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New Waves 2019

March 23 - August 18, 2019
Virginia MOCA proudly celebrates its 24th juried exhibition, New Waves 2019. MOCA is honored to support Virginia’s contemporary artists. The Commonwealth holds a broad scope of artistic talent, only which a small portion is highlighted in this exhibition. MOCA would like to thank our juror, Carmen Hermo and all the artists who submitted entries. 363 artists submitted work, our juror selected the following artists to exhibit: Kevin Adams      Laura Allen                          Hannah Altman                 Megan Angolia                  Veronica Barker-Barzel  Katie Barrie         Brian Basnett              …

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New Waves 2019
Carmen Hermo. New Waves 2019 Juror and Associate Curator for the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

The Rest of History

March 23 - August 18, 2019
Join us for the Opening Celebration on March 22! "History is written by the victors." How often have you heard this? This quote often comes into play when talking about a history or story that seems one-sided or incomplete. There is a deep truth at the heart of this glib statement.  Those with the most power and influence have, through the centuries, written the script of who we were and, therefore, who we are. The "victors" control the documentation of history. They commission artworks and books, approve history textbooks, and choose the production of movies and television programs. This constructed history is a narrative borne from a specific viewpoint and limited by gender, ethnicity, an…

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The Rest of History
Andrea Geyer. Constellations (Jessie Redmon Fauset), 2018. Hand-cut archival print on rag paper. 38 7/8 x 24 3/4 inches. Courtesy the Artist and Hales Gallery

Annie Layne: Brazen

March 23 - August 18, 2019
Save the Date: Opening Celebration Friday, March 22, 2019, 6:30pm Annie Layne embroiders for the world in which she lives. She uses humor to approach subjects that provoke thought and discussion. At first glance, the embroidered works seem familiar and nostalgic. The more time you spend with them, the deeper your appreciation will go. Because, the women in Annie Layne's embroidery embrace life. They are bright, colorful, and filled with joy. These women are not the ideal. They are imperfect with their moles, extra eyes, and weird facial hair, but they are fancy. A sea hag peeps out from colorful coral with ivory bubbles dancing from her lips. A bearded woman is in profile, her demeanor haugh…

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Annie Layne: Brazen
Annie Layne, Sea Hag, 2018. Courtesy of the artist

Double-Edged: Pop-up Exhibition at BOJUart Gallery

March 1 - 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 6pm Life is full of challenges. They are what make us grow and evolve. Adventurous people seek them out even when it makes them uncomfortable. This winter, MOCA laid down a challenge to 12 artists from our region. MOCA invited them to make an artwork under specific rules. But, none of the artists knew what the rules would be. The only hint given was that they need to collaborate in some way with another artist in a limited amount of time. All 12 artists took up the challenge. Each received a box full of seemingly random material, a set of rules and a partner/collaborator. The result is Double Edged. The six pairs of artists found six different approaches t…

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Double-Edged: Pop-up Exhibition at BOJUart Gallery

Satellite Gallery: Modern Makers

February 15 - June 8, 2019
Opening Celebration, Friday, February 15 5-7pm. 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II. Modern Makers celebrates Maria Galuszka, Mary Menzer and Spencer Tinkham, each makes traditional objects with a contemporary eye. Maria Galuszka creates ceramics, Mary Menzer sews quilts, and Spencer Tinkham carves in wood. For all three, the formal qualities of their work outpace the traditional functionality. Each artist recalls masters of the modernist art movement: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rousseau, Anni Albers, Constantin Brâncuși, Jean Arp and Frank LLoyd Wright, while moving beyond the intellectual inquiry of that modern movement. They embrace materials that are tactile, alluring and part of our e…

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Satellite Gallery: Modern Makers
Mary Menzer, Quilt It Wright, 2015, Textile. Courtesy of the artist