EVENTS

Coffee + Conversation with the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Presented by the CNU Center for Sustainability¬

A black and blue image with several jellyfish

Photo by Marat Gilyadzinov

COFFEE + CONVERSATION WITH THE VIRGINIA AQUARIUM & MARINE SCIENCE CENTER, PRESENTED BY THE CNU CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN EDUCATION

Thursday, February 22, 2024
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Virginia MOCA

REGISTER

10:30 AM Coffee served

11:00 AM Gallery Talk

Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers.

This month we will be joined by Leslie Clements, Equity, Community & Learning, and Catherine Miller, Scientific Illustrator for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

This program is presented by the CNU Center for Sustainability in Education.

The mission of the CNU Center for Sustainability in Education is to embed sustainability in the academic lives of students, faculty, and staff by creating and supporting opportunities to learn about sustainability through coursework, research, workshops, co-curricular activities, and civic engagement. The Center engages the CNU campus as a living, learning lab model for students to explore, understand, and apply more sustainable solutions to climate issues.

EXHIBITION

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld unites over 30 sculptures and paintings by two renowned artists who have explored humanity’s strained relationship with the environment for over 30 years. Both Dion and Rockman have achieved international prominence for their own distinctive practices. They conduct intensive research, using allegory, dark humor, and popular culture to convey their message. Each subverts the authority and objectivity of museums of art and natural history. They ground their studio practice in science and close observation but present it as theater.

The title, “Journey to Nature’s Underworld,” holds various meanings, including mythic abodes, archaeology, Earth’s subsurface, and unconscious beliefs about nature. Dion and Rockman reflect on our culture’s harmful course, balancing the wonder and woe of nature’s condition.

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld was curated by Suzanne Ramljak Chief Curator of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and organized by the American Federation of Arts.

February 9, 2024-June 9, 2024

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