Intro to Contemporary Art¬

A hand weaving threads of green and blue through a loom.

Photo courtesy of Renee Calway


Saturday, March 2, 2024
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Virginia MOCA


Ages 6–8
3 Sessions
Instructor: Renee Calway

Explore the galleries at Virginia MOCA and practice your studio art skills! Together, we’ll create works of art from start to finish, practice in our sketchbooks, and investigate a variety of exciting art media used for drawing, painting, and weaving.

By the end of this experience, every student will walk away with several mixed-media artworks and a sketchbook full of useful knowledge!

Saturdays, March 2–16
12:00–1:30 PM
Members $65, Nonmembers $80


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