MOCCA Launches Summer Program with Three Exciting Solo Exhibitions!



MOCCA Launches Summer Program with Three Exciting Solo Exhibitions!


TORONTO, Ontario, June 17, 2013 – The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is pleased to launch our Summer 2013 program with the Toronto premieres of three solo exhibitions: Louise Bourgeois 1911-2010;   David Armstrong Six | Three Known Points;  and Barbara Astman | Dancing With Che: Enter Through The Gift Shop, in our galleries from June 22 – August 11, 2013. The public opening reception will take place on Friday, June 21, from 8 – 10pm. MOCCA has teamed up with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery to provide a free shuttle bus that will operate on Friday evening between the two locations as we both celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions. The bus will make its first MOCCA departure at 8:15pm and runs between the two locations until 11pm.

Louise Bourgeois 1911-2010 is a special Main Space presentation of the widely-acclaimed National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art program. Drawn from the collection of the NGC and loans from the Louise Bourgeois Trust, this installation pays homage to the remarkable career of one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Included are works from her very first solo sculpture exhibition in New York in 1949, as well as the NGC’s recent acquisition Cell (The Last Climb), 2008, the last of the more than twenty large-scale cell sculptures that she produced. Louise Bourgeois 1911-2010 is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and presented by MOCCA.

Three Known Points is an exhibition of recent sculptural work and photographs presented in the MOCCA Project Space by Berlin and Montreal-based artist David Armstrong Six. Working in a diverse range of materials, including wood, bronze, plaster, metal and glass, this new body of work, referred to as “associative abstraction” was produced in Berlin within the last year and first exhibited in Canada at PARISIAN LAUNDRY in Montreal this past May. David Armstrong Six | Three Known Points is organized by MOCCA and curated by David Liss and Jonathan Shaughnessy. David Armstrong Six is represented by PARISIAN LAUNDRY, Montreal.

Dancing With Che: Enter Through The Gift Shop is an intervention-installation of Che Guevara souvenirs in the MOCCA Media/Retail Space. Internationally-acclaimed artist Barbara Astman considers what it means for a cultural icon to appear on a multitude of mass-produced consumer items. The artist entices visitors with her retail display, but does not allow them to satiate their consumer desire – none of the objects are for sale. Barbara Astman is represented by Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

MOCCA will also be presenting Artist Talks on Saturday, June 22, 3pm. Join artists Barbara Astman, David Armstrong Six, and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, for a tour of the exhibitions.

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  • David Liss, Artistic Director & Curator, MOCCA 

We’re really excited to have the opportunity to position two important Canadian artists alongside one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th Century.

  • Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada 

In organizing this exhibition I worked very closely with the artist’s long-time assistant Jerry Gorovoy to ensure a presentation of Bourgeois’ early “Personnages” sculptures as she envisioned these wooden pieces exhibited, without a base – something that was never realized while she was alive. I am very proud of this homage that combines some of Bourgeois’ earliest works with one of her latest, Cell (The Last Climb) (2008), that was a major purchase by the National Gallery of Canada in the months just prior to this iconic artist’s passing in 2010.

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About the National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is a three-year collaborative program that features a series of exclusive exhibitions in MOCCA’s Project Space, drawn from the NGC’s exceptional Contemporary Art collection. These include the presentation of single works, new acquisitions or full-scale exhibitions designed to complement MOCCA’s existing programming. Learn more about the NGC@MOCCA program.

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The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art was founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999, with the mandate to exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian and non-Canadian artists whose works engage and reflect the relevant stories of our times. In 2005, MOCCA relocated to the West Queen West Art + Design District in downtown Toronto, in the heart of one of North America’s most dynamic arts communities and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for cultural production and exchange. Since 2006, MOCCA draws 40,000 visitors annually.

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The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is generously supported by AXA Art Canada, Cineplex Media, World MasterCard® and The Ouellette Family Foundation. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is grateful for the patronage of THE ART DEPT., a leadership circle of MOCCA patrons.

All programs and activities of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial Group, Cisco Canada, individual memberships and private donations.

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