Background and HistoryThe Art Gallery of North York was established in the late 1990s to showcase modern artwork by artists from Ontario and other provinces in Canada. Within a few years of opening to the public, the museum found its second home in the trendy West Queen West Art + Design District. After a decade-long run in that vibrant neighborhood, the venue urgently needed to relocate because of a local real estate boom that threatened demolitions of old properties. Consequently, the organization moved into the Tower Automotive Building just outside of the downtown district. Constructed in the late 1910s, this 10-floor tower was one of the tallest buildings in the city at the time. Today, the property's original Art Deco facade and interior are preserved according to its original design. MOCA invested more than 25 million Canadian dollars for a comprehensive renovation of this iconic industrial fixture. Original columns, vaults and ceilings have been smoothly integrated into the contemporary galleries of the museum.
Features and FacilitiesThe museum occupies more than 55,000 sq feet of space inside the Tower Automotive Building. Galleries and exhibit rooms are located on the first five floors of the historic property. Cafe by Forno Cultura serves light fare in a chic setting that's in harmony with the on-site art galleries. Shop by Art Metropole has a large selection of souvenirs, including books, household decor and personal accessories. Located on the fourth floor, the Akin Studio is open to talented artists who'd like to break through in Canada. The studio is heavily used for residency programs that nurture and promote painters and sculptors. Some of the largest rooms have up to 250 sq feet of working space. Community members are also invited to workshops and seminars at the Akin Studio.
ArtworkThe Museum of Contemporary Art doesn't have direct ownership of any artwork. Instead, the organization works closely with Toronto's municipal agencies to manage and promote art by Canadian artists. Throughout the years, MOCA has worked with more than 100 national artists who specialize in modern genres. Upon its grand opening in the Tower Automotive Building in 2017, the museum set up several rotating exhibits. Among the works of 20 or more local and international artists that are featured annually include DEMOS – A Reconstruction Invitation Project by Andreas Angelidakis, and BELIEVE which has elements of industrial and Oriental cultures and was compiled by more than 10 artists. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Visiting Museum of Contemporary ArtMOCA is located between Bloor Street and Dundas Street in the West End district of Toronto. Marked by multiple rail tracks, the Lower Junction Triangle encompasses this attraction and other cultural hubs. TTC streetcars that stop within walking distance of the museum include the 306, 505 and 506 lines. Served by Line 2 subway, the Lansdowne Station is also located just a few blocks away from the attraction. Additionally, GO Transit commuter trains stop at the Bloor GO Station that stands several blocks north of the museum. Off-site parking is available at various lots and metered spaces that have the Green P designation.
Location: 158 Sterling Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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