June 13, 2024

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington celebrates 50th anniversary, opens new exhibitions

The museum celebrates its first fifty years with an exhibition of artists who exhibited with the organization throughout its history and a show of current and recent resident artists.

ARLINGTON, VA., June 3, 2024 – As it celebrates its 50th anniversary year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is proud to announce its upcoming summer exhibitions, opening on June 15, 2024. Art After Hours, the opening celebration in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 5pm-8pm.

The three summer exhibitions include Golden: Fifty Years of New Classics, a group exhibition celebrating the first fifty years of MoCA Arlington, Wish You Were Here, an exhibition featuring MoCA Arlington’s current and recent resident artists, and Tape It Up! Community Photos with Reclining Liberty, in the Jenkins Community Gallery.

In Golden: Fifty Years of New Classics, artists who have exhibited at MoCA Arlington in each of the five decades of its existence display mostly never-before-exhibited works that represent a range of styles and address an array of pressing topics. The exhibition highlights MoCA Arlington’s legacy of presenting and supporting the work of artists who shaped the regional arts scene. It also foregrounds the organization’s broad influence by including new work by artists whose initial engagement with MoCA Arlington came at pivotal, early moments in their careers. They have since gone on to build influential and enduring artistic careers around the region and across the country, a testament to the organization’s history as a launchpad for new talent.

Golden: Fifty Years of New Classics includes work by Merryn Omotayo Alaka, Wendy Babcox, Andrea Chung, Lily Cox-Richard, Ann Fessler, Steven Frost, Anne Hancock, Walter Kravitz, Jackie Milad, Jefferson Pinder, Michael B. Platt, and Katarina Wong.

Wish You Were Here is MoCA Arlington’s resident artist summer exhibition, featuring new artworks by Kate Fleming, Emily Fussner, David Ignacio, Stephanie Lane, Marissa Long, Rebecca Rivas-Rogers, Johab Silva, Marisa Stratton, Olivia Tripp Morrow, Milan Warner, Bahar Yürükoğlu and Lianna Zaragoza. Borrowing its title from the cliché sentence written on the back of postcards, the works in Wish You Were Here are anything but, inviting an expansive interpretation of the sentiment.

In Tape it Up! Community Photos with Reclining Liberty, MoCA Arlington invites the public to share photographs they have taken with artist Zaq Landsberg’s beloved outdoor sculpture since it was installed on MoCA Arlington’s lawn in August of 2023. Members of the public are invited to bring a 4×6 or 5×7 photograph of themselves with Reclining Liberty and tape it to the gallery wall (tape provided by the museum) creating an evolving installation throughout the summer. Alternatively, people can email their photos to photos@mocaarlington.org to be printed and added to the installation by museum staff.

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington Summer 2024 Exhibitions
June 15 – September 8, 2024

Golden: Fifty Years of New Classics
Featured artists: Merryn Omotayo Alaka, Wendy Babcox, Andrea Chung, Lily Cox-Richard, Ann Fessler, Steven Frost, Anne Hancock, Walter Kravitz, Jackie Milad, Jefferson Pinder, Michael B. Platt, and Katarina Wong
Curated by Al Miner
Main Level and Lower Level Galleries

Wish You Were Here
Featured artists: Kate Fleming, Emily Fussner, David Ignacio, Stephanie Lane, Marissa Long, Rebecca Rivas-Rogers, Johab Silva, Marisa Stratton, Olivia Tripp Morrow, Milan Warner, Bahar Yürükoğlu and Lianna Zaragoza
Curated by Amanda Jirón-Murphy
Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery, Upper Level

Tape it Up! Community Photos with Reclining Liberty
Featured artists: Community Members
Jenkins Community Gallery, Lower Level

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty
Through July 28, 2024
Front Lawn

PROGRAMS

Art After Hours: 50th Anniversary Edition
Saturday, June 15, 5pm-8pm
Join MoCA Arlington to celebrate the opening of our new summer exhibitions and honor the organization’s 50th anniversary year with a community celebration! Inside the museum, view the new exhibitions, visit resident artist studios, and enjoy refreshments from the cash bar. On the lawn, celebrate with music, art activities, a photobooth, and local food trucks. Explore the whole museum and meet people who have shaped MoCA Arlington into what it is today.

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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.

 

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Golden: Fifty Years of New Classics

June 15 - September 8, 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

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington offers a wonderful and wide range of creative summer camps for your creative students! Camps are offered for kids starting at age 5 and up to teens ages 18.

Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty

August 5, 2023 - September 28, 2025

Front Lawn
MoCA Arlington and Arlington Public Art are thrilled to co-sponsor the installation of Zaq Landsberg’s celebrated Reclining Liberty on the Museum’s front lawn.

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