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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Artist Toobz Muir is known best for his murals, surreal paintings and detailed graphite drawings. His colorful work references his early fascination with graffiti and street art as well as his challenges from being color blind.  Primarily using spray paint, Muir freehand renders his work directly onto surfaces creating fantastical imagery that in his words is “both edgy and playful while also emerging from a personal place.” His subject matter ranges from allegorical to darkly satirical themes while distorting his figures’ features to evoke extreme emotional states. Muir is currently located in Roanoke, Virginia. His work has been in several exhibitions including at Fleda A. Ring Artw…

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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise
Toobz Muir at Virginia MOCA. Photo by Fresh Look Photography

ArtLab Fall 2017 - Winter 2018

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Experience MOCA’s exhibitions through ARTlab, an interactive space for all ages. Delve deeper into the story of the USS Monitor and crew, create your own narrative by adding to our giant Mad Lib, pose for portrait using props inspired by the 1800’s, assemble your own cardboard character and discover more about the creative process of artists featured in Small Works, Tall Tales, and more! MOCA would like to thank The Mariners’ Museum and Park and NOAA, who have been instrumental partners in facilitating this ARTlab by providing enormous resources, including: maritime history, visuals and replica artifacts from the USS Monitor. Learn more about a special reciprocal program for memb…

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ArtLab Fall 2017 - Winter 2018
ARTlab Fall 2017. Photo by Glen McClure

Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)

on display YEAR-ROUND
MOCA recently partnered with Richmond-based artist Matt Lively to create  "27 Beecycles" on the back of the Stark and Legum Menswear shop in Norfolk's NEON District. According to the artist, "The 27 Beecycles capture the single-mindedness of bees, flying in one direction, as one unit, and with one purpose.  The evolution of an attached bicycle wheel stems from my interest in man using science to change nature.  The “27” is for each year that the MOCA has been operating in it’s current form - plus one year.”  Matt Lively will have a solo exhibition at MOCA's Satellite Gallery in the VIBE Creative District at Towne Pavilion II opening in April 2016.   ABOUT THE ARTIST (in his …

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Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)
Matt Lively, 27 Beecycles. NEON District Mural. Commissioned by Virginia MOCA. Photograph by Glen McClure. October 2015

dale chihuly

on display year-round
Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003 Often called "the world's greatest living artist," Dale Chihuly has single-handedly changed the glass world with his elaborate and extraordinary works. His retrieval of ancient glass-blowing techniques and his founding of the Pilchuck Glass School, the most prominent glass-working school in the world, are both groundbreaking moments in contemporary glass art. In his Seattle "hot shop," he and his team of glassblowers push the limits of molten glass, darting across the room like dancers, their movements choreographed by the master. In 1996, Chihuly created 15 enormous chandeliers, placing them under bridges and across the Venetian canals as a tribute to the bi…

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dale chihuly
MOCA's Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003.

Outdoor Sculptures

on display year-round
After you've visited MOCA's exhibitions, be sure to take a walking tour of our outdoor sculptures. Download the Outdoor Sculptures map. #1 Steven LesserOlympia, 2001 Plate steel 2001.46.LTLLES #2 Michael ManjarrisPoetic Object Series: Knowledge, 2001 Negro Monterrey Marble 2001.46.LTLMAN #3 Lila KatzenCurled Up C, 1979 Stainless steel and cor-ten 1979.24.LTLKAT #4 Steven LesserMano Hermano, 1999 Plate steel 1999.44.LTLLES #5 MASAYUKI ODAVoyage, 1987 Mixed media 1987.32.03 HELP US PROTECT THE ART: PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON SCULTPURES.  See more Public Art in Virginia Beach: Download the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Guide.  …

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Outdoor Sculptures
Steven Lesser, Olympia, 2001.