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Satellite Gallery: Modern Makers

February 15 - June 8, 2019
Opening Celebration, Friday, February 15 5-7pm. 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II. Modern Makers celebrates Maria Galuszka, Mary Menzer and Spencer Tinkham, each makes traditional objects with a contemporary eye. Maria Galuszka creates ceramics, Mary Menzer sews quilts, and Spencer Tinkham carves in wood. For all three, the formal qualities of their work outpace the traditional functionality. Each artist recalls masters of the modernist art movement: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rousseau, Anni Albers, Constantin Brâncuși, Jean Arp and Frank LLoyd Wright, while moving beyond the intellectual inquiry of that modern movement. They embrace materials that are tactile, alluring and part of our e…

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Satellite Gallery: Modern Makers
Mary Menzer, Quilt It Wright, 2015, Textile. Courtesy of the artist

dale chihuly

on display year-round
Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003 Often called "the world's greatest living artist," Dale Chihuly has single-handedly changed the glass world with his elaborate and extraordinary works. His retrieval of ancient glass-blowing techniques and his founding of the Pilchuck Glass School, the most prominent glass-working school in the world, are both groundbreaking moments in contemporary glass art. In his Seattle "hot shop," he and his team of glassblowers push the limits of molten glass, darting across the room like dancers, their movements choreographed by the master. In 1996, Chihuly created 15 enormous chandeliers, placing them under bridges and across the Venetian canals as a tribute to the bi…

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dale chihuly
MOCA's Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003.

Maser: Artist Residency

Ongoing
maser artist residency  MOCA and the ViBe Creative District in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs welcomed internationally renowned artist, Maser, for an artist residency in July 2017. Maser created a large mural, titled People and Plants on the back of MOCA’s building (that faces I-264 heading west), a sculptural installation across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center (forthcoming), and a Perfomring Arts stage in ViBe Park on Cypress Avenue between the Virginia Beach Library and Wareings Gym plaza. Originally from Ireland, the artist began using the moniker ‘Maser’ in 1995 painting graffiti on the streets of Dublin. Maser’s ba…

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Maser: Artist Residency
Maser. People and Plants, 2017. Enamel Paint. Photo by Fresh Look Photography

Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)

on display YEAR-ROUND
MOCA recently partnered with Richmond-based artist Matt Lively to create  "27 Beecycles" on the back of the Stark and Legum Menswear shop in Norfolk's NEON District. According to the artist, "The 27 Beecycles capture the single-mindedness of bees, flying in one direction, as one unit, and with one purpose.  The evolution of an attached bicycle wheel stems from my interest in man using science to change nature.  The “27” is for each year that the MOCA has been operating in it’s current form - plus one year.”  Matt Lively will have a solo exhibition at MOCA's Satellite Gallery in the VIBE Creative District at Towne Pavilion II opening in April 2016.   ABOUT THE ARTIST (in his …

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Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)
Matt Lively, 27 Beecycles. NEON District Mural. Commissioned by Virginia MOCA. Photograph by Glen McClure. October 2015

Outdoor Sculptures

on display year-round
After you've visited MOCA's exhibitions, be sure to take a walking tour of our outdoor sculptures. Download the Outdoor Sculptures map. #1 Steven LesserOlympia, 2001 Plate steel 2001.46.LTLLES #2 Michael ManjarrisPoetic Object Series: Knowledge, 2001 Negro Monterrey Marble 2001.46.LTLMAN #3 Lila KatzenCurled Up C, 1979 Stainless steel and cor-ten 1979.24.LTLKAT #4 Steven LesserMano Hermano, 1999 Plate steel 1999.44.LTLLES #5 MASAYUKI ODAVoyage, 1987 Mixed media 1987.32.03 HELP US PROTECT THE ART: PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON SCULTPURES.  See more Public Art in Virginia Beach: Download the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Guide.  …

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Outdoor Sculptures
Steven Lesser, Olympia, 2001.