Reported by Josephus E. Tinnertink McDuffle
Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) isn’t so contemporary anymore.
Surrounded by 20-story Falafel monoliths and underground Case Western dormitory tunnels, the block of shiny black glass seems in the way and out of place. Most neighbors of the building are disgruntled. “It’s 2112,” said an anonymous passerby. “Seriously, why isn’t it covered in chrome?”
However, a new series of exhibitions celebrating the building’s 100th birthday may help save the museum’s reputation. MOCA director Bob Thime claims the exhibits exemplify the leaps and bounds artists made since the opening of the museum.
The art show, titled “It’s Art…Maybe,” stretches the limits of what is considered a masterpiece. “We had open admissions and a lot of space to fill,” said Thime. “We received true innovations.”
He invited The Athenian for an exclusive tour through the three main exhibits.
“My house and my family and my dog”
by Billy Wenderson
Originally created as a project for Billy’s kindergarten art class, the artist submitted his esteemed finger paintings to MOCA to be considered for the upcoming show.
Upon receiving them, Thime knew they had to be included. “His masterful use of colors to represent both innocence and control are evident. A pulse of passion lurks behind each delicate creation—Wenderson may be only 6 years old, but his artistic spark will lead to a lifetime of success.”
When asked what his greatest success was, Wenderson replied, “What’s success?… is that a word? Mom?”
“Phallus in Blue”
by Rick Homer
“My inspiration for ‘Phallus in Blue’ did not come from an obsession,” says Rick, “it erupted from a message. People are dicks. People are everywhere. So you see the connection: Dicks, dicks everywhere.” He proudly gazed at his creation.
“Phallus in Blue” is expressed by a room filled with blue penis-shaped objects—materials ranging from found objects to bananas—to represent Rick’s dissatisfaction with modern society and consumerism. To view the multifaceted variety of phalluses, viewers must step over sculptures on the floor and avoid hanging mobile phalluses as well.
The bright blue color choice seemed a bit curious. Homer himself didn’t fully verbalize his artistic decision.
“I dunno man, it’s just… Dicks, dicks everywhere,” Homer said, giggling.
by Bob Thime
Director Thime himself contributed to the upcoming exhibition, claiming his idea fit with the other exhibits chosen. His exhibit displays an empty room with plain white walls.
The “Empty Room” exhibit takes up the majority of MOCA; a daring choice for a building so large.
“It represents the emptiness of American consumerism,” he said, scratching his head. “It’s highly artistic. No doubt about it. That’s coming from an expert.”