In 2016, the Museum adopted a new thematic collecting strategy that celebrates and guides the direction of the Permanent Collection. As it supports a wide array of art-making practices, the six themes explore “Art as Social Commentary,” “The Evolution of Mark-making,” “Material as Meaning,” “New Media,” “Process and Object Relationship,” and “(Re)presentation.” The exhibition Call & Response unveils these collecting areas to the community for the very first time. To illustrate their ongoing relevance in contemporary dialogues, MOCA Jacksonville invited a handful of artists to engage with the collection and participate by either the creation a new work of art or presenting an existing piece for inclusion in the exhibition. By doing so, the Permanent Collection acts as a springboard for artists to respond in a variety of ways and media-from sharing new work inspired by the Permanent Collection's themes and then placing them in conversation with one another.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website