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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose

May 22, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will feature some of the foremost contemporary artists through a ten year retrospective of the art magazine, Hi-Fructose. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring a broad spectrum of artwork by over 50 artists from the pages of magazines and computer screens to the walls of a contemporary art museum dedicated to educating on the significant art of today. Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose is a collaborative initiative by two like-minded organizations – MOCA in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine in San Francisco, California. Both are committed to creating an awareness of contempora…

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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
Martin Wittfooth. Incantation. Oil on canvas, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Matt Lively Mural in the NEON District

October 2015 - TBD
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 the NEON District
Matt Lively, 27 Beecycles. NEON District Mural. Commissioned by Virginia MOCA. Photograph by Glen McClure. October 2015

Matt Lively: Habitat

April 1-July 23,2016
Opening Reception Friday, April 1st at 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.    In this exhibition, artist Matt Lively turns his full attention to one familiar icon, houses. Lively’s houses seem like the sophisticated version of a child’s idea of home. In many ways, they are the same; each has Cape Cod architecture, clapboard siding, a pitched roof and two gabled windows. The paintings, cheerful and sweet at first glance, eventually lead one to a sense of unease. They have a personality which gives them life. These are not mere houses, but metaphors for perhaps our own minds, our…

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Matt Lively: Habitat
Matt Lively Orbit, 2015 Oil on Canvas on Wood. Courtesy of the Artist and Glave Kocen Gallery.

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.

VIBE Creative District Mural Panels

Year-Round
MOCA is proud to partner with local artists and creative businesses on the NEW VIBE Creative District. A short drive from MOCA, the VIBE Creative District is a unique and interesting local community in Virginia Beach that shares the talents of local artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs. For the outdoor mural project, Richmond artist Ed Trask and Virginia Beach artist Igor Acord organized volunteers to paint and create murals to be installed on 18th Street, between Mediterranean and Cypress Streets. This area has been identified as the common area for future First Friday collaborations and fundraising events for the VIBE Creative District.  Vision of ViBe Creative District A group of a…

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VIBE Creative District Mural Panels
7th Grader Rocky Majetich's Mural.