Free first Saturdays at MOCA

Have you been to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland?

I had been meaning to visit for a while, but I wasn’t sure if I would like contemporary art, and I knew the space was somewhat small, and admission is $9.50. All of those facts can lead to hesitation when deciding where to get your cultural fix — especially given that nearby is a giant, free art museum with an incredible variety of works on display.

I ended up paying a visit to MOCA last summer when my boyfriend happened upon a pair of passes, and I am so glad we went.

MOCA’s space is small, but it is well used. You’ll spend just the amount of time you want to spend in a museum, without getting bored or feeling like you’re missing out.

There are no permanent exhibits at MOCA, so you’ll see new and different artwork three times a year. We went when Keith Mayerson: My American Dream and Constant as The Sun were on display. It’s been several months, and I still think about some of the art I saw that afternoon. Currently on display:

If you’ve been thinking about visiting MOCA, this weekend is actually the perfect opportunity. It’s a Free First Saturday, sponsored by PNC:

On the first Saturday of every month, join other cultural adventurers like you at MOCA to experience the exhibitions and take part in family-friendly workshops and activities. Drop-in adult tours introduce the art and MOCA’s unique architecture. The Open Art Studio (12-3pm) provides guided hands-on making and experimenting for artists of all ages. Come discover!

PLUS, it’s in Uptown Cleveland, which has a lot of food and fun to check out. Make a whole afternoon of it.

MOCA also offers $5 admission after 5 p.m. on Fridays, sponsored by University Hospitals.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. MOCA is at 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. (You can’t miss the building — it’s very shiny.)

Other upcoming MOCA events:

Follow Cheryl Sadler on Twitter @sadlercheryl. Image credit: News-Herald file

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