Midwest Living Review
Sure you can see modern art at the free-admission Cleveland Museum of Art (just around the corner from MOCA’s new digs), but this is the place for cutting-edge contemporary art, the stuff critics call edgy or experimental. Its biggest fans see as straight-up cool. You’ll find paintings, sculptures, huge installations and multimedia pieces; there’s even a video salon. With no permanent collection, MOCA hosts eight annual exhibitions, with little to no overlap, giving visitors plenty of reasons to return.
MOCA’s new home, in the Uptown district, is just as cool as anything inside. Architect Farshid Moussavi’s 34,000-square-foot building defies geometrical classification—beginning as a hexagon and morphing into a square at its roof. Passersby get a taste of treats inside through a four-story atrium that’s backlit at night.
Four floors of galleries shift in size and structure according to the exhibition. The dark blue exterior walls stand out from the typical white. Skip the elevator and take to the stairs. While the main stairs seem to twist and float like a sculpture, a second set of stairs is neatly encased beneath them. Ascend with an open view of the entire museum and descend in a tunnel of yellow light. There’s a gift shop and cafe on the first floor. Parking may be difficult to find; look for spots along Euclid or in the metered lot on Mayfield. Admission is $8. Open Tuesdays through Sundays.
Even if you’re not into modern art, MOCA’s double-dose of adventurous architecture and unexpected exhibitions just might change your mind.