MOCA Toronto announces reopening dates and exhibits

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Toronto will reopen to the public on July 23, 2021 with required advance timed-ticketing. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public on the Museum’s website beginning on July 19.

Krista Belle Stewart, Truth to Material, 2019-ongoing
Installation view: Acts of Erasure, MOCA Toronto, 2020
Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

MOCA reopens with a new exhibition by Kapwani Kiwanga and a sound installation by Joy Wong and Florence Yee. These are presented alongside site-specific exhibitions by Fatma Bucak, Michael Lin, Mika Rottenberg, and Krista Belle Stewart that debuted in 2020.

Michael Lin, Archipelago, 2020, wooden platforms and hand painted installation at MOCA Toronto (2020-2021). Photo by Tom Arban Inc.

MOCA will launch Greater Toronto Art 2021 (GTA21), on September 29. This new Museum-wide triennial survey features twenty-one of among the most energizing artists and art collectives working in relation to the city today. To prepare for GTA21, the Museum will be closed August 30 – September 28, 2021.

“We so appreciate everyone’s efforts to help MOCA reopen and grateful to the artists whose work is on view. During the Museum’s physical closure, the MOCA team has been actively expanding digital offerings, securing funding to broaden the exhibition and education programmes, finalizing a five-year strategic plan, and developing a set of initiatives as we look towards the future,” says MOCA’s Executive Director and CEO Kathleen Bartels. “Being able to reopen MOCA as a safe and inspiring environment offers the opportunity to once again come together, albeit socially distant, to engage, discuss, and appreciate the essential role that art plays in our lives. We look forward to welcoming our visitors and members back to experience work by influential artists that garnered critical acclaim before and during shutdown.”

Kapwani Kiwanga
Flowers for Africa: Angola, 2020
Protocol of assembly and display including archival iconography to guide the reconstruction of a floral arrangement consisting of cut flowers
View of the exhibition Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2020-2021
©Photo : Aurélien Mole
Private collection of Eugene Fu
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Poggi, Paris

Public programmes—including conversations, lectures, virtual tours, and other events—will continue to be offered on the Museum’s online platforms. Current offerings include a presentation of The Bijuriya and Boujee Wacky Tacky Cabaret by Gabriel Dharmoo and Olivia Shortt on view until July 22. Other upcoming programmes include Mahjong Monday Memories on July 22 and the unveiling of a Michael Lin-inspired virtual MOCA “room” as part of the online Tea Base artist residency’s VR platform.

In addition, MOCA is working with Native Art Department International on the current programme for Shift Key, a rotating online platform of moving-image artworks. The current project Tasting is the process of comparing two or more ingredients to each other by Eero Yli-Vakkuri and Tea Andreoletti (Finland) is available to view until July 31.

MOCA continues to undertake enhanced safety measures based on best practices and guidance regarding COVID-19 from health authorities and government agencies. These include wayfinding graphics, distancing guidelines, hand-sanitizing stations, increased cleaning of public and employee areas, timed ticketing, and face coverings mandated for staff and visitors at all times. Health and safety protocols are outlined on MOCA’s website.

Mika Rottenberg, Spaghetti Blockchain, 2019, video still. Single-channel video installation (sound, colour). 8 minutes,14 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.