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MOCA at THE MAIN: Mar 24-26 | Norfolk

MOCA presents the Virginia premiere of Stacey Steers' latest film Edge of Alchemy and Ying-Fang Shen's animated The Tale of the Day as part of the grand opening weekend of the new Hilton Norfolk "THE MAIN."

Celebrate the arts at the opening of the new Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN with a weekend of performing and visual arts from institutions and organizations in the Hampton Roads region. This private event, presented by TowneBank, is hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady, Dorothy McAuliffe and serves as a fundraiser for the arts.

The provided rooms at THE MAIN will transform into fully-curated MOCA lounges and art spaces, featuring two exhibitions. Renowned video artist, Stacey Steers: Edge of Alchemy. The film stars’ actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor. Artist Stacey Steers captured them from their early silent films. In this new handmade film, she recasts them into a surreal epic that upends the story of Frankenstein. Edge of Alchemy examines women’s inner worlds and bridges the uncanny with startling presence and emotional resonance.

Steers constructed from the film from over 6,000 handmade collages, each photographed with 35mm film stock, with music by the Polish composer Lech Jankowski of Brothers Quay renown.

MOCA featured a solo exhibition by Steers, Night Hunter, in the summer of 2013 that showcased a collection of animated films, stills, and an installation modeled on a Victorian doll house.

The second exhibition features a 14-minute animated adaptation of an ancient Chinese demonic story by artist Ying-Fang ShenThe Tale of The Day tells of a tragic romance between a human male and female snakes. A young man encounters two snake demons disguised as a beautiful lady in white and her maidservant in green. Falling for the young man, the white snake tries to seduce him. The Tale of The Day is divided into three parts— encounter, enchantment, and epiphany— to express a shift from the obsession of lust to the transcendence and enlightenment.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ying-Fang Shen’s recent work falls within the fields of painting, illustration, video, and animation. She received her BFA in Painting at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2000, MFA in Painting at National Taiwan Normal University in 2004, and MFA in Digital Art at Indiana University in 2009.

Exhibitions of Ms. Shen’s works have received acclaim in cities including Bloomington (IN), Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Taipei, and Vancouver, among many others. She won Best in Show for Humanexus at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014.


Be the first to stay in the brand new Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN while supporting the arts in Hampton Roads.

View events & purchase tickets on "THE MAIN Event" website

Tickets are $50+ 

Net proceeds are a tax deductible donation to the arts. Weekend packages include upscale accommodations, food and beverage, and all-access passes for two to the weekend galleries, exhibits, and performances.

Image credit: Stacey Steers, Edge of Alchemy (still), 2016.

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