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Prisms 2016

September 10 - October 2, 2016
Celebrate the artistic achievements of MOCA’s art campers at the Prisms 2016 art exhibition on view in the Fleming Gallery. Art Campers, their families, friends, and teachers are invited to share in the excitement at the closing reception, Sunday October 2 from 2-4pm.  Artwork can be taken home at the close of the reception. This reception will coincide with a Free Family Fest and will feature children’s art activities, scavenger hunts, and refreshments.   …

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Prisms 2016
Prisms 2016

Jamie Betts: Left Behind

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Jamie Betts is a Fine Art, Commercial and Editorial photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. For the past ten years, Betts has documented abandoned places found across Virginia and beyond.  Like stepping into a time capsule, these photographs tell the stories of their past inhabitants.  Peeling wallpaper, crumbling brickwork and personal artifacts reveal traces of human presence and the inevitable effect of time. Derelict hospitals, farmhouses, barns, churches and other forgotten places appear to decay and crack before our eyes. Nature slowly begins to invade them as moss, stalactites and vegetation take hold. ARTIST TALK with Jamie Betts on Thu, Mar 16 These exhibitions are supported in…

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Jamie Betts: Left Behind
Jamie Betts. Reclamation. Abandoned Home Rural VA, 2015. Giclee watercolor print on gatorfoam. Courtesy of the Artist

The Artists Gallery: Call and Response

August 5, 2016 - January 10, 2017
In this exhibition, MOCA invited artists from the cooperative, The Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, to respond to MOCA’s ground-breaking exhibition, Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. The artists who responded spent some exclusive time with the exhibition and talked with the curators who organized it. From there, they created an original artwork as a response to the exhibition. This artist may have cited influence from a specific work or many pieces from the exhibition. Celebrate the results created by local artists through an exhibition hung in MOCA’s Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II. This exhibition is organized by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary …

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The Artists Gallery: Call and Response
Constance Fahey. No Surfing Today, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media

ARTlab Summer/Fall 2016

May 22 - December 31, 2016
Explore the new exhibitions hands-on in ARTlab! The Butler Gallery (ARTlab) is a space for all ages to discover current exhibiting artists and their processes through interactive activities, fun facts, art making stations and reading materials provided by the Virginia Beach Public Library.   …

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ARTlab Summer/Fall 2016
ARTlab Summer/Fall 2016

Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Nevet Yitzhak is a video and installation artist as well as a composer.  In WarCraft, she creates a large-scale video installation using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs. The rugs were first created by rural Afghan women as a reaction to the 1979 Soviet invasion. They abandoned traditional patterns and introduced symbols of war: guns, tanks, airplanes, etc. Yitzhak creates her own war rugs from scratch and brings them to life in the form of 3D animations engaged in active battles. WarCraft resembles a video game: planes fly from one rug to the next, dropping bombs that burn holes in the fabric, while tanks fire across screens, creating bullet holes. The battle rages on in endless loops…

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Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
Nevet Yitzhak. Installation view at the Yossi Milo Gallery, New York