COFFEE + CONVERSATION: WILL SMITH & TODD WALKER, JUDEO-CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER¬
COFFEE + CONVERSATION: WILL SMITH & TODD WALKER, JUDEO-CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTER
Thursday, January 5
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 Will Smith, exhibiting artist, and Todd Walker, executive director of Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, who will discuss their collaboration and the culminating work of art featured in More Than Shelter.
Will Smith is a documentary-style filmmaker and photographer based in Virginia Beach. Smith is heavily influenced by the early years of his life in Virginia Beach. The city that exposed him to so many walks of life also exposed him to deep-rooted issues of the past. This conflict eventually drove him to leave the home he always knew. Smith returned to Virginia Beach in 2013. He reached a crossroads in his life and decided to fully pursue working with his camera.
Smith started documenting everyday life around him and noticed home didn't feel like it once did. The spaces and places where random and unique memories were created were gone—erased and redeveloped. This inspired him to use his photography to document the ever-changing landscape of his home. He began crafting stories about locals and tapping into the conflicts they overcome on their journeys. The purpose behind Smith's work is to document wherever he goes—the spaces, places, people, and moments the world may never choose to remember.
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center is a non-profit organization based in Virginia Beach that seeks to empower homeless families, individuals, and veterans to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive, and independent members of our community.
More Than Shelter
The essentials for human survival are food, water, and shelter. These needs take precedence over all the others. Virginia MOCA continues our investigations of basic human needs with the new exhibition More Than Shelter. Eleven artists received an invitation to participate in this exhibition. We asked each one to consider what the idea of shelter means to them and choose an avenue of investigation. The artists connected with partners who provided unique insight into their area of expertise. Shelter is both a verb and a noun. It can mean a home, a community, or the people and places that makes us feel safe and welcomed. It also means to listen, care, and to support one another, our community, our land, our minds, our society, and our futures.