In Project Atrium: Amanda Coogan The Ladder Is Always There, internationally renowned Irish performance artist Amanda Coogan, draws inspiration from a variety of sources including art historical references, a poem by Adrienne Rich, and works from MOCA Jacksonville's permanent collection. The curvilinear lines painted onto the atrium walls suggest a seascape or landscape and recall the gestural marks from a ballet costume painted by early Modernist artist Marc Chagall. By carefully referencing elements from the dress, weaving rope and fabric into the piece, and incorporating vintage Joseph La Rose shoes (with their Jacksonville heritage), Coogan pairs more traditional markers of theater and costume with her physical performance. During the final week of November 2018, Coogan collaborated with local participating performers from Phase Eight Theater Company, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, La Villa School of the Arts, and the University of North Florida, to create her site specific, community engaged performance — the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville's first piece of durational Performance art.This exhibition was made possible in part by the support of The Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Fund, Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow, PLLC, Culture Ireland and Carey and Jackie Henson Cornelius. Fim by Joe Karably.