The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland’s benefactors and founding families’ members gathered recently to celebrate its 50th anniversary in high style. Its 7-year-old home shone like a crown jewel in University Circle as an adjacent tent was transformed to a 1960s whimsical wonderland of color, thanks to the creative tablescapes by Bloom’s Arne Klein. 

Honorary co-chairs Agnes Gund and Catherine Opie, along with gala co-chairs Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, welcomed 400 fellow art enthusiasts. Wheeler, with feet attired in custom-painted sneakers inspired by the Japan subway system said, “MoCa has been one of the best forces for innovative influences on Cleveland and now it’s free and inclusive for everyone.” 

A Sotheby’s live auction featured artists such as Cindy Sherman, Christo and Roy Lichetenstein, along with a lively raising of paddles that surpassed the goal and generated $590,000.

moCa board member Lauren Rich Fine joked, “Contemporary art is my only vice.” 

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