The Museum of Contemporary Art announced the creation of an Environmental Council, the first for a major art museum in the United States. The council is focused on climate, conservation and environmental justice in furtherance of the museum’s mission.
“I am grateful and excited MOCA will be the first U.S. museum to have an environmental council supporting the museum’s meaningful understanding and engagement on environmental issues that have been a priority of mine since I joined the museum,” MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach said.
In development since Biesenbach became the director of MOCA in 2018, the museum will unfold important initiatives made possible by the council within the first year, including financial commitments and expertise to work toward institution-wide carbon negativity, carbon-free energy, environmentally-focused museum quality exhibitions, educational programming, related artist support and reductions in emissions and consumption.
MOCA plans to publicly share the council’s efforts and progress as a platform for public dialogue and engagement on this urgent topic.
MOCA Environmental Council founders and co-chairs are David Johnson and Haley Mellin.
The council will support artists working on critical environmental issues by financially supporting meaningful exhibition and educational programming. An upcoming exhibition with the artist Olafur Eliasson in 2024 will be supported by the council.
For information, visit moca.org.
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