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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

Wayne White Solo Exhibition

September 15 - December 31, 2017
Wayne White is multi-faceted phenomenon in the art world. He is an artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and more. Born and raised in Chattanooga, White's career has had a meandering path. Starting in the 1980's, he worked for the East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine, and the Village Voice. White designed sets and characters for the hit television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders in the Sky, and Bill & Willis. As a fine artist, White's most successful works have been the word paintings. They feature oversized, three-dimensional text painted on top of vintage landscape reproductions. The paintings are thought-provoking and witty…

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Wayne White Solo Exhibition
Wayne White. Courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery

Open (C)all 2017 Exhibition

May 12 - August 13, 2017
Call for Exhibition Submissions The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) invites Hampton Roads artists of all ages to participate in our upcoming Open (C)all 2017 exhibition. 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 invites Hampton Roads artists to respond to our summer exhibitions through the medium of photography. Who are you? How i…

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Open (C)all 2017 Exhibition
Installation view from Open (C)all 2015. Photo by Glen McClure