Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Join us for our new programs like curator tours, yoga for creative minds, and art-making classes!

New Programs

Assembly 2022: Time & Attention, Installation view with Merryn Omotayo Alaka, Snatched!, 2021 (left) and Vincent Miranda, Florida Jitt (Bromeliad Golds), Florida Jitt (Bromeliad Stutter), and Florida Jitt (Bromeliad variety), all 2022.

Photo by Luke Walter.

Curator-Led Tours

Every Friday at 12pm

Curious to know more about our museum and exhibitions? Join MoCA Arlington curators Blair Murphy and Amanda Jirn-Murphy on Fridays at 12pm for free guided tours of our fall exhibitionsAssembly 2022: Time and AttentionandLex Marie: Let Them Kids Be Kids.

This program is free. Registration is not required.

The Practice: Yoga for Creative Minds

Fridays at 9am

The Practice: Yoga for Creative Mindsis a 60-minute yoga session on Friday mornings in the Tiffany Gallery where you will move your body towards a presence with your inner creative and open yourself to what inspires. After a 50-minute flowing session, you will be guided to doodle, draw, and write ­ enabling your creative mind to guide your hand in self-expression!

Participants should bring their own mat, water bottle, and notebook with writing utensil. This program is $20 per participant, per session. Registration via EventBrite at the link below.

Yoga Registration

LAST CALL! The Studio Experience: Portfolio Prep (ages 14-18)

Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm, October 20 ­ December 15, 2022

Do you have a teen interested in art school? Join Marisa Stratton, MoCA Arlington artist-in-residence, forThe Studio Experience: Portfolio Prepfor ages 14-18. Students will learn what it means to be a professional artist and how to prepare a strong portfolio for art school, college, and beyond. Students will also strengthen their technical skills and learn how to nurture their voice as an artist with personal projects. Advance registration required.

More Info & Registration

In the Galleries

Assembly 2022: Time & Attention

a national biennial

October 1 - December 18

Featured artists: Merryn Omotayo Alaka & Sam Fresquez (AZ), MyLoan Dinh (NC), Erika Lynne Hanson (AZ), Priya Suresh Kambli (MO), Cecilia Kim (VA), Vincent Miranda (FL), Kelly Taylor Mitchell (GA), Courtney Puckett (NY), Trina Michelle Robinson (CA), Mandy Cano Villalobos (MI), and Sandy Williams IV (VA)

Assembly,the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington’s biennial exhibition program, highlights the material and conceptual trends being explored by contemporary artists in the present moment.The artists inAssembly 2022: Time and Attentiondemonstrate a deep commitment to process and craft, which is channeled through materials and into research. Through these carefully considered approaches, they are creating work that speaks to the present moment in ways that feel both urgent and timeless. In what feels like a moment of ongoing, even perpetual, crisis they bring this focused approach to issues that are fundamental to contemporary American life, including questions of identity, history, immigration, place, and belonging.

The artists included inAssembly 2022: Time & Attentionwere selected through a multi-step process. Curators from peer organizations across the country were invited to nominate two artists to be considered and, from the group of nominated artists, twelve were invited to participate in the exhibition by Blair Murphy, the Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions.

Lex Marie:Let Them Kids Be Kids

October 1 - December 18

Let Them Kids Be Kidsuses the playground as a framework with which to examine the joys of Black childhood and the ways in which issues of race and equity are inscribed on the site. Employing images from her personal life to examine these ideas, Lex Marie’s newest paintings and installations address the issue of adultification bias as she makes the case that all children have a right to innocence.

For years, artist Lex Marie has used personal objects and photographs to inspire her compositions. In her newest works, Marie allows viewers to witness scenes of her son Aiden playing from infancy to the present day, in some moments beaming giddily, in other gazing pensively while on a tricycle or a swing set. The paintings incorporate objects salvaged from her son’s early childhood, including socks, superhero costumes and pajamas that serve as compositional elements, or, in the case of her newest installations, as stand-ins for unknown individuals.

In Lex Marie’s work, the personal is political. Although Marie’s perspective is specific to her, it has a universality that resonates well beyond her own experience. Marie’s depictions of her son’s childhood are a visual exploration of the joys and fears understood by anyone raising a Black male child in America.

Do you like what we do? Want to help?

We need financial support to create more partnerships and programs, to showcase more artists and exhibitions, and to inspire audiences of all ages providing engaging, memorable experiences. One of the best ways to help MoCA Arlington is to donate and show your support for the arts!


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, us @mocaarlington.

MoCA Arlington | 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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