MOCAD gets $5M matching gift, plans innovative, eco-aware makeover

Since opening its doors in 2006, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has made a name for itself in the international art world.

Now it’s poised to achieve the one thing that’s missing: a physical renovation of its building and outdoor site that matches its world-class reputation.

At Friday’s 13th annual gala and benefit art auction, MOCAD will officially launch its Future Fund campaign to raise $15 million for capital improvements for a museum that shows the best and latest in the visual arts, but also serves as a hub for music, literary events, community gatherings and more.

Already, a major commitment is fueling that goal. The Taubman Foundation and Reyes Family Foundation are providing a $5 million Future Fund match, a commitment that is crucial to reaching the final figure needed for the project. The match means the foundations will contribute up to $5 million to match $5 million raised from other sources.

The contribution honors Julie Reyes Taubman, the photographer, author and MOCAD co-founder who died at 50 in 2018 after battling cancer. The proposed new facade of the museum will bear her name in the title: “MOCAD at the Julie Reyes Taubman Building.”

MOCAD’s executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder calls the renovation plans “a top-to-bottom transformation” to convey just how big and ambitious its scope is — not just for the museum, but for its role as a hub for Midtown Detroit.

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