Opening Night For Winter/Spring Exhibitions

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Opening Night For Winter/Spring Exhibitions
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Opening Night For Winter/Spring Exhibitions says
Free + open to all.

MOCA invites you to celebrate a new year and a new season offering a vital consideration of how we see ourselves today. Be the first to experience Stranger, an international group exhibition of artists exploring the imagined figure; abduct, a new video commission by rising artist Xavier Cha that probes uncontrollable emotional states; an animated video work by Oliver Laric, and a haunting sound installation by Marina Rosenfeld.

Xavier Cha in conversation with Associate Curator Rose Bouthillier

Create artwork inspired by the new exhibitions.


The Opening is sponsored by BakerHostetler.

Stranger examines recent developments in figuration that speak to the continually evolving (and dissolving) notion of being. Many of the artists in the exhibition use traditional forms of painting and sculpture to create works with personality, power, and unnerving self-possession. Others employ the distancing effects of the camera to contemplate how people are projected, connected to, and consumed. Moving into the digital realm, several works on view explore online personas, disembodied being, and artificial intelligence.

Across this range of genres and forms, the artists in Stranger consider how we perceive, construct, and understand individual experience through the concepts of “body” and “presence.” They demonstrate the figure’s continued relevance, exploring it as a forceful, unsettled, and inescapable vessel for consciousness.


Xavier Cha’s performance-based works concern the body, self, and subjectivity within contemporary culture. She isolates elements of expression and communication, creating bare, abstract, and often illogical experiences.

For abduct, Cha presents a newly-commissioned video that present actors as they battle conflicting emotions. While outwardly (and non-linguistically) expressing an extreme emotion, such as livid rage, a more subtle emotion emerges from beneath the surface, like the corners of the actor's mouth distorting to suppress laughter. Both emotions function as foreign agents attempting to gain dominance, or hijack the vehicle of the actor's facial expression and body.

abduct was produced in collaboration with Frieze Film, a series of new films commissioned from established and emerging artists premiered annually as part of Frieze Projects, Frieze London’s non-profit curated program. Frieze Film is supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts, who will also broadcast the commissions.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA