RECOMMENDED EXCURSION: Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA)

Take the Skyway to Hemming Plaza Station. MOCA is in the Historic Western Union Building across the Plaza next to our Main Library

What you will find:

ReFocus: Art of the 1980s
Sept. 15, 2012-Jan. 8, 2013
ReFocus: Art of the 1980s showcases the art you might have missed while you were, as Madonna sang, busy living in a material world. Many of the major figures of contemporary art — David Salle, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Eric Fischl – came to prominence during this important decade and their influences still reverberate today. While observers hailed the movements of the ‘80s as a “return to painting,” what matters equally about the art of this era is the artists’ conscious and explicit role as celebrities and the manner in which the limelight allowed them to act as interpreters, mediators, and trendsetters of cultural, social and political developments. Other established artists highlighted in the exhibition, such as Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein, either experienced career resurgences or remained influential on the younger generation of artists during the ‘80s. Neo-Expressionism, New Image painting, the East Village scene, graffiti art, and neo-conceptualism were a few of the movements that reached zeniths of varying heights and vulnerability during the era.
In This Moment: Art With A Heart In Healthcare
Sept. 9-Nov.30, 2012
MOCA Jacksonville teams up with Art with a Heart in Healthcare to present ‘In this Moment,’ a photography exhibit featuring the work of talented patient-artists. More than 20 young photographers worked with Art with a Heart in Healthcare while receiving treatment at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. In This Moment is a glance into the lives, passions and experiences of the patient-artists. The Art with a Heart in Healthcare team worked one-on-one with these young photographers to guide them through the technical skills of using the camera while providing an enriched art experience. This program was made possible through a partnership with the Baptist Health Foundation
Rendering Italy: UNF Art & Design Faculty Abroad
August 16 – Oct. 7, 2012
Works by eight UNF faculty members from the Department of Art and Design will reflect contemporary responses to the enduring beauty, majestic history and rich cultural fabric of Italy. Painters Paul Ladnier, Jason John, Kyle Keith and Raymond Gaddy respond to their experiences in Massa Marittima, Florence, Naples and Venice as professors on the department’s study abroad summer programs. Their inspiration is recorded in oils and watercolors both in plein air and back in the studio, while photographer Alex Diaz captures imagery from the great urban energy of Rome. Louise Freshman Brown continues her provocative and arresting work in collage, drawn from the layers of past that continue to inform the present in surprising ways. Jenny Hager uses video to capture images of daily life, finding beauty in the mundane. Emily Arthur incorporates imagery from her time as a visiting artist in Venice. Rendering Italy also celebrates UNFs commitment to increase international opportunities for students and faculty alike.
UNF Faculty of Art and Design Annual Exhibition
Oct. 16, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013
The tremendous diversity of disciplines practiced by these artists and educators will be reflected in various media: sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, photography and printmaking. Styles range from the classically inspired to the most cutting edge approaches characterizing contemporary art. In addition, faculty members will participate in a wide variety of lectures and public programming.

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