MOCA

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In the sum­mer of 2015, Queen West’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Cana­dian Art closed its doors. Soon af­ter, it was an­nounced that the Toronto-based in­sti­tu­tion would be re­born as the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art (MOCA) in a cen­tury-old fac­tory in the Junc­tion Tri­an­gle. Af­ter a cou­ple of years—and some bu­reau­cratic buga­boos— MOCA is re­open­ing on Septem­ber 22. Mark your cal­en­dar, be­cause that’s when Toronto will get to hang with New York, Lon­don and all the other cool mu­seum cities. “There’s a con­ver­sa­tion hap­pen­ing be­tween Toronto and the rest of the world right now,” says Heidi Reit­maier, the mu­seum’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor and CEO, “and MOCA is ripe to em­brace it.”

The mu­seum’s first ma­jor group ex­hi­bi­tion, BE­LIEVE, re­flects the city’s in­ter­na­tional at­ti­tude. Fea­tur­ing 16 artists from Toronto and be­yond, BE­LIEVE will ex­plore how per­sonal and col­lec­tive beliefs de­fine ex­is­tence in a glob­al­ized world. Why? “We want to make the un­known a lit­tle more fa­mil­iar,” says Reit­maier.

LEFT: BY SOUTH AFRICAN CON­CEP­TUAL ARTIST KEN­DELL GEERS BELOW: BY TORONTO-BASED SRI LANKAN-BORN ARTIST RA­JNI PER­ERA

BY AWOL ERIZKU, THE ETHIOPIANAMERICAN ARTIST WHO FA­MOUSLY SHOT BEY­ONCé’S ICONIC 2017 PREG­NANCY POR­TRAIT. FOR BE­LIEVE, HE TRACKS THE EVO­LU­TION OF HIS CUL­TURE FROM AN­CIENT EGYPT TO THE 1960S CIVIL RIGHTS MOVE­MENT.

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