|Neighbourhood |||High Park|
|Getting There |||Queen Streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Queen St and Shaw St|
Profile Last Updated: July 09, 2008
Formed in 1999 from the former Art Gallery of North York, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) relocated downtown in 2005 and became Toronto's third largest museum. Devoted to the visual arts, MOCCA currently exists as a not-for-profit, arms-length agency of the City of Toronto’s Culture Division. Its relocation to the heart of Canada’s most dynamic art community was central to its newer, bolder vision.
Exhibiting Canada in a Greater Context
The museum promotes innovative art produced by Canadian artists whose works address the challenging themes and issues of today’s society. Serving as a nucleus for the production and exchange for ideas and innovation, the facility’s modest size reflects the putative Canadian character. MOCCA also exhibits work by international artists in group exhibitions with Canadian artists, to create a global context for the Canadian cultural voice.
Acquired through either purchase or donations, the museum currently boasts a permanent collection of approximately 400 works by more than 150 Canadian artists. Some of the luminaries responsible for these works include Genevieve Cadieux, Ivan Eyre, Stephen Andrews, Betty Goodwin, Arnaud Maggs, Micah Lexier, Roland Poulin, and more. MOCCA has also been known to take its exhibitions on the road, having visited as many as eight other countries. MOCCA strives to continue to establish a network of contacts and partnerships, promoting Canadian artists both at home and all over the world.
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