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New Waves 2019

March 23 - August 18, 2019
Save the Date: Opening Celebration Friday, March 22, 2019 Virginia MOCA will proudly celebrate its 24th juried exhibition, New Waves 2019. This annual tradition features artists who represent the vast array of artistic talent found in the Virginia Commonwealth. This year’s juror is Carmen Hermo. Hermo is the Associate Curator for the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. She has curated the exhibition Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making, and co-curated exhibitions Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection and Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas. Additionally, she co…

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New Waves 2019
Carmen Hermo. New Waves 2019 Juror and Associate Curator for the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

The Rest of History

March 23 - August 18, 2019
"History is written by the victors." How often have you heard this? This quote often comes into play when talking about a history or story that seems one-sided or incomplete. There is a deep truth at the heart of this glib statement.  Those with the most power and influence have, through the centuries, written the script of who we were and, therefore, who we are. The "victors" control the documentation of history. They commission artworks and books, approve history textbooks, and choose the production of movies and television programs. This constructed history is a narrative borne from a specific viewpoint and limited by gender, ethnicity, and class. It is also what defines our values and c…

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The Rest of History
Gina Adams. Treaty of the Middle Plantation, 1701 Broken Treaty Quilt, 2017. Antique quilt with hand cut calico. 67 x 81 inches. Photo: Aaron Paden. Courtesy of Accola Griefen Fine Art

Annie Layne: Brazen

March 23 - August 18, 2019
Save the Date: Opening Celebration Friday, March 22, 2019 Annie Layne embroiders for the world in which she lives. She uses humor to approach subjects that provoke thought and discussion. At first glance, the embroidered works seem familiar and nostalgic. The more time you spend with them, the deeper your appreciation will go. Because, the women in Annie Layne's embroidery embrace life. They are bright, colorful, and filled with joy. These women are not the ideal. They are imperfect with their moles, extra eyes, and weird facial hair, but they are fancy. A sea hag peeps out from colorful coral with ivory bubbles dancing from her lips. A bearded woman is in profile, her demeanor haughty as tr…

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Annie Layne: Brazen
Annie Layne, Sea Hag, 2018. Courtesy of the artist