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Spring 2016 Exhibitions Opening – MOCA Members’ Preview

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Spring 2016 Exhibitions Opening &
MOCA Members’ Preview
Saturday 13 February

Join us in celebrating the opening of our Spring 2016 exhibitions with a food truck, bar, and music by resident Disc Jockey Thomas Johnson!

+ Max Estenger, 1991-2016
+ Nicole Miller, Every Word Said: History Lessons from Athens and Tucson
+ For All, Selections From the Arts for All Archive

If you’re not a member, or your membership has expired, be sure to join or renew in time for the opening! Memberships start as low as $4 a month, join today at www.moca-tucson.org/membership

+ Max Estenger, 1991-2016
In the Great Hall MOCA presents a mid-career survey of New York-based artist Max Estenger covering close to twenty–five years of painting and sculpture, as well as incorporating a new large-scale architectural piece modeled on a Brooklyn subway token booth constructed specifically for this exhibition. A rigorous formal language is the driving force in these works, a making of adamantly non-pictorial “specific objects” in conversation with art history and an ongoing grappling with the ideological parameters of abstract painting. Resolutely anti-illusionistic, this art comes from Estenger’s commitment to a systematic, though not dogmatic, engagement with the challenge of how to “take a flat surface and organize something compelling on top of it.” Included are his See-through and OSHA paintings, in which real space is created by the actual supports themselves, more recent vibrantly-hued color band works, and blocky and ruggedly elegant sheetrock sculptures. This extensive sampling is an important and overdue consideration of an artist who brings integrity, a moral dimension, and tough-minded tenacity to visual materializations that fuse a serious study of direct experience with aesthetic gratification.

+ Nicole Miller, Every Word Said: History Lessons from Athens and Tucson
Tucson-born, Los Angeles-based Nicole Miller will create an installation consisting of six video projections, turning the entire southeast wing into a darkened, immersive viewing experience. Whether it be architecture in the form of shuttered elementary schools on Tucson’s east side, or people talking about themselves and their experiences, Miller makes portraits and vignettes, bringing intimate detail to bear on these subjects. The buildings, wordlessly, and the individuals, verbosely and enthusiastically, tell their own stories, providing the audience with agency and letting them bask in and be edified by the realization of how moving images are used as a means to transmit ideas and information. Not documentary per se, Miller’s accomplishment in an oversaturated media environment is showing us things and people we haven’t encountered before, true to her stated wish that “I still feel that I am making images that I’ve never seen, like there’s work that I need to do and can do,” while also providing a platform for revealing, possibly cathartic, occasionally sublimely subjective self-representation.

+For All, Selections from the Arts For All Archive
For All brings together drawings, ceramics, and collaborative paintings made during the last five years, chosen from the collection of Arts for All, a local non-profit founded in 1979 that provides quality art focus for adults with disabilities. Arts for All provides both extremely valuable therapeutic support and vocational training, and the artwork that results definitively renders moot questions of outsider vs. insider or naïve vs. professional. The exhibition’s emphasis is on myriad resourceful and powerful drawing styles and exceptionally expressive and beautiful ceramics, in which boisterous figuration and rough materiality mix with refined aptitude. A provocation to the perversion of assigning objective values to art, For All is a showcase for contemporary artists whose backgrounds are undoubtedly integral, though in the end wholly irrelevant in regards to the distinctive merit of their output.


February 13
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
265 S. Church Ave
Tucson , AZ 85701 United States


Museum Of Contemporary Art