With MOCA, Toronto is Joining the Global Contemporary Art Conversation
A major contemporary art museum is pretty much the mark of a cool, international cosmopolitan. Think about it: New York has one, Paris has one, London has one. Finally, Toronto has one too.
In the summer of 2015, Queen West’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art closed its doors. Soon after, it was announced that Toronto-based institution would be reborn as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), housed in a 10-story, century-old factory in the Junction Triangle. After a couple of years—and some bureaucratic bugaboos—MOCA reopened its doors on September 22. It’s been a long time coming, but Toronto is ready to take its global city status: “There’s a conversation happening between Toronto and the rest of the world right now,” says Heidi Reitmaier, the museum’s Executive Director and CEO, “and MOCA is ripe to embrace it.”
The museum’s first major group exhibition, BELIEVE, reflects the city’s international attitude. Featuring 16 artists from Toronto and beyond, BELIEVE will explore how personal and collective beliefs define existence in a globalized world.