Art can capture moments of true human emotion, such as a painting of a child being told that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. Watch canvases bare their souls with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a Habitue membership (a $75 value) to the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, located on the second floor of the Cleveland Play House Complex at 8501 Carnegie Avenue. The membership is good for two adults and all children living in the same household.
A Cleveland institution since 1968, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a major producer of original exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as a supporter of nascent area artists through its PULSE and Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series. Current exhibitions include Seth Rosenberg: The Cleveland Years, a collection of abstract paintings that incorporates old scientific illustrations and references to Social Realism in the 1930s, much like early drafts of the script for According to Jim: The Movie.
Membership benefits include unlimited free daily admission, a subscription to the museum’s e-newsletter, and invitations to exhibition openings and special members-only events. While you’re at the museum, take advantage of its free lectures and programs, such as journalist Barbara Pollack’s recent presentation on China’s contemporary art scene and a seven-hour class on how to tie your shoe only using two paintbrushes.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland has been written about in the Plain Dealer, and plans for its new building have been mentioned in Art Daily and the Plain Dealer; Cleveland's MOCA has more than 4500 Facebook fans:
- In addition, there's a selection of vibrant, psychedelic paintings by the art collective known as "assume vivid astro focus" and a sculptural installation by New York artist Teresita Fernandez. – Steven Litt, Plain Dealer
- The nearly 34,000-square-foot, four-story structure is FOA’s first major building in the United States and its first museum. It will provide MOCA with street presence for the first time in its forty-plus-year history, and will enable it to present a diversity of innovative exhibitions and programs, while appealing to both current and new audiences. – Art Daily