Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Architecte
Toshiko Mori Architect
Lieu
21 Winter Street, Rockland, ME, USA | View Map
Année du projet
2016
Catégorie
Musées

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Toshiko Mori Architect en tant que Architectes.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is engaged in the expansion of its mission in advancing contemporary art in Maine.  The new museum will be a mixed-use complex of galleries, public space, and educational spaces, reflecting CMCA’s goals to provide a platform for larger contemporary art dialog.  CMCA’s new home will be in the City of Rockland, thereby completing a cultural triangle that consists of the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theater, thus anchoring Rockland as a major cultural arts destination along the Maine seacoast.

photo_credit Iwan Baan
Iwan Baan

The overall form and materials of the building hearken back to Rockland’s industrial seacoast past, interweaved with refined detailing and precise control of proportions to elevate the project to CMCA’s lofty ambitions.

photo_credit Iwan Baan
Iwan Baan

The entry to the building is an exterior courtyard, the proportions of which echo the large interior two-story gallery space, naturally day lit through the use of saw tooth skylights.  The connection of the two large spaces - one exterior, the other interior - blends the concept of art viewing with that of the public sphere.  The interweaving of exterior spaces and interior spaces creates a new relationship between the city and the gallery.

photo_credit Iwan Baan
Iwan Baan

The educational component of CMCA’s program furthers the symbiotic relationship between the gallery and the public sphere.  Within the complex is a sixty person lecture hall that will engage the community in arts education through a series of lectures, gallery talks, video screenings, and workshops.  In addition, a classroom specifically dedicated to CMCA’s younger patronage will provide the tools needed for hands-on arts education.  These programs further CMCA’s goals to engage the gallery to its community and to the larger discourse beyond.

photo_credit Iwan Baan
Iwan Baan
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