Two new exhibitions — “Sixties MOD” and “Through the Lens of Icons: Revisiting the 1960s” — open with a Jan 18 reception at MoCA Westport.

WESTPORT — Exhibits showcasing artwork dating to the founding of the town’s art collection in the 1960s and that era’s influence on today’s young artists will open Jan. 18 at MoCA Westport.

“Sixties MOD,” a tribute to works in the 60-year-old Westport Public Art Collections, and “Through the Lens of Icons: Revisiting the 1960s,” MoCA’s annual exhibit of work by high school artist, both open with a reception set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the museum, 19 Newtown Turnpike. Both exhibits run through early March.

To register to attend the reception, click here. General admission is $10; no charge for MoCA members.

“Sixties MOD,” organized in collaboration with the Westport Public Art Collections, features work by nearly 60 artists. The collections’ origins date to 1965 when artist and educator Burt Chernow began to gather “outstanding examples of original art,” most donated by local artists, to be displayed in the town’s schools and other municipal buildings.

From initial holdings of about 100 objects, WestPAC’s inventory now includes almost 2,000 artworks by global and regional artists.

Among the works on display are those by artists of the 1960s, “many of whom became increasingly socially engaged, pushed the boundaries of form, subject matter, medium and genre,” according to a publicity release for the exhibit.

The companion exhibit, “Through the Lens of Icons: Revisiting the Sixties,” features high school students’ work interpreting images and icons from the 1960s era in a range of media, including painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and digital.

For more information, call MoCA Westport at 203-222-7070.