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MOCA Toronto Announces Fall 2023 Programming

With works from internationally acclaimed artists, this season invites viewers to immerse themselves in an array of thought-provoking sculpture, installation and portraiture.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) announces its fall 2023 programme, which includes the works of two internationally celebrated artists, Phyllida Barlow and Liz Magor, and Dancing in the Light, an exhibition of work from The Wedge Collection, marking the second instalment of MOCA’s The City is a Collection series. This suite of shows includes newly commissioned and loaned works of art, as well as reimagined installations responding to MOCA’s unique architecture.

British artist Phyllida Barlow’s immense sculptures and bold drawings will hold the Ground Floor in an exhibition titled Eleven Columns. Before passing away in 2023, Barlow collaborated with MOCA on building a relationship between her work and the museum’s character, bringing together select works that Barlow had referenced in discussion with the team and acknowledging her love of the museum’s distinct architecture.

Canadian artist Liz Magor has produced one of her most significant commissions to date for her solo exhibition. Titled The Separation, she folds organic and synthetic source materials into lustrous artworks that evoke the melancholy and the absurd. Spanning Floor 2, her work moves between varying moments of suspense: objects intercepting one another as they slip, tumble or fall from safety and favour.

On Floor 3, Dancing in the Light is an exhibition that animates the rich tones and textures of contemporary Black life through portraiture. Drawing entirely from The Wedge Collection, one of Canada’s largest private collections that engages with Black identity and African diasporic culture, the show invites visitors to come together to imagine a more inclusive, loving and nuanced understanding of Blackness. The show continues MOCA’s ongoing series, The City is a Collection, which brings some of Toronto’s most engaging private collections to the public.

Still on view at MOCA until September 30th is acclaimed augmented reality exhibition Seeing the Invisible, featuring incredible AR artworks of 13 internationally recognized artists, including Refik Anadol, Isaac Julien and Pamela Rosenkranz. MOCA’s fall programme also continues with its ongoing site-specific Lightbox commission, located on the museum’s north west facade. This season’s lightbox is by Isabel Okoro, and forms a part of The Wedge Collection exhibition, Dancing in the Light.

Visitors can also enjoy artist talks, exhibition tours, Free Friday Nights powered by Scotiabank, children’s workshops on TD Community Sundays and other public programmes throughout the fall season.

About MOCA Toronto 

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) presents rotating exhibitions that prioritize twenty-first-century artistic production, primarily through commissioning of new work. Artists, partnerships, experimentation, and reciprocal initiatives are at the centre of MOCA’s mission as a locally rooted and internationally connected organization. Focused on core values promoting equity, inclusion, access, courage and responsibility, MOCA fosters active participation and engagement to serve as a welcoming cultural hub in the hyper-diverse city of Toronto. 

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