Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, also known as MOCA Jacksonville, is a contemporary art museum in Jacksonville, Florida, funded and operated as a "cultural resource" of the University of North Florida. One of the largest contemporary art institutions in the Southeastern United States, it presents exhibitions by international, national and regional artists.HistoryMOCA Jacksonville was founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society, the first organization in the Jacksonville community devoted to the visual arts. In 1948 the Museum was incorporated as the Jacksonville Art Museum, and in 1978 it became the first institution in Jacksonville to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.In late 1999 the Museum acquired its permanent home, the historic Western Union Telegraph Building on Hemming Plaza, adjacent to the newly renovated City Hall, and became the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art (JMOMA). In 2000, a series of preview exhibitions opened in a temporary exhibition space while the building facade was restored to its original Art Deco style. The interior was completely refurbished to house the Museum’s galleries, educational facilities, a theater/auditorium, Museum Shop and Café Nola. Total renovation of the 60000sqft, six-floor facility was completed in 2003, culminating in a grand re-opening in May of that year.GrowthAfter moving to its downtown location the Museum experienced rapid growth in both membership and the size of the permanent collection. The many substantial additions to the collection increased not only its quality, but also its size to almost 800 pieces. After completing a recent review of the current scope of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, discussions were held regarding the distinctions between modern and contemporary art, as well as the Museum’s mission and vision for the future. It was decided that in order for the Museum to convey a strong sense of identity and purpose to both the community and other art institutions across the country, its name should change. Therefore, in November 2006, JMOMA became the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.
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  • Great for those who enjoy modern art! the Museum is always renewing with new views, is worth knowing.
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  • I had the opportunity to see a lovely concert on Mother's Day of this year and the exhibitions were great. The acoustics for the concert was wonderful and I rather enjoyed the more intimate auditorium...  more »
  • We whipped through in about an hour. Low cost and easy way to get out of the house and get a little bit of culture and do something different and interesting in Jacksonville,Fl. Probably not for child...  more »
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  • An absolute amazing museum, very well done! Hope to go there some day! I really hope!
  • Another wild and wonderful installation in the atrium. Always leave thinking I don't understand modern art....then thinking about what I have just seem for weeks. 3rd floor rotating exhibits always make me reconsider the definition of art.
  • Unexpectedly amazing collection of work! Project Atrium changes often, and is worth checking out each time. Lectures and events are not as publicized as I would hope - but they are always great! You should go! It's great to swing by during lunch or after a meeting. Free for UNF students, and to the public during Art Walk - but if you want to spend time with the art, don't go during Art Walk.
  • Small, but the space isn't wasted. The exhibits they pick are all incredible in their own way, and the room that isn't used to exhibit art within this building is used for classes and for kids to learn about and create art, which I wholly support.
  • I think for this review it would be best to tell how our day unfolded. We arrive at the MOCA around noon on Saturday. I am able to find a premium parking spot right in the front. I'm thinking this is great as it was 95 degrees. We walk over to the Burrito Gallery for lunch before visiting the museum. We are greeted by a nice woman who informs us the credit card terminal is down. No problem, it happens, we'll go around the block and get some cash. Turns out the closest one had bean stolen so we head around Hemming to find another ATM. On the way we found a nice piece on the side of a building which I found more interesting than most of the pieces I would later see. When we got back we found out the third floor was closed to install a new installation (which seemed interesting from the brochure) and two more floors were dedicated to office space and a children's exhibit/craft space which didn't interest us. The first floor consists of a gift shop, cafe, theater and a large art piece. The shop, cafe and theater were closed. The second floor had a few interesting pieces but nothing extraordinary. We were there for 30 minutes. I have attached a photo of the piece we found near the ATM.

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