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PROJECT ATRIUM

SUPPORTING ARTISTS & INSPIRING THE COMMUNITY BY COMMISSIONING MONUMENTAL WORKS OF ART

Project Atrium is a bold series of site-specific and site-sensitive art installations created by emerging and mid-career artists and commissioned by MOCA Jacksonville. 

The unique placement, dimensions, and scale of the Atrium Gallery provide a compelling challenge to the chosen artists—a call to reinvention and active collaboration with the architecture of the museum on a monumental scale. Artists install their artworks in view of the public, revealing what is usually a behind-the-scenes process to visitors who may watch the entire project unfold over a few weeks. 

HISTORY

One of the most commanding spaces in MOCA Jacksonville’s historic 1931 Western Union Telegraph building is its dramatic Atrium Gallery. The space is forty feet high, thirty feet wide, and located on the ground floor, just steps up from the museum’s lobby. 

Its impressive scale is further heightened by the visibility of this space. At ground level, it can be seen from the museum’s lobby, as well as the street and the adjacent James Weldon Johnson Park. Moreover, the open stairwells and the two floors of galleries above the ground floor all look over the Atrium, providing multiple vantage points to this space and ensuring visitors’ sustained engagement with it as they move through the museum. In short, the Atrium Gallery serves as a physical and visual anchor for the entire building. 

Imagination Squared, a community-based project that presented close to a thousand 5 inch canvas squares created by local residents—from professional artists to young children—in the Atrium space, opened the way and in July of 2011, MOCA Jacksonville launched the Project Atrium Series. Each Project Atrium allows for free public engagement for all visitors to the museum, as well as serving as an inspiring jumping off point for educators as they lead school tours and private tours. 

Project Atrium allows visitors to view exhibitions both monumental in scale and extremely intimate in presentation. Three floors of the museum offer distinct vantage points and differing views for each of the three exhibitions per year. 

 

The Project Atrium series is sponsored in part by Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow, PLLC. 

 

2023

hanging hand dyed indigo fibers

ROWLAND RICKETTS

Bow

September 14, 2023 - January 28, 2024

Detail of the artwork Yūrei (Ghosts) by Hiromi Moneyhun featuring three connected wooden faces with nine eyes

HIROMI MONEYHUN

幽 霊 Yūrei (Ghosts)

April 28 - August 27, 2023

2022

artwork by the art collective Milagros featuring colorful line patterns and an inflated bubble

MILAGROS

Flutter Zone

December 9, 2022 - April 9, 2023

artwork Maud Cotter featuring two tall structures with organic material at their bases

MAUD COTTER

what was never ours to keep

July 9 - November 20, 2022

artwork by Chiharu Shiota featuring red string hanging with love letters attached

CHIHARU SHIOTA

Letters of Love

February 4 - June 26, 2022

2021

artwork by Damian Ortega featuring large balls attached to sticks going up a center rope

DAMIÁN ORTEGA

Molecule Dance

August 27, 2021 - January 16, 2022

MOCA's Atrium gallery filled with over 600 small panels of artwork created by community members

IMAGINATION SQUARED¹⁰

April 16 - August 8, 2021

2020

artwork by Carl Joe Williams featuring vibrantly painted walls that look like quilts dotted with tv screens

CARL JOE WILLIAMS

Making Great Lives Matter

November 20 - March 21, 2021

artwork by Carl Joe Williams featuring two organic sculptures, one mimicking a seed the other figural

RINA BANERJEE

Irresistible, irreplaceable Earth, open over interior screams, shouting in folds creased by vapors that thread fire and earth, between ground and sky Masculine Mythologies play upon us heavy heaving as Feminine Escapes embers beneath in exile breathe

March 20 - October 25, 2020

2019

artwork by Kedgar Volta featuring small lights on a black circular structure

KEDGAR VOLTA

The Fragility of the Promise

November 15, 2019 - March 1, 2020

artwork by Khalid Albaih featuring oversized passports hanging from the ceiling and resting on the floor

KHALID ALBAIH

Camp / Wall / Flock

July 20 - October 27, 2019

artwork by Evan Roth featuring the Atrium gallery walls covered in thousands of photos

EVAN ROTH

Since You Were Born

March 16 - June 23, 2019

2018

artwork by Amanda Coogan featuring fabric draped across the Atrium gallery with vintage shoes hanging from it

AMANDA COOGAN

The Ladder Is Always There

November 26, 2018 - February 24, 2019

artwork by Claire Ashley featuring a larger than life inflatable figure

CLAIRE ASHLEY

Close Encounters: Adam's Madam

July 7 - November 4, 2018

artwork by Anila Quayyum Agha featuring a large hanging sculpture that casts decorative light across the Atrium walls

ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA

The Greys In Between

March 10 - June 24, 2018

2017

kinetic sculpture by Juan Fontanive featuring hanging rods with circles that change from white to colors

JUAN FONTANIVE

Movement 4

November 18, 2017 - February 18, 2018

artwork by Gabriel Dawe that features colored strings hung across the Atrium Gallery mimicking a light prism

GABRIEL DAWE

Plexus No. 38

July 15 - October 29, 2017

artwork by Lauren Fensterock featuring black rectangles going from the floor up to the wall filled with black objects

LAUREN FENSTERSTOCK

Holophusicon

March 18 - June 18, 2017

2016

artwork by Nicola Lopez featuring oversized reduction woodcut prints and steel elements mimicking buildings

NICOLA LÓPEZ

A Gentle Defiance of Gravity and Form

November 19, 2016 - February 26, 2017

artwork by Ethan Murrow featuring an oversized Sharpie drawing of a man crouching over a pile of food

ETHAN MURROW

Plethora

July 16 - October 30, 2016

artwork by Shinique Smith featuring fabric, paint, found objects, and used clothing

SHINIQUE SMITH

Quickening

March 19 - June 26, 2016

2015

artwork by Ian Johnston featuring a fabric sack filled with red shopping carts hanging from the ceiling

IAN JOHNSTON

Fish Tales

November 14, 2015 - February 28, 2016

artwork by Joelle Dietrick featuring walls painted with colorful stripes and architectural elements

JOELLE DIETRICK

Cargomobilities

July 18 - October 25, 2015

artwork by Angela of Glajcar featuring an oversized hanging form made from cream colored paper

ANGELA GLAJCAR

Terforation

March 28 - June 28, 2015

2014

MOCA's Project Atrium gallery featuring the work of Angela Strassheim

ANGELA STRASSHEIM

November 22, 2014 - March 1, 2015

MOCA's Project Atrium gallery featuring the work of Caroline Lathan-Stiefel

CAROLINE LATHAN-STIEFEL

Wider than the Sky

July 26 - October 26, 2014

MOCA's Project Atrium gallery featuring the work of Shaun Thurston

SHAUN THURSTON

April 9 - July 6, 2014

2013

MOCA's Project Atrium gallery featuring the work of Ingrid Calame

INGRID CALAME

Tarred Over Cracks

November 16, 2013 - March 9, 2014