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Andy Harris: A Second Helping of Leftovers

September 22 - December 30, 2018
“My collages read as simple objects.  Articles of trash floating down the street are portrayed in a way that compounds the true nature of their existence. I’m drawn to producing gravity and dimension while creating work that is playful and energetic. I walk, I collect, I produce.” What happens to objects when we no longer want or need them? A tool, a telephone, a fast food wrapper, all discarded and forgotten about. Disposing of objects without much thought has unfortunately become part of our throwaway society. Andy Harris stops to take a second look at these discarded objects and uses them as inspiration and source materials. Harris is a collector of objects.  He shines a light on…

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Andy Harris: A Second Helping of Leftovers
Andy Harris. Poached, 2018. 50 x 40 inches. Mixed media collage. Courtesy of the artist.

Open (C)all 2018 Exhibition

June 10 - August 19, 2018
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Virginia Beach SPCA invite Hampton Roads artists of all ages to participate in our upcoming Open (C)all 2018 exhibition. This year we open our call with a special theme; that of compassion. Feelings of tenderness and empathy are not often celebrated or encouraged in our fast-paced, media-driven society. Yet, these emotions bring out the best qualities of humans. Through them we connect, communicate, show mercy, and lend aid to those in need. Compassion both motivates and reveals the heroes among us in ways both large and small.  So, what role does compassion play in your life? What meanings does it have for you? Have you received or wit…

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Open (C)all 2018 Exhibition
Open (C)all 2015 Installation

Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail

September 22 - December 30, 2018
Artist Todd Schorr has earned broad recognition as a master painter. The style and influences of his complex narrative painting have been attributed from a multitude of sources from Northern Renaissance to 18th and 19th century Romantic painters. Schorr combines a complex contemporary imagery with an illustrative style. His intricate narratives are both relevant and relatable. Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail takes a closer look at the connection between the synthesis of visual culture from the artist’s childhood and his current pictorial language. Popular culture clearly had a significant impact on young Schorr. From the beginning of the nuclear age, signs, logos, cartoon characters, monster…

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Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail
Todd Schorr. Ape Worship, 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 96 x 120 inches. Collection of Mark Parker. © Todd Schorr

Satellite Gallery: The Art of the ViBe

March 30 to September 22, 2018
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a proud supporter of the ViBe Creative District. MOCA’s commitment to local artists and our creative community inspired this exhibition.  This exhibition highlights several of the artists who share their artwork with us in the ViBe Creative District. Each artist plays a significant role in improving, engaging, and innovating within our community. The Art of the ViBe is a wonderful way for all of us to connect, collaborate, and celebrate creativity!   Artists: Marlowe Emerson Parrish Majestic Reba McConnell Cat Peterson / Flydog Ceramics OnieTonie™ by Troy Summerell Allison Termine Victoria Weiss Kelsey Witt Organized by The Virginia Mu…

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Satellite Gallery: The Art of the ViBe
Marlowe Emerson. Printemps, 2017. Mixed media on canvas. 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Lightbulb moments

March 17 - August 19, 2018
MOCA celebrates creativity within the visual arts and beyond with our animation exhibition entitled, Lightbulb Moments. In our society, everything moves forward with innovation: culture, communication, technology, and travel. But we cannot innovate without creativity and imagination. Making new connections and ideas moves us forward both in our communities and as a species. In the past few years, there have been growing concerns regarding the American Educational system and its ability to foster creativity in children. While there are no easy answers, we can explore the questions together with the artists of this animated exhibition. Animation provides a broad space for these artists to expl…

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Lightbulb moments
Rhiannon Evans. Fulfilament (film still). Courtesy of the artist.