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Southern Routes

May 12 - August 13, 2017
This year as the summer travel season takes hold, Virginia MOCA  explores its own region of the United States: The American south. The south stands as an abundant source of myth and stereotypes. But, its rich and varied history, traditions and cultural output paint a much more complex picture. The south’s fascinating stories are waiting to be shared.  In this exhibition, contemporary photographers offer a peek of what is waiting when you travel down its roads.  The photographers featured present their own take on the people, history, land and culture that have in many ways shaped the story of our nation.  Every artist and every viewpoint tells a completely new story. We hope that South…

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Southern Routes
Kate Medley. Fratesi’s Service Station, 2015. Archival pigment print. 20 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the Artist

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

May 12 - August 13, 2017
In this exhibition, renowned artist Mickalene Thomas explores the photographic image as a touchstone for her practice. Her famous paintings of domestic interiors and portraits are large-scale, multi-textured and rhinestone-encrusted.  With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration. This collection of photographic portraits and staged scenes reflect a  personal community of inspiration. Her collection of muses includes herself, her mother, her friends and lovers. They emphasize the communal and social aspects of art-making and creativity that pervade her work. The exhibition will include elements from each area of Thomas’s photographic practice. …

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Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête
Mickalene Thomas, Racquel Leaned Back, 2013. © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Satellite Gallery: blade wynne

Feb 9 - May 27, 2017
Blade Wynne: Yard Work Blade Wynne’s paintings walk a delicate balance between abstraction and realism. What may at first appear to be a barrage of color and form coalesce to become a whole. A pile of leaves or the edge of a house take shape in our line of vision. When Wynne paints, it is like a dance. He moves between color and form, back and forth, working to discover a visual solution to the different pictorial relationships.  Details push forward and then recede in their competition. Unimportant elements fall away and the essentials remain.  The paintings stand as a colorful relic of the act of creation. Wynne’s palette plays it cool with undertones of pale blues and greens, punct…

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Satellite Gallery: blade wynne
Compost, 2015, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the Artist

Open (C)all 2017 Exhibition

May 12 - August 13, 2017
This summer, MOCA presents a series of photography exhibitions: Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête à tête, and Southern Routes. These exhibitions take different approaches to photography as a means for expression and exploration. Ideas surrounding beauty, identity and place in the context of culture are taken apart, examined and reassembled. For this Open (C)all 2017 exhibition, MOCA invited Hampton Roads artists to respond to our summer exhibitions through the medium of photography. The result is an astonishing variety of works by 78 artists of all ages. MOCA would like to thank all of the artists for participating. An opening reception will take place on May 11, 2017 at 6:30pm…

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Open (C)all 2017 Exhibition
Raven Hudson. My Nest, 2017. Photography. Courtesy of the artist.

A Spoken Dish

may 12 - august 13, 2017
A Spoken Dish is a storytelling project dedicated to celebrating and documenting food, memories, and rituals from people across the South. Storytellers include professional chefs, farmers, artists, and children. Produced by Southern Routes artist Kate Medley, the films reveal heartfelt stories about the Civil Rights Movement, Hurricane Katrina, the Great Migration, paw paws, gumbo, and more. A Spoken Dish is a joint endeavor from Georgia Organics, Southern Foodways Alliance, and Whole Foods Market. The film presentation will be screened on an ongoing basis in MOCA’s Price Auditorium and is included with Museum admission.    Inspired Programming A Taste of the South with Southern Routes …

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A Spoken Dish