- Posted by Johanna on October 7, 2012 at 11:39 am
- Category: Comic News
Yeah, yeah, you heard about this two months ago, when it was announced, but I lost most of August and September to the move, and I wanted to capture the news and point out something important to readers.
After abruptly closing in early July, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) sent out a statement August 2 that read as follows:
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) and the Society of Illustrators have announced plans for MoCCA to transfer its assets to the Society, creating a single cultural institution supporting and celebrating illustration, comics, and animation. This will give MoCCA a long-desired street-level location, in the Society’s building at 128 E. 63rd Street. …
Commenting on the transfer of MoCCA’s assets, including its permanent art collection and the MoCCA Fest name, Society Executive Director Anelle Miller observed, “The Society of Illustrators has a long, proud history of promoting the art and appreciation of all genres of illustration. We are honored to be able to spearhead the expansion and growth of the incredible foundation that MoCCA has created over the past ten years.” …
The Society will continue and expand MoCCA’s mission in a number of ways: staging MoCCA Fest in its current location, dedicating a gallery in the Society building to MoCCA’s Permanent Collection, continuing MoCCA programming, and curating a special exhibition of works from MoCCA’s Permanent Collection in their Hall of Fame Gallery (on display March 5-May 4), which will run in conjunction with a major exhibit, “The Comic Art of Harvey Kurtzman,” curated by graphic designer and comics-anthology editor Monte Beauchamp. There will be extensive arts programming around both of these exhibits, including lectures, workshops, film and music series. Current MoCCA memberships will be honored at the Society of Illustrators.
Various comic news sites considered this a merger, with Robot 6, for example, running a headline about how MoCCA was to “join forces” with the SoI and Comics Beat billing it as a “hybrid”. I, being more cynical, look at this as more of a giving up, although I’m very glad a long-running NYC institution was willing to rescue what remained of MoCCA, especially after its recent struggles. Heck, according to TCJ.com, the acquisition was announced before it was even legally final, to avoid the story leaking.
Perhaps that’s why the MoCCA website, including the subsite dedicated to MocCA Fest, doesn’t have as much updated information as the Society of Illustrators site does, including new dates for the event in 2013: April 6-7. I had a great time when I went to the MoCCA Festival in 2012, and it’s going to be more difficult for me to go this time, so I wanted to keep up to date, and I’m glad to have a weekend to plan around. Note that the new organizers are now accepting requests for tables.