MOCA Toronto

MOCA Toronto

MOCA is a permanent home for contemporary art right here in Canada’s largest city.

It’s now housed in what used to be an old aluminum factory, five times the size of the previous West Queen West space. MOCA started out as the Art Gallery of North York in 2000.

The first floor is always free and open to the public, though admission to the entire museum is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and if you’re under 18, it’s free.

MOCA Toronto

Art Metropole, formerly found on Dundas West, moved into this first floor, selling books and art publications. There’s also a location of Forno Cultura housed in a light-filled glass front area.

The first floor will also always be home to what’s being called an Invitation Project. Andreas Angelidakis’ DEMOS - A Reconstruction is composed of 74 foam modules covered in vinyl the public is free to interactively rearrange, and which can be repurposed to create makeshift performance spaces.

Inaugural exhibit of 16 international artists BELIEVE centres around the powerful, positive verb, meant to reflect the positive impact of the art gallery on the community. 

MOCA Toronto

The first piece encountered exiting elevators up to the second floor is Indigenous artist Carl Beam’s The Columbus Suite, 12 photo-based etchings depicting those who died for their beliefs from Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln to Sitting Bull and religious martyrs.

MOCA Toronto

Scarborough artist Nep Sidhu created Quazarz Pinball Arcade with Security and Leisure Enhancement Console, an entirely redesigned, reprogrammed pinball machine with sounds and music by Shabazz Palaces connected to a responsive opposing machine that calls to mind concepts of surveillance.

MOCA Toronto

Toronto-based Rajni Perera’s Talisman is a captivating double throne created in collaboration with Yorgo Liapis, and immediately evokes an opportunity for discussion of different viewpoints and a bridging of ideas.

MOCA Toronto

Darkened rooms for exhibiting video art are slotted into corners of the gallery, Jeremy Shaw’s Quickeners appropriating footage from a documentary about a Pentecostal Christian sect, two rows of chairs thoughtfully but eerily set up in imitation of a church basement environment.

MOCA Toronto

Originally installed in Montreal, Dineo Seshee Bopape’s And-In. The Light of This._ creates art out of Haitian voodoo symbology and spells.

MOCA Toronto

Having a Barbara Kruger piece as part of BELIEVE solidifies MOCA as a gallery where world-class art can be seen. 

moca torontoHalf the fifth floor is devoted to rotating programming, an Art in Use program of rotating exhibits centring around new commissions, events and workshops. The other half is devoted to a location of Akin collective with over 30 studio spaces available.

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Hector Vasquez

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5 Upcoming Events
About the Event
  • July 21

    Zine Dream is an annual small press art fair that is held in Toronto, Ontario. Each year features over 100 vendors of self published books, comics, music, zines, hand made crafts, prints & much more! Zine Dream 12 is happening on July 21, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art (158 Sterling Rd., Toronto) Admission is FREE

  • July 24

    Join us to celebrate the first exhibition of Akin residency artists at MOCA:

    Adria Mirabelli, Carrie Chisholm, David Constantino Salazar, Emily Woudenberg, Emma White, Eva Kolcze, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Humboldt Magnussen, Jennifer Dany Aubé, Jessica Thalmann, Jieun June Kim, Leone McComas, Liang Wang, Maren Boedeker, Nuff, Polymetis, Raoul Olou, Raquel Da Silva, Samar Hejazi, Sara Mozafari,...

  • July 25 - September 8

    The exhibition, An Index, exposes work by the first cohort of residency artists who entered Akin’s Studio Program in September 2018. While the participating artists’ practices range widely in terms of conceptual approach, style and media; they have also been influenced to some degree by the experience of sharing and conversing within Akin’s open-plan studio structure for the last nine months.

  • July 27-28

    This workshop explores different ways to create art using sustainable and natural materials. Artist Maria Queiroga will show participants how to use foods like beet juice and hibiscus tea to create safe and chemical-free inks. You will have a chance to make beautiful, abstract paintings using natural ink on paper.

    About Maria Queiroga

    Brazilian-born Maria Queiroga is a Toronto-based multi...

  • August 17

    MOCA will be transformed into an interactive art party by a group of Toronto’s talented emerging artists. This building, at 158 Sterling Road, was once the site of legendary illicit dance parties, raves, and punk gigs. Taking inspiration from this past, underground nightlife hub, we will revive its wild legacy for one night only with amazing art and music, lighting MOCA up in the dark. Starting...

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