MOCA Toronto announces opening date and inaugural show

The museum, in limbo since August 2015, to open May 26 in its new Sterling Rd. home with Believe.

Jeremy Shaw's 'The Quickeners' is among works by some 15 artists to appear in MOCA Toronto's inaugural show.

Finally. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada, announced Tuesday night that its long absence from the city’s cultural scene would end May 26, 2018 with the opening of Believe, the museum’s first exhibition in nearly three years.

The exhibition, curated by the museum’s longtime creative director David Liss, embodies a spirit MOCA has had from the beginning: of bootstrapping, issues-driven art in tune with the local community. But it will also make a clear statement how a bigger, more ambitious MOCA will see itself in the wider world.

“I felt like this opening had to be positive; it had to be celebratory in some way,” Liss said. “But it also had to be global. We’re in Toronto, but we’re also citizens of the world.”

The list of artists included in the show include those both from here and abroad, across a range of media and generations: Nep Sidhu and Rajni Perera, both young Toronto artists, will occupy a significant portion alongside prominent Canadian artists like Jeremy Shaw, Tim Whiten and Carl Beam, as well as artists ranging far across the international field: Meschac Gaba from Benin; Kendell Geers and Dineo Seshee Bopape, both from South Africa; American artist Maya Stovall; and Ethiopian-American artist Awol Erizku, among others.