Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Trip to Virginia MOCA



  MOCA stands for Museum Of Contemporary Art!  Contemporary is defined is art that is the product and reflection of the culture in which we live.


  My daughter and I visited the Virginia Moca last weekend on a free weekend!  What a great way to introduce us to an art museum we had never been to and to a different style of art my daughter has never seen. 


My favorite thing about an art museum is not the creativity behind it although that is spectacular but, that it changes.  You can always go and see something new.

This art featured was so amazing to look at.  I had to refrain from touching it because it was so unbelievable.  Cardboard was constructed into shapes and positions.


Cardboard!!!! These were just the start.  These were made by art students in high school.  This wasn't even the main event!

Right this way!!


My daughter told me to go first.   I mean who knows what's beyond that black hole.


Magic! Art is magic!  

The Monitorium exhibit was created by artist, puppeteer and more Wayne White.  Here he focused on the history of the Battle of Hampton Roads with the Ironclad ships.  In this exhibit you see sailors, ship related objects and there is even some fun hands on experiences.  You can read more about the artist here.


Next stop we got to see all things "don't touch"!


The objects in the next room were made up of wires or glass but we're on stands or tables.  So they were very tempting. If she saw something, she got excited and immediately wanted to point it out.



I think her favorite after all that we saw was the art lab area.  This area encouraged people both young and old to leave your art.  You know after seeing everything you have become inspired! 


First stop was a picture on a piece of paper stuck on to the wall.


Next stop was cardboard!!! Behold the community board of artistic creativity!


I would say we stayed at least an hour and a half or so.  She had fun looking at all the different pieces of art and creating her own.

It was definitely a great way to spend an afternoon.  We had time together. We experienced a new place and some new art together! I'm glad she is open to visiting different places.  

37 comments:

  1. Our local museum changes regularly too, which I think is great! Every time you go, you can see something new. I'm glad you both had a wonderful time a VMOCA. It looks like there were some incredible pieces on display. :) x

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  2. This is so awesome! We need to go to one of these museums soon!

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  3. This looks like such a fun family trip. I can't wait to visit again with my family. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. the lessons that can be learned from traveling to such locations. Whether young or old these trips are to look forward to and to share all when one returns home

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    1. You learn so much by seeing and experiencing new things. I enjoying showing her and experiencing it to!

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  5. Contemporary art is a huge shift from traditional and other simple forms of art. It’s great to be able to explore and view culturally diverse pieces and how the world is advancing today.

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    1. YES, she caught the difference immediately. I think this stirred her enthusiasm and creativity more because the other stuff is either you know how to sculpt or paint or you don't.

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  6. I've been to a dinosaur museum when I was 8 and that was it, lol. This sure is something I've never seen before. Looks like you two really had fun!

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  7. This looks like a fun, educational and family friendly museum. It's great to explore museums with kids !

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  8. I love going to museums with my son! Any Museum of Contemporary Art is so fun and this one presented here looks very interesting and cool

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  9. Looks like you a had a great trip and definitely a nice fun trip.

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  10. It sure look fun and educational too. These high school art students are really talented.

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  11. Oh this looks great. My daughter loves to going to museums, we're actually going to a Gallery of Modern Art tomorrow!

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    1. I hope you and your daughter had a great trip!

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  12. What a cool museum! I always like checking out all the art. Some of it is just bizarre!

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  13. What a great museum! It would be perfect for a homeschool field trip.

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  14. This sounds like a great family trip!! I've never knew VA had Museum Of Contemporary Art with such beautiful art work.

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  15. My kids love going to museums. The more unique the displays, the more they like them, especially my youngest who is a budding artist.

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  16. i love going to museums, i visit almost weekly! but this one is surely different and im sure the young ones love it!

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    1. I would love to visit them more often.

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  17. I've always been a fan of art exhibits. They really do make you wonder what the artist was thinking when they created some of their pieces.

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  18. Wow! Such unique pieces, and from cardboard! It's amazing to me, how people with artistic talent and vision, can create such beauty from any type of materials/mediums.

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    1. That's what I thought. Cardboard??? I'll never look at a box the same again.

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  19. I like visiting different museums so much things to learn. From the origin and history of each arts and design. I will add this to my travel list next time we stop by to Virginia.

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  20. I love going to museums and galleries. It is always so nice to discover some new art. This one is quite unexpected although interesting!

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  21. Your enthusiasm shimmers through the post. The exhibits are quite unique! It's lovely that you and your daughter had such a good time!

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  22. What a fun looking place to get to go and explore, I have to admit if I was going to go to an art museum it would have to be contemporary it is so fun!

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  23. I would love to visit that museum. I love to see art created by local kids. That cardboard art looks really cool.

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  24. We love going to museums and seeing different types of art or when a special exhibition is one This looks amazing!

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  25. Woah....! This is awesome stuff. Keep posting such interesting things.

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  26. That's so creative, using the cardboard. I did this once when I was still in grade school. Kinda hard especially cutting the board.

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  27. Looks like little girl enjoyed it. :)

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  28. We love art exhibits. The boys enjoy looking at the different colors.

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  29. It seems like you all had great time.I like to visit such museums with my kid too.

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  30. Wow, I love the place! Great way to appreciate arts and explore too. Good to know you have had a great afternoon! More art exhibits to explore!

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  31. Omg hOw fun!!! We were just talking about taking a family trip to VA this year! Looks like I will have to make that trip happen

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    1. Ooh come on down Courtney we would love to have you!! We have snow today and the locals can't drive in it so stay away till it's gone! (I'm from outside of Buffalo)

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