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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Artist Toobz Muir is known best for his murals, surreal paintings and detailed graphite drawings. His colorful work references his early fascination with graffiti and street art as well as his challenges from being color blind.  Primarily using spray paint, Muir freehand renders his work directly onto surfaces creating fantastical imagery that in his words is “both edgy and playful while also emerging from a personal place.” His subject matter ranges from allegorical to darkly satirical themes while distorting his figures’ features to evoke extreme emotional states. Muir is currently located in Roanoke, Virginia. His work has been in several exhibitions including at Fleda A. Ring Artw…

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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise
Toobz Muir at Virginia MOCA. Photo by Fresh Look Photography

Small Works, Tall Tales

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
This fall, Virginia MOCA celebrates regional artists with Small Works, Tall Tales an exhibition of narrative sculpture presented on an intimate scale.  Each featured artist is an able storyteller. They infuse their work with sharp wit and a complex interpretation of our world. Different materials and approaches resulting in distinct styles. Yet, all share a penchant for creating engaging work of a personal, approachable size. As a sculpture projects into concrete space, it draws the viewer down into a fantastic, diminutive world. The artists included are Aggie Zed, John Tobin, Wade Mickley, Deborah G. Rogers, Tracey St. Peter, and artist teams Kranitzky and Overstreet and Robin and Julia Ro…

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Small Works, Tall Tales
Kranitzky & Overstreet. Blind, 2015. 5.5"x 2.75"x.625". Mixed media. Courtesy of the Artists

Satellite Gallery: Ashley Sauder Miller: There’s Always a Lull

June 15 – October 7, 2017
Artist Ashley Sauder Miller focuses her attention on a familiar object – the chair. An heirloom rocking chair in need of restoration inspired Miller to teach herself to cane, which evolved into an ongoing series of paintings and mixed media works investigating the forms and textures of chairs.  These are not simply chairs, but symbols of a complex and ongoing narrative for the artist to explore. Chairs have immediate and personal connections to our everyday lives. They can be functional and efficient, a place to rest, a place for conversation, a place to eat, or a treasured heirloom that evokes and preserve memories. Miller’s work personifies these chairs, each with its own feeling or p…

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Satellite Gallery: Ashley Sauder Miller: There’s Always a Lull
Ashley Sauder Miller. Fixer Chair, 2014. Acrylic, oil, oil pastel, woven paper and plastic on canvas. 36" x 36". 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 art…

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A Spoken Dish

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.