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Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Sallie Wiggins
PR Specialist
757-425-0000 ex. 321

Virginia Beach, VA – August 28, 2018 – The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) celebrates the opening of Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail. The public reception takes place at 7:30pm on Friday, September 21. Artist Todd Schorr is a leading figure in the Pop Surrealism and Lowbrow art movements. Schorr is inspired by Renaissance masters such as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Salvador Dali, as well as the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, underground comics best exemplified by Zap, and classis films from the 1930’s such as King Kong and Frankenstein. Schorr combines a complex contemporary imagery with an illustrative style.

Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail takes a closer look at the connection between the synthesis of visual culture from the artist’s childhood and his current pictorial language. Popular culture clearly had a significant impact on young Schorr. From the beginning of the nuclear age, signs, logos, cartoon characters, monsters and mascots have all worked to create a massive societal spectacle. Madison Avenue and both television and cinema have had a profound effect on Western culture’s visual language. Schorr paintings feel like both an exorcism and celebration of that culture.

This exhibition will highlight a mix of Schorr’s iconic paintings, new works that have never been shown to the public as well as sculpture, and preparatory studies. It will explore, in depth, Schorr’s critical dialogue of Western visual culture as it impacted his own visual lexicon and ours.

MOCA produced a limited edition poster on the occasion of this exhibition, and Schorr will conduct a booksigning of his recent monograph Neverlasting Miracles published by Last Gap Books on Saturday, September 22 from 12 – 2pm. This exhibition will travel to the Crocker Art Museum and open in the summer of 2020.

ABOUT TODD SCHORR: Todd Schorr was born in New Jersey in 1954. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and graduated with a degree in illustration. He began work as an illustrator while in college. Upon graduation in 1976, Schorr moved to New York City to begin his professional illustration career. His oeuvre included album covers, movie posters and magazine covers. AC/DC, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Time magazine were some of his clients.

In the mid-eighties, Schorr began his break from illustration so he could focus on his fine art painting. He took part in the 1986 landmark exhibition American Pop Culture Images Today at the Laforet Museum in Tokyo, Japan. In 1992, Schorr had first solo show at the Tamara Bane Gallery in Los Angeles. He is represented by KP Projects Gallery. Solo museum exhibitions include San Jose Museum of Art and Otiz Ben Maltz Gallery.

ABOUT MOCA: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), located in Virginia Beach, is a non-profit that exists to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. MOCA is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). As Virginia's only museum dedicated solely to the exhibition of contemporary art, MOCA encourages visitors to discover and explore art and to engage in hands-on art experiences.

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MOCA is located at 2200 Parks Ave., at the entrance of I-264 in Virginia Beach. The Museum is open Tue-Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat and Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $7.70 for adults and $5.50 for seniors/65+, students (includes children 5 and up) and active military. MOCA members and children four and under are admitted free of charge.

Todd Schorr. Atomic Vacation, Courtesy of the artist © Todd Schorr