Man Up! Man Down!: Images of Masculinity from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection
Aug
22
to Jul 7

Man Up! Man Down!: Images of Masculinity from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection

The prints and drawings in this exhibition examine different perspectives of the concept of masculinity, as defined by society and history and as depicted in visual culture. These images build upon and challenge art historical traditions of portraiture and figure studies of men, who are often shown as heroic, patriarchal, aggressive, and occasionally, as objects of beauty. Included are works that question a range of stereotypical experiences and identities, such as the strong-silent type, the man-child, the chivalrous adventurer, the creative genius, and the dandy.

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Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held
Aug
22
to Jul 7

Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held

  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held is on view August 22, 2018, through July 7, 2019, in the Harnett Museum of Art, Modlin Center Booth Lobby. American artist Al Held (1928-2005) came to prominence in the 1950s as an Abstract Expressionist. In the 1960s, his gestural painting moved towards a more geometrical and hard-edged approach in his abstraction. The India ink drawings in the exhibition are from this transitional period, still very calligraphic and expressive. His paintings at this time became more concrete, including a series referred to as his “alphabet paintings” where the space and forms explode beyond the canvas edge, hardly recognizable as letterforms. These works led to his well-known geometric abstract paintings that defy their flatness through large-scale compositions with complex cubical perspectives.

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The Human Comedy: Prints and Drawings by Isabel Bishop
Sep
14
to Apr 19

The Human Comedy: Prints and Drawings by Isabel Bishop

  • Harnett Print Study Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Isabel Bishop (American, 1902-1988) arrived in New York in 1918 hoping to become an illustrator, but the energy and spirit of the city inspired her to create art based on her experience there. As part of the Fourteenth Street School, she continued the earlier Ashcan School tradition of realistically portraying everyday life. Over the course of her career, Bishop’s interest shifted from workday social interactions to more abstracted scenes of New Yorkers moving about on the streets and in the subways. The prints and drawings in this exhibition, selected from the permanent collection of the Harnett Print Study Center, represent different stages of the artist’s creative career.

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Provocations: Rashid Johnson
Oct
17
to Jul 7

Provocations: Rashid Johnson

  • Institute for Contemporary Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

To launch the ICA’s annual commission series, Provocations, artist Rashid Johnson (b. 1977) will create a new, large-scale work that responds to the soaring, light-filled expanse of the ICA’s top-floor exhibition space, the True Farr Luck Gallery.

Known for conceptual multimedia work that re-envisions African American intellectual and cultural history, Johnson’s site-specific installation for the ICA will center on a pyramid-like tower. Continuing motifs from recent projects, Johnson will fill a custom-built steel structure with a selection of plants, artifacts, shea-butter sculptures, books, textiles, and video. The work will encourage both exploration and contemplation—visitors will be able to walk through the piece, immersing themselves in details or lingering within seating areas designed as part of the work. Zones within the sculpture will be activated by the ICA through a regular series of intimate, live performances in which musicians, poets, and others will respond to Johnson’s work.

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Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia
Oct
27
to Apr 14

Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia

  • Virginia Museum of History and Culture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With over 100 murals, Richmond’s vibrant street art scene is a visual reminder of the city’s history, modernity, and diversity of cultures. This unprecedented exhibition explores the power of murals to encourage reflection on Virginia’s past by inviting artists to produce works inspired by one or more historical items from the museum’s collection, and in so doing examine our present and inspire us to think about ways we can shape the future. 



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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse
Nov
1
to Apr 28

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

In the Hirshhorn’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date, three major installations from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse series will come together for the artist’s DC debut. A Mexican Canadian artist known for straddling the line between art, technology, and design, Lozano-Hemmer will fill the Museum’s entire Second Level with immersive environments that use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. Over the course of six months, Pulse will animate the vital signs of hundreds of thousands of participants.

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Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Nov
4
to Aug 18

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

  • National Portrait Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drawing primarily from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, this exhibition will explore how American artists have chosen to portray themselves since the beginning of the last century. As people are confronted each day with “selfies” via social media and as they continue to examine the fluidity of contemporary identity, this is an opportune time to reassess the significance of self-portraiture in relation to the country’s history and culture. The exhibition will feature more than 75 works by artists such as Josef Albers, Patricia Cronin, Imogen Cunningham, Elaine de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Joan Jonas, Jacob Lawrence, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Diego Rivera, Lucas Samaras, Fritz Scholder, Roger Shimomura, Shahzia Sikander and Martin Wong. “Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today” is curated by Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, National Portrait Gallery.

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Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers
Jan
17
to May 10

Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers

  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 16th, 7-8pm

Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers, a new exhibition organized by University of Richmond Museums, pairs oral histories with photographic portraits of 30 Richmond residents whose lives were altered by their experiences as children and youth during the civil rights movement.

