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Satellite Gallery: The Art of the ViBe 2

December 12, 2019 – October 3, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 12, 5-7pm, free admission. MOCA Satellite Gallery at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) proudly presents The Art of the ViBe 2, an exhibition celebrating eight visual artists who contribute to the rich, vibrant culture of Virginia Beach’s thriving ViBe Creative District. The Museum began with Virginia Beach artists supporting each other through exhibitions and this initiative is a proud continuation of that creative spirit. The ViBe is home to a broad spectrum of creative talent. From the visual arts, to gastronomy, and hand-made artisan goods, each inspires the next. Each artist featured in this exhibition s…

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Satellite Gallery: The Art of the ViBe 2
Lisa Ashinoff, Grove, 2018. Giclee print on Entrada Rag. 22 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art From the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman

March 21 – January 3, 2021
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art presents a selection of works from Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The 27 internationally regarded artists featured here create timely considerations into race and identity. The works are inspired by global art history, American history, and popular culture and present a broad range of concepts including vulnerability, beauty, and belonging. They challenge perceptions about the way society and each of us may or may not look at the “other.”  Through various media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage, the Black, Hispanic and Latinx body is subtly implied i…

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Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art From the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman
Nina Chanel Abney, #33, 2018, © Nina Chanel Abney. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

CineSpace: Selections from the Houston Cinema Arts Society Film Competition

September 21, 2019 - February 16, 2020
CineSpace is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery. Filmmakers are asked to make a short film, of 10 minutes or less in duration, that contains at least 10% footage from the NASA archives. The films are screened during the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, at film festivals across the country, as well as on NASA TV and even on the International Space Station. MOCA celebrates CineSpace’s fifth year of the competition by showing a curated selection of films from the past four years.  NASA's journeys into air and space continue to inspire future generations. Th…

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CineSpace: Selections from the Houston Cinema Arts Society Film Competition
Space Craft (film still), Jan Turek, Prokop Jelinek, Czech Republic, 2018, 4:54

Satellite Gallery: In Service

June 21 - November 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 21, 5-7pm, free admissionMOCA Satellite Gallery at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II There are people in every community who hear a call. They possess an innate desire to be part of something greater than themselves and to serve their community. There are countless directions one can go to answer that call, but for many in our region, military service provided that path. Everyone's experience in military service is different. Time spent on active duty can be spent learning, broadening horizons, and finding clarity. It can also be one of challenges and hardship for both the service member and their families. Frequently, when veterans leave the military, they know wh…

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Satellite Gallery: In Service
Micheal Macdonald. Patriotic Festival, 2015. Photograph. Courtesy of Micheal Macdonald Photography

Echard Wheeler: In Stillness

September 21, 2019 - February 16, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6:30 pm. Sometimes, if we are very lucky, we find home. This is not always the place you live, but it is the place where you find solace, a place that your heart recognizes. For photographer Echard Wheeler, that place is First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.  At one time maritime forests covered much of the East Coast and almost all of Virginia Beach. Now, they are rare and endangered. First Landing may be the only place available in the region to get a sense of the area in prehistoric times. Echard Wheeler craves this connection. He travels deep into the park, walking miles to discover the life and beauty within.  The land has borne witness …

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Echard Wheeler: In Stillness
Echard Wheeler, What We Can’t See, 2019. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist