Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime¬

Craft supplies with colorful wool.


Sunday, February 25, 2024
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Virginia MOCA


Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme. Looking to Learn encourages valuable social-emotional skills that help children ages 3–8 build and develop greater empathy, understanding, and respect for their peers and community.

This month we will look at Concerning the Elephant Bird by artist Mark Dion, read the book Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins, and explore the relationship between humans and nature as we create hanging outdoor sculptures full of colorful wool that birds can use for nest-building!

Sunday, February 25, 2024


10:00–11:00 AM


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