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The Art of Freedom
Jan
19
to May 19

The Art of Freedom

  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There are many ways to convey the meaning of freedom. This exhibition explores freedom through the eyes of Virginia-born and Virginia-based artists. And as you will see, these works of art evoke sentiments of joy, sadness, hope, anticipation, and much more. “The Art of Freedom” offers original perspectives, intellectual stimulation, and personal enjoyment. The artists communicate their message of freedom through various mediums including sculpture, acrylics, pastels, photographs, fabrics, jewelry, and pottery.

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Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection
Feb
2
to May 5

Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrating one of the most remarkable and “modern” artists of the Baroque period, VMFA presents "Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection," an ambitious works on paper exhibition that will be on display in the Evans Court Exhibition Gallery. The exhibition of more than 200 works by this 17th-century master printmaker is drawn exclusively from the Frank Raysor Collection, a promised gift to VMFA. Raysor’s collection of nearly 2,500 prints and drawings by Wenceslaus Hollar rivals those held by the British Museum and the Queen’s Collection in London as well as the National Gallery in Prague and the Fischer Library at the University of Toronto.

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 Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion
Feb
14
to Dec 1

Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion

Following Monumental: Richmond’s Monuments (1607-2018), the Valentine hosts a follow-up exhibition entitled Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion. The Storefront for Community Design and the mObstudiO at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts invited teams of planners, architects, designers, artists and individuals to participate in a national design competition to conceptually re-imagine Monument Avenue and contribute to this important dialogue about race, memory, the urban landscape and public art.

When Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Monument Avenue Commission submitted its recommendations for the future of the city’s Confederate statues, it noted a program initiated by the VCUarts mObstudiO and Storefront for Community Design. The community partners received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to imagine possibilities for the 5.4-mile street, and are currently hosting an international competition, Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion, to generate ideas from architects, planners, designers, independent artists and individuals.

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The Afterlife of Jim Crow
Feb
15
to Mar 23

The Afterlife of Jim Crow

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 15th, 6-8pm

1708 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "The Afterlife of Jim Crow", a multifaceted exhibition of photography, historical research, and volunteer programming. "The Afterlife of Jim Crow" explores the restoration of East End Cemetery through the journalism, activism, and artistic perspective of Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer.

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Dialogues: Irena Haiduk + Martine Syms
Feb
16
to May 12

Dialogues: Irena Haiduk + Martine Syms

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the inaugural exhibition of the ICA’s annual Dialogues series, artists Irena Haiduk (b. 1982, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) and Martine Syms (b. 1988 Los Angeles, USA) will produce new projects for the ICA, titled respectively Tableau Économique and Shame Space. These projects extend Haiduk’s and Syms’ investment in economy and entrepreneurship through ICA-commissioned installations that invite active participation from audience members. Inspired by the architecture of the ICA’s Markel Center, the Dialogues series pairs two artists to activate the distinctive “V” shape of the second-floor galleries. Each artist will occupy their own space, but the series invites participants to consider overlap, resonance, and difference between their practices. 

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Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It
Feb
16
to May 5

Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This solo exhibition of film, video, and sculpture by filmmaker and artist Cauleen Smith (b. 1967) will fill the ICA’s Beverly W. Reynolds Gallery and reach into the adjacent Royall Forum with an overlapping series of immersive installations. Taking its title from a revision of the threat “take it or leave it,” Give It or Leave It cultivates a spirit of generosity, hospitality, and selflessness, and proposes a new rule for a better world: creating something, offering it, and gifting it, regardless of recognition, acceptance, or rejection.

Establishing the thematic core of the exhibition are two new films—“Pilgrim” (2017) and “Sojourner” (2018)—that navigate four distinct universes: musician Alice Coltrane (1937–2007) and her ashram; a 1966 photo shoot by Bill Ray at the Watts Towers; Noah Purifoy (1917–2004) and his desert assemblages; and black spiritualist Rebecca Cox Jackson (1795–1871) and her Shaker community. For Smith, each of these sites embodies an act of creativity and radical generosity rooted in current events and social communities, allowing her to reimagine a future that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive.

Give It or Leave It places these films in conversation with thematically related projects. These include “Two Rebeccas” (2018), in which footage projected onto an assemblage of disco balls fractures across an expanse of shag carpet and artist-designed wallpaper, and “Epistrophe” (2018), in which multi-channel projections of dreamlike landscapes are generated by closed-circuit cameras trained on an elaborate table-top tableau. Smith also will intervene directly in the Markel Center’s architecture with a new site-specific application of colored film gels to exterior windows, which will temporarily bring new hues to the building’s facade and create shifting pools of color within interior spaces as light moves across the building.

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Pop América, 1965-1975
Feb
21
to Jul 21

Pop América, 1965-1975

  • Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Despite the wide appeal of Pop art’s engaging imagery, the broader public remains unaware of the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists working at the same time and alongside their U.S. and European counterparts. The Nasher Museum presents Pop América, 1965-1975, the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop. The exhibition will make a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period.

