The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) announces the opening of their Winter/Spring Exhibitions on view Jan. 28 through April 16, 2017. The exhibition suite explores the worlds of mental health, war, forgotten Virginia landscapes, and celebrates MOCA‘s 22nd annual juried show of Virginia artists, New Waves 2017.
New Waves 2017 artists will have their work shown alongside three poignant exhibitions. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art features 14 contemporary artists who offer an opportunity to encounter, understand, and break down societal stigmas about mental health through the lens of contemporary craft. Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft is a video installation that uses traditional Afghan rugs as a vehicle for 3D animations engaging in active battles. MOCA‘s Community Gallery features Jamie Betts: Left Behind, a photographic exhibition by Richmond-based artist of abandoned areas across Virginia.
Mindful was organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and features more than 30 works by artists who have responded creatively to mental health conditions they have been diagnosed with or affected by. Artists include Rose Clancy, Meredith Grimsley, Michael Janis, Swoon, and Ian Thomas among others. The exhibition highlights a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual, and installation art.
“One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation,” said MOCA‘s Director of Exhibitions and Education Alison Byrne. “Our hope is that this exhibition will offer a platform to discuss and understand mental health.”
In addition, a series of shorts, Animated Minds, will screen in the Price Auditorium documenting the experience of people who live with mental illness.
MOCA will also host several innovative community programs, partnerships, and educational opportunities in conjunction with the Mindful exhibition.
Nevet Yitzhak is a renowned video and installation artist, as well as a composer. In WarCraft, she creates large-scale video installations using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs created by rural Afghan women. They have introduced symbols of war to traditional iconography. Yitzhak creates her own war rugs, bringing them to life in 3D animations engaged in active battle. WarCraft resembles a video game: planes fly from one rug to the next, dropping bombs, while tanks fire across screens, creating bullet holes.
The 22nd annual juried show of Virginia artists, New Waves 2017, presents a favorite tradition for the Museum and only a small portion of the vast array of artistic talent found within the Commonwealth. This year’s juror, Ken Harman curator and gallerist based in San Francisco, CA, selected 27 artists from over 300 entries. A spectrum of inventive works across diverse disciplines will display in MOCA‘s main galleries.
MOCA‘s Winter/Spring Exhibitions debuts Friday, Jan. 27 with an opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. featuring fine fare and community comradery as juror Ken Harman presents awards to New Waves 2017 artists.Satisfy your sweet tooth at the opening while supporting mental health awareness at the Depressed Cake Shop. Proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Health.
Tickets are free for MOCA members, $10 for non-members and may be purchased online at VirginiaMOCA.org or by calling 425-0000 x 310.