Current Exhibitions - MOCA Westport

Current Exhibitions

Summer Exhibitions

On View: June 25 - August 21

Élan Vital

On View: June 25 - August 21
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24

In its largest gallery, MoCA Westport will showcase the artists selected for its first Summer Open Call, curated by Max Teicher and Emily White. The Call For Art was open to all emerging, mid-career and established visual artists over the age of 18. MoCA Westport received over 200 submissions for consideration, from artists spanning the United States and beyond. The exhibition features eleven artists working in a range of mediums.

The exhibition is entitled Élan Vital, a term representing the creative force within an organism that is responsible for growth, change, and necessary or desirable adaptations. Artist Arthur Dove, who had a studio in Westport, was greatly influenced by Henri Bergson and his term élan vital as he sought to make such universal harmonies, and this urge for growth and renewal, visible in his work.

Selected artists include:  Jessica Alazraki (New York, NY) • Andisheh Avini (Brooklyn, NY) • William Buchina (Brooklyn, NY) • Chase Hall (Los Angeles, CA/New York, NY) • Asher Liftin (Brooklyn, NY) • MaryKate Maher (Brooklyn, NY) • Mieke Marple (San Francisco, CA) • Alex Puz (Maspeth, NY) • Annesofie Sandal (Long Island City, New York) • Samuel Stabler (Brooklyn, NY) • Rachel Sydlowski (New York, NY)

"The artists we've selected have their own story and independent aesthetic and the concept of élan vital allows each of the artists to stand out on their own, while still creating an overall balance and harmony to the space."

Jurors White and Teicher

Featured images above:
Andisheh Avini, Untitled (detail), Media: Acrylic, Metal, Plastic, Plaster, 8 x 72 x 60,” 2019. | Rachel Sydlowski, Keeping Room (detail), Mixed Media, 12 x 22’, 2020. | Jessica Alazraki, Pink Donut in Pink, Media: Oil on Canvas, 42 x 52”, 2020.

Unfit For Print

On View: June 25 - August 21
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24

Unfit For Print is a dual exhibition featuring the selected works of Noah Fox and Patrick Perry. 

Fox is a Westport-born and raised artist whose Altered Books Series is generated from a deep fascination with books, typography, and the various theoretical conceptions of embodiment and identity that persist within culture at large.

 New York-based Patrick Perry’s Soft Blows Series relies on cross-stitch, foundational to the embroidery arts in his body of artwork to deconstruct derogatory homosexual epithets. 

Featured image above: Noah Fox, Page 61: Female Sex Perversion, Media: Altered Book, Watercolor, Vintage Cigarette Advert, PVA, Dimensions: 7’’x 5’’x 2”, 2013.

Love Wins

On View: June 25 - August 21
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24

Love Wins features a site-specific mural created by Staples High School student Poppy Livingstone (Westport, CT) and the teens of Westport, in support of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The exhibition is part of the Westport Pride organization’s efforts in the month of June. Westport Pride aims to create a more welcoming environment for the town’s LGBTQ+ residents.