The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will host a group exhibition “The Artist Gallery: Call and Response” beginning Aug. 5 at MOCA’s Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II.
MOCA invited artists from The Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, to respond to MOCA’s ground-breaking exhibition, Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. The artists who responded spent time reviewing the 60 plus works of art in the exhibition and talked with the curators who organized it. The artists then created an original artwork as a response to the exhibition. This artist may have cited influence from a specific work or multiple pieces.
“Pablo Picasso once said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal,” said MOCA Curator, Heather Hakimzadeh on why MOCA chose to initiate a Call and Response with members of The Artists Gallery. “While that is not exactly true, artists do draw inspiration from the creativity of others. Whether it is a contemporary artist or a master from centuries ago, the language of art inspires greater dialogue. This is how art evolves over time and how our cultural currency continues to grow. Every work of art influences others who encounter and learn from it.”
The Artists Gallery is an artists’ cooperative, managed entirely by its artist tenants. Founded in 1989, they provide space for creating, exhibiting and showcasing original fine art by local and regional artists.
“Artists taking inspiration from the Turn the Page exhibition have found it fascinating to carefully reflect on the multitude of groundbreaking artworks featured here,” said Bill Campbell, Board Chair of The Artists Gallery. “So many different influences are on display, it’s like picking from a cornucopia of delicious fruits…” Mr. Campbell continues, “Each year, The Artists Gallery hosts Fabulous Forgeries, in which artists draw inspiration from great artists of the past, some copying, some re-interpreting. Never before have we given such attention to contemporary artists. It should be fun to see what we come up with.”
MOCA will host an opening reception on Fri., Aug. 5 from 5-7pm in conjunction with First Friday ViBe (Virginia Beach’s creative arts district) at the MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II, with light refreshments. This reception is free and open to the public.
This exhibition is organized by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). MOCA would like to thank The Artists Gallery and The Runnymede Corporation for their help in realizing this exhibition.
About MOCA Satellite Gallery: Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for admission. MOCA has partnered with The Runnymede Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum. MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor. Exhibitions will rotate every four months featuring work from local and regional artists, some available for purchase. Exhibitions are organized by MOCA Curator, Heather Hakimzadeh and Director of Exhibitions and Education, Alison Byrne.