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BOARDWALK ART SHOW¬

OCTOBER 22–24, 2021—The 65th Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show Returns!

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Install image by Lindsay Collette of Lesley Dill, Eaters and Eaten in the Radiant Garden of Sorrow and Rapture (from the installation Faith & the Devil), 2011-2012. Acrylic paint, oil pastel, silver leaf, gold leaf, mixed media on cotton panel.

July 15 - October 24, 2021

Summer of Women

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It has been a historic year for women. Not only did the country elect the first woman Vice President, the Commonwealth of Virginia voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, becoming the 38th state to do so, thereby removing an important barrier to the inclusion of the ERA in the U.S. Constitution. On the other hand, women faced new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia MOCA organized the Summer of Women suite of exhibitions in response to these advances and setbacks. Together, She Says: Women, Words and Power, Amplify, and Lauren Keim: Everyday Magic provide much needed platforms for the exploration of the rich and complex lives of women.

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Learn more about our current and upcoming exhibitions here.

The Summer of Women exhibitions are generously supported by PRA Group with additional support from Arleen Cohen, Susan and Andy Cohen in honor of their mothers Irene Fritsch and Lolly Cohen, Jodi and Jay Klebanoff, Southern Bank, and Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.

EXHIBITIONS AT THE MUSEUM

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Main Gallery

She Says: Women, Words and Power

July 15 - October 24, 2021

She Says presents the work of eight women artists who include text as a fundamental element of their art practice. Each one engages with text directly, navigating its power and reflecting its influence back to the viewer. They all move in and out of its flow, whether the text is from a poem, a religious tome, or simply something that is shouted on the street. They start with a personal history, a narrative that has deep roots in the written word.

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Main Gallery

AMPLIFY

July 15 - October 24, 2021

Amplify focuses on the experiences of woman-identifying artists in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Virginia MOCA curators connected with curatorial colleagues and asked them to share their recommendations of woman-identifying artists who are exploring identity and the gendered roles of women.

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Community Gallery

LAUREN KEIM: EVERYDAY MAGIC

July 15 - October 24, 2021

Everyday Magic features a selection of recent photographs by Lauren Keim celebrating and exploring the vitality and beauty of overlooked moments in everyday life. Like the artist, we surround ourselves with everyday spaces and objects whose small details often unveil who we truly are. The nature of noticing is intuitive to Keim. She is most comfortable when she has a camera in her hand and is fascinated with making images that reveal simple moments that cannot be repeated.

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ARTISTS WE LOVE¬

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Julia Kwon, whose studio is located in Northern Virginia, sews interpretative bojagi—Korean object-wrapping cloths historically created since the early Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910)—and wraps hollow human-scale figures with them to comment on the objectification of Asiatic female bodies. Further, she embeds patterns from contemporary sociopolitical events to challenge the notion of authenticity and examine the complexities of constructing identity within the context of globalism, cultural hybridity, and intersectionality. Kwon also explores community and personal relationship building through collaborative projects such as communal quilting, one-on-one portrait drawing, print fundraisers, and building a community that shares local artist talks. Kwon's interactive art projects facilitate solidarity and community in the throes of violent social and political unrest.

Through traditional and invented textiles, Kwon aims to destabilize preexisting notions of what it means to be Korean or feminine. ​By meticulously creating colorful Korean textiles through painting and sewing, she nods to her cultural background, however, through imposing various disruptions and overburdening the textiles with “ethnic” patterns, she conveys the experience of being objectified and judged superficially, while seeking to expose and undercut the very preconceptions others may have based on her gender and ethnicity. Kwon’s work shifts the focus from the search for authentic origins and clear categories to the uncertainties of translation and complexities of globalism, transnationalism, hybridity and intersectionality.

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