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|Location||770 NE 125 Street
"North Miami, Florida, "United States
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is a "collecting "museum located in the heart of downtown "North Miami, Florida. MoCA offers visitors both temporary exhibitions and exhibitions of its collection. The 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) structure was designed by the internationally acclaimed "architecture firm "Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, "New York City, which worked in conjunction with the "Miami firm of Gelabert-Navia to create the building.
The Museum of Contemporary Art began as the Center for Contemporary art in a single gallery space in 1981. In 1996, the museum opened a new building, following the establishment of its permanent collection in 1995.
MOCA’s Optic Nerve is recognized as an important forum for emerging artists working in film. Since its inception in 2000, over 220 artists have been featured in this series, many of them publicly presenting their work for the first time.
In the fall of 2014, a longtime conflict between the City of North Miami and the museum's board of trustees led to the establishment of a new arts organization, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami's Design District. The split came after a lawsuit claimed that the City of North Miami failed to meet its obligation to the museum, damaging its reputation. The lawsuit was eventually settled and as a condition, approximately 70 percent of MOCA's 700 works of art were gifted to the city. 200 pieces were to be held by the new organization, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami).
Miami’s Optic Nerve Video Festival, now in its 15th prestigious year at the Museum of Contemporary Art, caters to the latter category, in which visual innovation trumps storytelling mechanics. Selected by a panel of expert curators from such far-flung locales as Norway, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, the festival will screen 14 films and videos running less than five minutes in length, all of them produced within the past two years. The winning work will earn a place in MOCA’s permanent collection. Some of the most anticipated films/videos include Juwon Lee’s “Hidden Stories of Super Mario Brothers;” Cindy Hinant’s “SELFISH;” Jon Rafman’s “In the Realms of Gold;” and “How to Hide From Cameras,” a piece by Jillian Mayer, the only Florida artist to make it into this year’s competition (she’s from Plantation).
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