January 20, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington Announces Winter 2024 Exhibitions

The exhibitions include  a new seven channel multimedia installation and photo series, a solo exhibition as part of the ongoing SOLOS series, a solo exhibition by one of the Museum’s resident artists, and a thematic group exhibition exploring sisterhood and solidarity amongst Black women 

ARLINGTON, VA., December 12, 2023 – Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is proud to announce its upcoming winter exhibitions, opening in January and February of 2024. Art After Hours, an opening celebration for three new exhibitions, will take place on Saturday, January 20 from 5pm-8pm. An additional opening reception and artist talk will take place on February 22 from 5pm to 8pm to celebrate the opening of Solace and Sisterhood.

Running from January 20 to March 17, I know a place where they perform miracles, featuring work by the collaborative duo Ghost of a Dream, highlights a new, seven-channel, rotating video installation. The work was created for the exhibition at MoCA Arlington as part of Ghost of a Dream’s ongoing project Aligned by the Sun. The exhibition also showcases new composite photographs from their series Is this Paradise…. 

For Aligned by the Sun, Ghost of a Dream has invited artists from all over the world to send them short videos of the sun at the end of the day taken in their home nation. The immersive video installation, created from contributed videos, asks viewers to stand in the room as the sun in over 200 countries sets around them. The work is intentionally open-ended and impossible to complete, as geographic boundaries shift and new states and territories emerge.

The composite photographs from the Is this Paradise…. series are created using images of climate disasters collected from online news stories over recent years. These images are organized by subject matter and then combined, collaged, overlayed, and desaturated to give them a haunting quality. In their distinct ways, both bodies of work address the interconnectedness of the planet and how it can be a source of both hope and despair.

In Hitched to Everything Else, also opening on January 20, Lillian Bayley Hoover depicts spaces where human infrastructure interrupts or collides with the natural environment. The artist highlights and challenges humans’ conflicted relationship to nature, or, as she explains it, all the ways “we are of nature but proceed as if we are apart from it.” Hoover’s complex landscapes invite viewers to confront this untenable approach, pointing to the threat it poses both to our own existence and to the natural world we treat as if it is distinct from human life.

Lillian Bayley Hoover: Hitched to everything else takes place as part of SOLOS 23-24, a series of solo exhibitions by artists based in the Mid-Atlantic taking place at the museum throughout 2023 and 2024. The exhibitions in SOLOS 23-24 were selected from an open call by a jury that included artist Nekisha Durrett, Betsy Johnson, assistant curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Jova Lynne, director, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University.

Also opening January 20 in the Wyatt Resident Artist Galleries Brains in a Golden Gratin, a solo exhibition by MoCA resident artist Bahar Yürükoğlu. Titled after a dish from the 1982 cookbook Hors d’Oeuvre, Yürükoğlu’s exhibition takes the messy, often revolting stuff of our mortal bodies and transient lives, and searches for connections between them and ideals of beauty, motherhood, and civilization—all somehow (and indeed intimately) related to food—with gusto.

Opening February 22, Solace and Sisterhood is curated by Dr. Lauren Davidson. Solace and Sisterhood brings together the work of three artists of African descent who are friends and “sisters”: Lavett Ballard, Amber Robles-Gordon, and Evita Tezeno. Through their artwork, viewers are given an intimate look into their experiences and their sisterhood, which has developed over several years. By digging deeply into historical and contemporary perspectives on African American life, exploring traditions in the African diasporic community, or remixing commonly known objects, these artists span media and aesthetics. They tackle topics of self-identity, Black female beauty, and spiritual discovery. They resist single affiliations and simple answers to difficult questions. All the while, they maintain deep bonds that now transcend friendship. They are now sisters.

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington Winter 2024 Exhibitions
January 20 – March 17, 2024

Ghost of a Dream: I know a place where they perform miracles
Experimental and Truland Galleries, Lower Level

Lillian Bayley Hoover: Hitched to Everything Else
Chairmen’s Gallery, Main Level

Bahar Yürükoğlu: Brains In A Golden Gratin
Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery

Place: Calling Home
Jenkins Community Gallery

Ongoing Exhibitions
An Adventure of Being
Extended through February 11, 2024
Meyer and Smith Galleries, Main Level
Organized by Blair Murphy, MoCA Arlington Curator of Exhibitions
Featured artists: Vincent Cy Chen, Nicki Cherry, Jeremy Olson, and Stephanie J. Williams

Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty
Through July 28, 2024

Opening in February
Solace and Sisterhood
February 22 – May 26, 2024
Meyer and Smith Galleries, Main Level
Organized by Dr. Lauren Davidson
Featured artists: Lavett Ballard, Amber Robles-Gordon, and Evita Tezeno

Public Programs and Events

Art After Hours
Saturday, January 20, 5pm-8pm
MoCA Arlington celebrates the opening of four new exhibitions. Exhibiting artists will be in attendance and MoCA Arlington Resident Artists will also open their studios to the public. The event is free, open to the public and will include light refreshments and a cash bar.

Solace and Sisterhood Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, February 22, 5pm-8pm
MoCA Arlington celebrates the opening Solace and Sisterhood, guest curated by Dr. Lauren Davidson and featuring work by Lavett Ballard, Amber Robles-Gordon, and Evita Tezeno. An artist talk with the three artists, who will be in attendance, will take place at 6:30pm. The event is free, open to the public and will include light refreshments and a cash bar.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington offers free admission and is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5pm. Visit mocaarlington.org for a full schedule of activities.

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About Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

The Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enriches community life by connecting the public with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, education programs, and an artists-in-residence program. Located at 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, the museum is open Wed.-Sun. 12-5pm. The museum has free on-site parking, is easy to reach by metro and bus, and is accessible. There is no admission fee to visit. For more information about our exhibitions and programming, visit mocaarlington.org. Follow us @mocaarlington.


Golden: Fifty Years of New Classics

UPCOMING: Opens June 15, 2024

Curated by Al Miner

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is proud to present Golden: Fifty Years of New Classics, an exhibition celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary.

Summer Camp Registration

June 17 – August 16

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Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty

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Front Lawn
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