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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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7 Upcoming Events
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  • May 24

    Mark Dion is an artist whose work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. In Dion’s practice, the lines between art and science are often blurred. On the opening of his exhibition, 'The Life of a Dead Tree', the artist is joined by Marc Mayer for a lively discussion that focuses on the intersect...

  • May 24 - July 29

    Artist Mark Dion brings a massive, fully grown, deceased tree, along with its inhabitants, into MOCA’s exhibition hall for the museum’s first summer exhibition: The Life of a Dead Tree. This specially conceived project marks the 100th anniversary of the Tower Automotive building and brings attention to our role in observing and caring for Toronto’s natural ecosystems.

  • May 25-26

    Coinciding with Doors Open, MOCA’s Sterling Weekend activities take inspiration from Mark Dion’s exhibition, 'The Life of a Dead Tree' and the 100th anniversary of the Tower Automotive Building. Reflecting on the life that has returned to the Tower Automotive Building, artist Mark Dion’s exhibition brings a massive, fully grown, deceased tree into the gallery along with its inhabitants, to crea...

  • May 26

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCAToronto) MOCAToronto invites all to enjoy free admission at the museum one Sunday each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    TD Community Sundays are made possible by TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment. "We are proud and excited to support the winter program at MOCA, which will help amplify diverse voices and time...

  • May 30 - June 15

    Join botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter for a workshop that explores the world of nature drawing and journaling. In this workshop, participants will learn about different journaling styles and will be guided on how to render natural objects and begin their own nature drawing and journaling practices. This workshop takes place in the gallery on Floor 3 alongside Mark Dion’s exhibition The Life o...

  • June 1

    This year’s Pride Launch party could be our greatest yet. Not only are we hosting the event on the first day of Pride month inside one of the city’s newest and most exciting art institutions (MOCA!), but we’ve collaborated with two very exciting partners that will have you gagging on all the eleganza. This year we’re partnering not only with Rainbow Railroad’s annual Freedom Party - an event me...

  • June 16 - July 14

    Artist and Illustrator, Matthew Wells, leads a series of workshops that focus on drawing on insects. Open to all ages and levels, participants will learn the purposes of drawing and documenting biological entities, as well as techniques for rendering the unique contours and vibrant colours of a variety of insect species. Taking place alongside Mark Dion’s exhibition The Life of a Dead Tree, the...

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