‘Wild and woolly’ new exhibit at MOCA
“Wind Weaver and the Whirling Wheel: A Tale of Wolfbat Romance” is on exhibit through March 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
These masks will be used in a performance art piece at MOCA March 3.
This horned mask with teeth (untitled) is by artist Dennis McNett. It was used in a performance art parade down Broadway in Manhattan based on a story from Norse mythology, but with a different ending.
“Two Wolf Mural,” a screen print by Dennis McNett.
by Max Marbut

Staff Writer

The new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art combines two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art and even video, all based on a Nordic folklore creation myth with images of wolves, gods and cosmology.

“It’s a little wild and woolly. Parts are macabre. It’s also technically fabulous,” said Debra Murphy, chair of the department of art and design at the University of North Florida.

Three visiting artists, Dennis McNett, John Hancock and John Hitchcock, are featured in the exhibit and are working with UNF students of printmaking and sculpture.

The artists are supported in part by the Barbara Ritzman Devereux Workshop Grant, which each year brings artists and their work for an exhibit at the museum and interaction with art students at UNF.

Murphy said the department serves close to 400 students majoring in art at UNF and more than 1,000 for whom art is a minor subject or an elective.

She said having the museum as a cultural resource of UNF adds another element to the university’s art education program.

“It has expanded what we can do,” said Murphy.

Several classes are taught at the museum, and the faculty and students have the opportunity to exhibit their work and study the business and curatorial sides of operating an art museum.

The exhibit is also the basis for a performance art piece at MOCA March 3. Murphy said UNF visual artists have partnered with the music department for the presentation that will also feature pyrotechnic artists.

A dress rehearsal is scheduled for March 2 in Hemming Plaza during First Wednesday Art Walk.

The work in the exhibit is influenced by ancient Nordic mythology with a healthy dose of skateboarding and punk rock.

“Wind Weaver and the Whirling Wheel: A Tale of Wolfbat Romance” will be in the second-floor gallery at MOCA through March 20.

“It clearly resonates with young people. Not everybody likes ‘Wolfbat,’ but that’s healthy,” said Murphy.

“No one says you have to like it, but it’s important to take the time to try to understand what the artist is saying,” she said.

For museum hours and ticket and membership information, visit www.mocajacksonville.org or call 366-6911.



Downtown Calendar
Friday, Feb. 11

Jacksonville Landing Market

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Independent Drive and Laura Street, Info: 353-1188

$5 Friday

10 a.m.-8 p.m., Museum of Science & History, Info: 396-MOSH or www.themosh.org

Bartram Trail High School Dance Troupe

7 p.m., The Landing, Info: 353-1188

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: “Valentine’s Romance”

8 p.m., Times-Union Center, Tickets: 354-5547 or www.jaxsymphony.org

Saturday, Feb. 12

33rd Annual Model Train and Railroad Artifact Show & Sale

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Osborn Center, Tickets: 630-4000

The 26.2 with Donna Health and Fitness Expo

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Osborn Center, Info: 630-4000

Riverside Farmers Market

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Northbank Riverwalk Artists Square, Info: www.riversideartsmarket.com

“Bella Luna” Dessert Under the Stars

7-10 p.m., Museum of Science & History, Tickets: 396-MOSH or www.themosh.org

“Extravaganza”: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Student Talent Showcase

7:30 p.m., Times-Union Center, Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

PBR Professional Bull Riding

7:30 p.m., The Arena, Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: “Valentine’s Romance”

8 p.m., Times-Union Center, Tickets: 354-5547 or www.jaxsymphony.org

26.2 with Donna Celebration

8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Landing, Info: 353-1188

Rachelle Ferrell

8 p.m., The Ritz Theatre, Tickets: 632-5555

Sunday, Feb. 13

Intermezzo: Free Sunday Concert

2:30 p.m., Main Library Hicks Auditorium, Info: 630-2665

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

7 p.m., Times-Union Center, Tickets: www.artistseriesjax.com

Monday, Feb. 14

WorkSource Job Seeking Services

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Library Conference Center, Info: 630-2665

Cafe Nola Valentine’s Day Dinner

6 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Art, Reservations: 366-6911 or www.mocajacksonville.org

The Boselli Foundation presents “Bo Eason’s Runt of the Litter”

7:30 p.m., Times-Union Center, Tickets: 630-6110
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