Instagram Live Chat with Alexis Rockman¬

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
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Join Senior Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists. Guest artists will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration.

This month’s guest is Alexis Rockman.

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Alexis Rockman is a contemporary American artist known for his large-scale paintings of apocalyptic landscapes. His work depicts the natural world in a darkly surreal way, exploring the collision between civilization and nature. Rockman’s paintings are visually striking and often feature mutated animals, toxic waste, and crumbling infrastructure. He is one of the first contemporary artists to focus his work on environmental issues, and his paintings serve as a powerful reminder of the fragility of nature and the need to protect it.

Rockman’s work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and is included in the collections of many leading institutions. He is a highly respected artist, and his work has been praised for its originality, its powerful message, and its striking visual imagery.


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