MOCA Jacksonville

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard how climate change affects storms like Hurricane Irma with Jacksonville University climatologist Jeff Martin (01:13). Ahead of the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” we spoke with female veterans Rene Johnson and Margaret Yarborough (27:09). Our monthly First Coast Connect Book Club with Stacey Goldring featured the classic novel “Catch 22” (38:48) and University of North Florida Gallery of Art Coordinator Jim Draper talked about the gallery’s latest exhibit (45:09). 

Michel Curi

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Arts a $30,000 grant.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect, we spoke with the new director of Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Caitlin Doherty. We heard about an upcoming seminar regarding cochlear implants from Dr. Elizabeth Selle of The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute. New York artist Michael Alan told us about his upcoming his live show Friday at Space 42 and Tree Hill Nature Center executive director Mark Mummaw told us about Saturday’s Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival. 


WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride; Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth of Folio Weekly; and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski joined Melissa Ross on our Friday Media Roundtable to discuss the news of the week. Museum of Contemporary Art spokesperson Denise Reagan discussed its latest art exhibit “Retro-spective.” We heard from Olympic skating legend Michelle Kwan regarding her work for the Hillary Clinton campaign and Palestinian musicians the Dal’Ouna Ensemble joined the show ahead of its performance Friday evening at the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville.     


The Death of St. Augustine Priest Rene Robert

A Georgia prosecutor is seeking the death penalty in the murder of 71-year-old Father Rene Robert of St. Augustine, who was killed last April Burke County Georgia.

A deeply troubled young man, 28-year-old Steven Murray, has already confessed to the crime.

Tobert was a priest firmly opposed to the death penalty, so much so that he signed a document called a “Declaration of Life,” declaring that if he should ever himself be murdered, he did not want to see his killer be put to death.

Florida Times-Union investigative reporter Eileen Kelley examined this and other aspects of the case, including Murray's history of being sexually assaulted, in a recent article. She joins us to discuss it


John Burr

Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art is losing its director to a job in Milwaukee. As she prepares for her exit, Marcelle Polednik spoke with WJCT business analyst John Burr.

He tells News Director Jessica Palombo what he learned about the business of running a museum in this week’s “Business Brief.”


  Media Roundtable Week in Review

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the results of Tuesday's presidential primaries, where Northeast Florida counties rank in a study of the healthiest counties in America, and more.

Artist Shinique Smith

Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville

A photograph that bred controversy in Jacksonville is returning to the museum at the center of last year’s First Amendment battle.

Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art has acquired the image of a nude pregnant woman for its permanent collection. 


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Good art can challenge our perceptions about the world.

A new exhibit at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art does that in very unsubtle ways—for one, it appears a wall of the museum has been knocked out and replaced with a railway tunnel.

MOCA’s new show it titled “Smoke and Mirrors.”

  We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the Florida Supreme Court ordering the state legislature to redraw several congressional district maps -- including the one represented by Northeast Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown -- the Andrew Jackson statue in downtown being vandalized twice in the past week, and more.


Stefan Stears / Instagram

Igersjax, the self-proclaimed official Instagram profile for Jacksonville, brings together amateur and professional photographers online.

Jacksonville residents use #igersjax on Instagram to post or look through photos taken around the city.

Opposition is growing around the state after the Jacksonville City Council last week passed a moratorium designed to block any operation connected to the low potency strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web. Florida families who have children with cancer and epilepsy are advocating the legalization of low-THC marijuana to treat their kids. The Florida Department of Health began accepting applications for low-THC cultivation businesses last week. There will be only five licenses approved, one for each of five different geographic locations in the state.

Peter Haden / WJCT News

A new photography exhibit at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on the American South. Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape features the work of seven renowned photographers.

The project looks at the stories the land can tell.

MOCA Jacksonville Assistant Curator Jaime DeSimone says she knew the new show would be about the South.

“It took us awhile to understand and refine what that meant. Eventually we decided to focus only on the land,” DeSimone said. “Most of the photographs that you’re seeing don’t include people.”

Note: This episode was recorded in from of a live audience at MOCA Jacksonville the night of April 9, 2015.

On our final broadcast from the One Spark 2015 crowdfunding festival, we look at what goes into choosing the winning projects for several special awards with jurors Lukas Costas, Grace Belangia, Jay Harris and Jane Evans.

Jason Pratt, co-owner of the outdoor design company and successful One Spark 2014 creator Pratt Guys, and One Spark volunteer Kristyn Galane join us to discuss what goes into making the festival happen.

Shannon LeDuke / WJCT

 Note: This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at MOCA Jacksonville the night of April 8, 2015.

  As crowds descend on downtown for the first official day of voting for One Spark 2015, the crowdfunding festival's founders Elton Rivas, Dennis Eusebio and Varick Rosete join us to discuss how it started and what is new this year.

We also learn about some of the film projects currently being screened at the MOCA Jacksonville theater from filmmakers Michael Glinski, Derek Boyd Hankerson, Keagan Anfuso, Drew Brown, and Kim Murray.

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