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More Than Shelter

Erin Fostel, Room #3, May 12th, 2022, YWCA South Hampton Roads Emergency Shelter, 2022. Charcoal and graphite on muslin. Courtesy of the artist

October 8, 2022-February 5, 2023

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.

More Than Shelter will debut new artworks by the invited artists. The exhibition and related educational programming will encourage members of our community to forge new connections with each other and gain a greater understanding of what it takes to weather the challenges of our ever-changing planet.

ARTISTS AND PARTNERS

Heather Beardsley (VA) &

Mel Price, Principal, Work Program Architects
This partnership was made possible through the generous support of Work Program Architects.

Erika Diamond (NC) &

StandUp for Kids

Erin Fostel (MD) & YWCA South Hampton Roads

This partnership was made possible through the generous support of the Lynn and Rachel Schoenbaum Charitable Fund

Roberto Jamora (VA) & The Filipino Community of Hampton Roads

Pat Jarrett (VA) & DIY House Shows in Virginia

Rosa Leff (MD) &

Residents of Puerto Rico and Dr. Tania Lizarazo, a professor of Global Studies at University of Maryland

Mehves Lelic (VA) &

Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center

Austin Miles (VA) &

Urban League of Hampton Roads

Will Smith (VA) &

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
This partnership was made possible through the generous support of Duncan Family Charitable Fund

Sandy Williams IV (VA) &

Dr. Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Ph.D. Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Norfolk State University

Megan Wynne (VA) &

ForKids
This partnership was made possible through the generous support of the Sokol Family Foundation

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education and Heather Hakimzadeh, Senior Curator and Special Projects Manager. Virginia MOCA thanks the artists and experts for their collaboration in this exhibition.

Videos

Artist interview with Austin Miles on her partnership with the Urban League of Hampton Roads and the culminating work of art featured in the exhibition titled Passkey.

Charcoal artist Erin Fostel discusses her collaboration with the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.

Shelter can mean a home, a community, or the people and places that makes us feel safe and welcomed. For More Than Shelter, photographer Pat Jarrett documented and explored the little-known DIY house venue community in Virginia. In areas of the country where there are few options for emerging bands, some people have opened up their own homes to create DIY venues.

“These DIY spaces are, in fact, people’s homes. Their generosity in sharing their living spaces creates incubators for new and touring bands and provides a place for the punks, weirdos, and freaks to congregate. These communities are thriving in Virginia, even as threats like gentrification change the landscape of these impromptu creative spaces.” —Pat Jarrett.

The essentials for human survival are food, water and shelter. This month, a new exhibition opened at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art that explores what shelter is, what it means to have it, and what it’s like to live without it.

Our Supporters

Special thanks to More Than Shelter presenting sponsor:

Sentara Healthcare

Additional support provided by the Sokol Family Foundation, Southern Bank, Atlantic Union Bank, Scott and Christina Duncan, the Lynn and Rachel Schoenbaum Charitable Fund, The Helen G. Gifford Foundation, Baldwin Advisory, Work Program Architects, Bishard Homes, OVM Financial, Tidewater Home Funding, the City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Arts Alliance, the City of Portsmouth, and the Tidewater Children’s Foundation.

Free admission made possible by the Goode Family Foundation.