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Vik Muniz: poetics of perception

February 7, 2014 – April 27, 2014
Internationally recognized for his startling use of materials, Vik Muniz creates stunning images, while investigating the history of art and of visual reproduction. By employing diverse objects such as toys, diamonds, industrial garbage, and minute magazine clippings, Muniz creates tableaus which are preserved through photographic reproduction. Attuned to the history of image-making, Muniz's complex compositions investigate the nature of visual cognition, and promise to engage and inspire. His award-winning documentary, Waste Land, will be screened during the course of the exhibition. This exhibition is organized by Virginia MOCA and guest curated by Carla Hanzal. Carla Hanzal is an indep…

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Vik Muniz: poetics of perception

New Waves 2014

February 7, 2014 - April 27, 2014
MOCA presents its annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2014 for the 19th year. Over 230 artists from across Virginia submitted work in 2014 and proved, yet again, that the Commonwealth contains a rich and vast array of artistic talent. This exciting exhibition demonstrates the diversity of materials and approaches that are used in contemporary art today. New Waves 2014 will feature 27 artists from 16 cities across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  ACCEPTED ARTISTS: Mark Edward Atkinson (Virginia Beach) Jonathan Aumen (Norfolk) Nathan Boor (Virginia Beach) Jessica Braun (Arlington) Susan Willis Brodie (Charlottesville) Christiana Caro (Norfolk) Travis Childers (Fairfax) Carey Coleman (Waverly) N…

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New Waves 2014

Havets Sanger: The Songs of the Sea

February 7, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Havets Sånger / The Songs of the Sea LEARN FROM THE ARTIST: "Drawn to Atmosphere" Master Class with Lana Stephens - Saturday, April 5th Artist Lana Stephens and opera singer, musician and composer Simon Petersson first met on their way to an opera festival in Verona, Italy. A collaborative art and music project was the result of their chance meeting. Created during a residency in Sweden during the summer of 2013, this exhibition is strongly influenced by the landscape there. Visitors to MOCA's Community Gallery can experience 10 songs by Petersson with corresponding charcoal drawings by Stephens. Metaphorically expressed through references to nature, Petersson’s music is emotive and haunt…

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Havets Sanger: The Songs of the Sea

Waste Land

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 - APRIL 27, 2014
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSI…

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Waste Land

ARTlab Spring 2014

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 – APRIL 27, 2014
Inspired by current exhibition Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception, visitors to MOCA's ARTlab will experience hands-on, thought-proviking activites as well as videos about the artist.  This exhibit celebrates artist Vik Muniz and his use of recycled materials.  Visitors are invited to hunt through garbage, create Vik Muniz inspired artworks and learn about the benefits of recycling. Learn more about this exhibit via MOCA's exhibition materials: Exhibition Invitation  Exhibition gallery guide Visitors to this exhibition are encouraged to get hands on! Follow art activities made in this exhibit on Tumblr. …

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ARTlab Spring 2014