...painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities—gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows—MOCA seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art.
In the mid 1980's, the Museum hired VernerJohnson to plan and design their new facility on a beautiful wooded site just six blocks from the oceanfront.
To provide the flexibility necessary to accommodate the Museum's monthly changing exhibitions, the column-free galleries were equipped with a custom designed system of movable wall panels, permitting spaces of various sizes to be arranged as needed. Daylight entering through clerestory monitor windows can be regulated by precisely-controlled motorized solar shades to exclude all natural light if extremely sensitive media is to be displayed.
Visitors enter the building from a copper-roofed walkway into a 50 ft high skylighted interior courtyard which serves as an airy transition between the Museum's wooded grounds and the controlled environment of the exhibition galleries. As the nucleus of the building, this courtyard establishes a place of arrival and gathering space which also provides access to the Museum's various facilities. It also provides a special events space that augments the Museums income and community connections.
The functional aspects of the building have been carefully planned. The exhibition galleries are serviced through a 12 ft. by 12 ft. roll-up door opening to a large receiving area surrounded by the required exhibit support facilities, including a crate and exhibit prop storage area, workshop, painting area, exhibit staging area and an art storage area. Humidity and temperature are tightly controlled in the galleries to provide the necessary protection for the various art objects stored and displayed.