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“Museum of Contemporary Art - Depends on the exhibit!” 3 of 5 stars
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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.
Miami Beach
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“Museum of Contemporary Art - Depends on the exhibit!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We visited on a Friday night and took advantage of a free Jazz concert and free museum entry program. The current exhibit, Bill Viola, who uses electronic, sound, and image rotation to express his artistic presentation. We did not find it interesting or worth seeing. We won't try to describe each video as that would be a considerable effort; but will tell you it helps to talk to the staff about the videos to learn what it is about. The building itself is very small and it is entirely given to a single exhibit. The Jazz concert made the evening worth the trip.

Visited January 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Great Visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I came to this museum on a trip to Miami with friends from England and I have to say this is an amazing place! Brilliant exhibition. I wasn't familiar with the artist, Bill Viola, but I loved the pieces and the museum made it a more intimate experience. Loved it!

Visited January 2013
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“Interesting, not overwhelming.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

I visited on a Sunday and took advantage of BofA's free museum entry program. The current exhibit is interesting and worth seeing. I won't try to describe each video but will tell you it helps to talk to the staff about the video or use a QR reader to get information on each video.
The building itself is very small so when you visit don't expct multiple floors or multiple wings. It is small but can hold many pieces of work.
Bonus to tjhe area....iI the immediate area are sme great mid century furniture stores.

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Miami, Florida
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“Bill Viola Exhibit at MOCA is Terrific”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were not familiar with the work of this artist, but wanted to find something to do to spend time with friends over the holidays. We are happy we decided to explore this exhibition, which consists of 15 video pieces. Be sure to take the time to explore each one - if you just walk through without engaging in each piece you will miss the point! My favorite pieces were "Observance," "The Quintent of the Astonished," and "Three Women," but they are each absorbing. This exhibit is there until March 5, 2013.

Visited December 2012
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We went out of our way to see the museum which at the far north end of Miami. The museum is fairly small but has plans for expansion. I didn't see much of a permanent collection. The current exhibit really wasn't an exhibit. MOCA had invited several artists to move their studios to the galleries (Trading Places). Only one of the artists was present on a weekend and it was pleasant to talk to him about his drawings and concepts. The rest of the studios in the galleries were unmanned and pretty disorganized. Before going to MOCA I'd check online to make sure that there is an exhibit that interests you. Parking is free and convenient.

Visited November 2012
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