Three Way

A tiro of new exhibits focuses on a burgeoning art ward.

University Circle’s expanding art district can’t be sufficiently documented in just one exhibit. So the Museum of Contemporary Art unveils three new shows today which spotlight the region: OPEN: New Designs for Public Spaces, Expanding the Circle: MOCA and the New Uptown District, and The Uptown Launch Pad. “They really work as an ensemble, complementing each other,” says co-curator Bill Mason. OPEN redefines the concept of community area via images, animations, and models -- many of them stemming from various cities’ architectural and planning projects. Expanding the Circle gives viewers a linear history of MOCA -- from its 1968 start-up to recent construction. And the interactive Uptown Launch Pad allows visitors to survey up-to-date information about the district’s renovation. They can also contribute feedback by writing on the walls. “It’s a very different experience,” says Mason. “It is intended explicitly to be open and a little messy.”
Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: June 1. Continues through Aug. 19