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MOCA Cleveland Opening Gala

Farshid Moussavi and Jill Snyder
(MOCA Opening Gala)

MOCA”s Opening Gala as seen from outside.

Chris Hixson with Spencer and Kristin Tunick and
Dr. Mitchell Kahan (MOCA Opening Gala)

Eric and Mary Ann Stropkay
(MOCA Opening Gala)
(Cleveland Sports Awards)

  MOCA Cleveland
Opening Gala

                    Rarely has there been such a highly anticipated event in Cleveland as the Gala Opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The event sold out without an invitation ever being sent, with 475 supporters. It was a sophisticated gathering that included guests from museums and galleries throughout the country, as well as artists and architects from abroad.
    The star attraction was Farshid Moussavi, the London-based, Iranian-born architect that designed Cleveland”s newest gem, which is also her first museum. For its inaugural exhibition, "Inside Out and From the Ground Up," MOCA commissioned works by 16 artists from all over the world. The only “local” represented in the show was Barry Underwood, a professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, whose photographs documented the building”s construction.
    Gala co-chairs were Doreen and Dick Cahoon, Grosvie and Charlie Cooley, Char and Chuck Fowler, Victoria Colligan and John Stalcup. Honorary chairs included Agnes Gund from NYC, Scott Mueller, Donna and Stewart Kohl, and Toby Devan Lewis. The plaza adjacent to the museum is named in honor of Ms. Lewis, and was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architects that designed NYC”s acclaimed High Line.
    The three days of festivities celebrating MOCA”s opening were expected to raise $300,000, according to Pamela Barr, opening weekend consultant. STORY BY CAROLINE R. MERK/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT MULLER


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