Jacksonville Stacked Stars

February 29 – August 18, 2024

Detail of Project Atrium: Frank Stella Jacksonville Stacked Stars

Project Atrium: Frank Stella, "Jacksonville Stacked Stars", Installation view. February 29 - August 18, 2024. Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.


Frank Stella (1936-2024) returns to MOCA Jacksonville following his successful print exhibition in 2018, Frank Stella Unbound, this time for an installation in the Atrium to celebrate the museum’s 100th anniversary. The monumental installation features a new work of sculpture by Frank Stella, one of the most influential contemporary artists of his time. 

Frank Stella produced an extraordinary body of work over the past six decades. Since his first solo gallery exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1960, when he presented his famous “Black Paintings”, Stella has continuously explored the possibilities of the expression of visual space. Initial paintings based on the rejection of the conventionally rectangular canvas, and of painting-as-representation, gave way to complex wall reliefs made from paint, cardboard, and felt. He further blurred the distinction between painting and sculpture in baroque works that seemed to leap off the wall. Most recently, Stella used digital modeling to explore how subtle changes in scale, color and material can affect our perception and experience of the free-standing object.

The Project Atrium installation is accompanied by an exhibition of prints from the MOCA collection, with loans from local collectors. Frank Stella began his extended engagement with printmaking in the mid-1960s, working first with master printer Kenneth Tyler at the famed workshop Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, CA. This pioneering studio brought together artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns who, like Stella, were interested in investigating the creative opportunities offered by prints and multiples. 

headshot of Frank StellaSPONSORS

Joan and Preston Haskell | Brooke & Martin "Hap" Stein
Dita Domonkos | Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Duke
David Engdahl
Wende Wilson
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All exhibitions and programs during MOCA Jacksonville's 100th anniversary year are made possible through the generous support of our Centennial Sponsors.


Opening Celebration Recap


MOCA Jacksonville celebrates its centennial in 2024, as the oldest art museum in the region and one of the first contemporary art museums 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. Your support is vital to making these plans a reality. We hope that you will join us in celebrating this momentous occasion for MOCA and for Jacksonville. Learn More >>



American artist Frank Stella poses for a portrait at his studio in New York in May 1995.The New York Times 

Frank Stella, Towering Artist and Master of Reinvention, Dies at 87

He moved American art away from Abstract Expressionism toward cool minimalism. His explorations of color and form were endlessly discussed and constantly on exhibit.... Read More >> 



Renowned American artist Frank Stella dies aged 87
By  and 

Stella continued to create art well into his ninth decade, with his some of his recent sculptures being displayed at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in New York City. One of his final pieces is still on display in Florida at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.... Read More >> 


The Florida Times-Union

First look: Soaring Frank Stella sculpture unveiled at MOCA Jacksonville's Project Atrium
By Corey Perrine

Jacksonville Stacked Stars, a sculpture by Frank Stella, is shown during an unveiling ceremony and preview event... See More >>



The Arts and Business Magazine of Northeast Florida
Project Atrium: Frank Stella Jacksonville Stacked Stars 
by Amber Sesnick, MOCA Communications and Marketing Director

Frank Stella has produced an extraordinary body of work over the past six decades and continues to explore the expressive possibilities of visual space. “Jacksonville Stacked Stars” is a brand-new work of art created by Stella for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville’s Project Atrium... Read More >> 

In MOCA's Permanent Collection

MOCA Jacksonville has several Frank Stella works in its permanent collection, and is excited to be featuring a new and monumental work as part of its Project Atrium series.
colorful geometric lithograph by Frank Stella
© Frank Stella, Moultonville, Lithograph on paper, 22 ½ x 17 ½ inches. Emmett Broward Memorial Fund and N.E.A. Purchase Grant, 1976.22.
colorful abstract relief print by Frank Stella
© Frank Stella, Pergusa Three, Relief print on paper, 70 ½ x 55 ½ inches. Gift of Donald and Maria Cox, 2016.04.03.
colorful circle lithograph by Frank Stella
© Frank Stella, Sinjerli Variation II, Lithograph on paper, 32 x 42 ½ inches. Gift of Donald and Maria Cox, 2016.04.07.
colorful lined screenprint by Frank Stella
© Frank Stella, York Factory II, Screenprint on black Arches paper, 18 ½ x 44 ¼ inches. Gift of Judy Eisen, 2018.05.
screenprint, lithograph, and collage by Frank Stella featuring shapes and shades of blue
© Frank Stella, Had Gadya: Back Cover (from El Lissitzky), Collage screenprint, lithography, and linocut on paper, printed in 18 colors, hand painted in 2 colors, 61 ¼ x 53 1/16 inches. Promised Gift. Collection of Dita Domonkos.