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.
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