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New Waves 2021

November 2021 - March 2022
Virginia MOCA celebrates its 26th year for the juried New Waves 2021 exhibition of work by artists living in Virginia. The Commonwealth is home to a vast array of artistic talent and MOCA takes pride in its commitment to highlighting and honoring this artistic community. This year's juror is Grace Deveney, curator and art historian. She is Associate Curator of Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow, a New Orleans-based contemporary art triennial (2021). Previously, she was Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Exhibitions at the MCA include Christina Quarles (2020; postponed until 2021) Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power (2019) and Groundings (2018; with Tara Ais…

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New Waves 2021
Grace Deveney, New Waves 2021 Juror

She Says: Women, Words, and Power

July 17 – October 24, 2021
She Says: Women, Words, and Power will present a broad range of approaches contemporary women artists are using with the incorporation of text as an essential part of their artistic practice. Each artist creates and reflects the written word as a formal building block: as way to convey trauma, to assert sexuality, or to investigate power structures on all levels. The artists come from a wide range of backgrounds and are at different stages of their lives and careers, yet for each one text acts as a powerful visual punch. Their use of text navigates a delicate balance between image and language, personal and universal, or politics and poetry. In their investigations and declarations, we find …

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She Says: Women, Words, and Power
April Bey, And I'm Calm, Calculated and Perfectly Aligned, 2020, Watercolor drawing, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, hand-sewn "African" fabric, oil impasto, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.