Lucky Star2004. Mixed media on wood, 91 7/8 x 61 1/8 x 6 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by Preston H. Haskell, 2006.0021. Used by permission. Photo by Doug Eng.
artwork by Kenny Nguyen titled Topography of Memory featuring hand cut silk fabric and acrylic paint
© Kenny Nguyen, Topography of Memory2019-2020. Hand-cut silk fabric, acrylic paint, canvas, and pins, 65 x 98 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


MOCA's Permanent Collection

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. 

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