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“A Must See for Art Lovers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art
770 NE 125th Street, Miami, FL 33161
305-893-6211
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Owner description: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences.The Museum of Contemporary Art is known for its provocative and innovative exhibitions, and for seeking a fresh approach in examining the art of our time. The museum maintains an active exhibition schedule, presenting 8 to 10 exhibitions annually.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A Must See for Art Lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Although a bit out of the way for most visitors to Miami Beach, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami is really one that ought not be missed. I go every time I'm in Miami and each visit is a pleasure. It's a fairly small museum but they have really first rate shows and one of the best museum stores anywhere. They are currently in a fundraising drive to expand and I do wish them good fortune on this endeavor. Current exhibition includes works by Ed Ruscha and Ragnar Kjartansson from Iceland. Kjartansson's video pieces are both funny and thought provoking. Unlike many galleries and museums the staff at MOCA are exceedingly helpful and friendly. In fact on my last visit I got into an intelligent conversation with one of the security guards about one of Kjartansson's videos. If you're staying in Miami Beach MOCA is straight up I-95 to NE 125th Street. Not the best of neighborhoods but well worth the trip.

Visited August 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Love the Openings!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

I highly recommend going to MOCA's Thursday night show openings. I've been to a few now - great food, fun art, the people are enjoyable, and the staff is knowledgeable.

Visited June 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“great contemporary art Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

what can i say, great art, great art store.
the museum is relitively small.

Visited January 2012
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Philadelphia
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“Great small museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

Saw the Mark Handforth exhibition. A well curated and thoughtful show.

Visited December 2011
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“Dissapointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

Having been to the Salvador Dali museum in Tampa a few days earlier, I found myself wondering in this museum wondering where the art was?

Visited August 2011
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Tommy P, Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review, June 11, 2012
Thanks so much for your feedback!

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami's dedication to presenting the most compelling artwork being made in our time can sometimes leave little room for context in terms of the canon of art history. "Some critics like Julian Spalding and Donald Kuspit have suggested that skepticism, even rejection, is a legitimate and reasonable response to much contemporary art!"

So you weren't far off! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will come in again! Here is a little more information about the exhibit that was up during your visit in August 2011.

You can watch most of the videos on Ryan Trecartin's Youtube page here: http://www.youtube.com/user/WianTreetin

Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever premiered in New York City at MOMA's contemporary art wing PS1 (www.momaps1.org) just one month prior to it opening at our museum in Miami.

Here is a link to an article in the NYTimes written by their Chief Art Critc, Roberta Smith
where she calls Ryan Trecartin "a game changing artist"

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/arts/design/ryan-trecartins-any-ever-at-moma-ps1-review.html
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