Current Exhibitions

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MOCA Faculty Exhibition

June 19 - August 28, 2015
This exhibition celebrates the accomplishments of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s talented Studio School faculty. Works on view include painting, drawing, pastel, ceramics, photography and mixed media. For more information about Studio School courses for adults, teens, and children please visit the museum website VirginiaMOCA.org or visit the Welcome Desk.   …

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MOCA Faculty Exhibition

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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Sam Hughes: Happenstance

August 7 - November 21, 2015
Opening Reception, Friday, August 7th 5-7pm at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II in conjunction with First Friday ViBe in the new Virginia Beach Creative Arts District.   Sam Hughes has had a love affair with photography for about thirty years. This relationship continues to grow as Hughes trawls through Coastal Virginia, finding joy in the arcane, quirky, and abstract.  Using a 1969 Polaroid Land Camera and a self-invented process, he has included a new element of chance in his latest body of work.  Hughes’ careful eye and inexact process meet to reveal the imperfect and the beautiful. Sam Hughes: Happenstance will be on view at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion I…

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Sam Hughes: Happenstance

Exploring Iconography

March-August 2015
CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY IN THE VIBE CREATIVE DISTRICT AT THE OCEANFRONT LIBRARY A collaborative exhibition by students and teachers from Tallwood High School, Green Run Collegiate and Bayside High School inspired by MOCA’s exhibition, Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit. Art students from the three Virginia Beach high schools came together to collaborate on a community project based on the concept of Iconography. Students visited MOCA in February to explore the work of renowned artist Ryan McGinness, a Virginia Beach native. Using McGinness's ideology and processes as an inspiration, students created collaborative and personal artworks expressing their ideas about the concept of community and identi…

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Exploring Iconography

Outdoor Sculptures

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After you've visited MOCA's main exhibitions in our galleries, be sure to take a walking tour of our outdoor sculptures. Download the Outdoor Sculptures map. #1Steven LesserOlympia, 2001Plate steel2001.46.LTLLES #2Michael ManjarrisPoetic Object Series: Knowledge, 2001Negro Monterrey Marble2001.46.LTLMAN #3Lila KatzenCurled Up C, 1979Stainless steel and cor-ten1979.24.LTLKAT #4Steven LesserMano Hermano, 1999Plate steel1999.44.LTLLES #5MASAYUKI ODAVoyage, 1987Mixed media1987.32.03 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