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A River Runs Through MOCA

Contemporary art takes on different meanings depending on the artists defining it, but nothing could feel more current than the innovative works in . Included are several pieces by Brooklyn-based artist , who seeks to capture a part of nature that is untouched by humans. In the series Traveling Landscapes, her fastidious sculptures playfully combine suitcases with miniaturized living landscapes of grandiose scale. Streams and rivers course through and activate the seemingly familiar terrains of rolling hills and densely treed grasslands. As a special part of this exhibition, the invited Vance to evolve her series Rogue Stream by creating a …

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Smoke and Mirrors: A Sculptural Journey into the Imagination

The third floor of the has been transformed into an exhibition that defies explanation. Blurring the line between reality and fiction, the six featured national and international sculptors – , , , , , and – employ a variety of indiscernible techniques and mystifying illusionistic effects to accomplish astounding levels of visual deception. As one peers into tunnels, portals, glasses, and suitcases, the outwardly literal representations are transformed into mind-boggling artificial realities. What happens in the mind when we perceive a work of art? Is it a literal representation or a false, artificial reality of something familiar? Is it all …

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