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.