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Blues: Molly Anne Bishop + Joe Kraft
Feb
21
to Mar 31

Blues: Molly Anne Bishop + Joe Kraft

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 21st, 5-8pm

“Blues” is a self-imposed restraint, a way of feeling and the result of friends working in a studio together. Artists Molly Anne Bishop and Joe Kraft chose to use blue as their primary palette to create visual cohesion between their different bodies of work. This limit was, in fact, a permission to dive deep into the exploration of a color. They spent a lot of studio time talking about the sensitivity of blue; this show is a result of those conversations.

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sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies.
Feb
22
to Aug 7

sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies.

  • Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood.

sometimes.we.cannot.be.with.our.bodies. is an immersive installation of sculpture and sound that originated at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, in 2017, and is being reimagined in The Fralin. In the artist’s own words, “this work is a dimensional living reckoning. the living reckoning is bold,erruptive,disruptive work against systems & pathologies that oppress & subvert overt & covert violence onto & into the lives & humanity of marginalized people on this land.” 

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Will Berry: Color - Caste - Denomination
Feb
22
to Mar 30

Will Berry: Color - Caste - Denomination

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22nd, 6-8PM

New work by Will Berry. An identification with the history of the Americas brings Berry again and again to an investigation of mestizaje, the cultural and racial confrontation and blending that produced the current hybrid cultures of Indigenous, European, and African peoples throughout the Americas, a history of mixed blood, a new people.

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Fiona Ross: Fractal Eclipse + Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern
Feb
22
to Mar 30

Fiona Ross: Fractal Eclipse + Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22nd, 6-8PM

The Fractal Eclipse series is inspired by an eclipse and by celestial globes, spheres and ring dials. These intricate mechanisms, created to predict and make tangible our relationship to sun and planets, form an intimate physical and metaphysical link between the objects and the infinite reaches of space.

The series Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern draws inspiration from the occurrence of pattern dislocations, or imperfections, that spontaneously arise and evolve in nature. These imperfect patterns, visible everywhere from fingerprints to crystalline structures, emerge and evolve spontaneously, causing significant and exciting changes in patterns.

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Transposition
Feb
22
to Apr 19

Transposition

Presented by Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery at the Highpoint

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22, 6 – 9 PM

Transposition is a collection of pieces put together in conjunction with Landmark Arts & Cultural Exchange, an American group that helps coordinate opportunities for important contemporary arts and artists to travel between countries and facilitates for meaningful cultural exchange.


The Transposition works display this freedom, featuring an array of subjects, moods, and methods, from landscapes to figures, the deeply personal to the cautiously socio-political, and the serious and contemplative to the whimsical and ironic, all presented in varying degrees of realism and abstraction. Working in oils, the artists maintain a conscious connection to Chinese ink painting traditions while utilizing modes familiar in Western art such as naturalism, expressionism, and surrealism.

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Patrick Berran: In Sunshine
Feb
22
to Apr 5

Patrick Berran: In Sunshine

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22nd, 7-9pm

In his first solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Patrick Berran presents a group of acrylic paintings on panel and several works on paper. With In Sunshine, Berran explores fresh territory through his provocative and experimental techniques, creating works with layered “screens” of color and pattern rendered in acrylic paint and toner. His compositions transport viewers into a realm where space, texture, and opacity are not always what they seem, and intense colors seem to radiate from even the most matte of surfaces.

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Carlton Newton: Drawings for Sculpture
Feb
22
to Apr 5

Carlton Newton: Drawings for Sculpture

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22nd, 7-9pm

Carlton Newton is a celebrated artist and retired educator, known most for his series of thought- provoking sculptures and works on paper. His work has been widely exhibited at important venues throughout the United States and abroad, including the New Museum in New York City and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

In his third solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Newton presents a series of Sumi ink drawings on paper, alongside sculptures constructed from stainless steel wire. Within his recent drawings, Newton depicts precise forms in black ink. The subjects of these works feel at once organic and manufactured, clearly harboring a connection to the artist’s study of both nature and technology. As the title of this newest exhibition suggests, the drawings exist as both unique works of art and a testing ground for the development of their three-dimensional counterparts.

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Paul Thulin: Pine Tree Ballads
Feb
28
to Apr 5

Paul Thulin: Pine Tree Ballads

  • Candela Books and Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ARTIST TALK + BOOK SIGNING
Thursday, February 28th, from 5 – 8 pm

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, March 1st, from 5 – 9 pm

Pine Tree Ballads is a poetic memoir, featuring the artist’s daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother as a single protean character (or multiple characters?) vibrating in time, navigating the mysteries and menace of a shared ancestral forest. This deeply personal photographic sequence is part visual narrative of family myths and part origin story. Pine Tree Ballads is fueled by both truth and imagination, which, in many instances are the fundamental ingredients of our personal history. The “docu-literary” structure of this monograph celebrates and fully exploits the duplicitous nature of photography/text to be simultaneously interpreted as both fact and fiction. At the surface, this project explores the emotive, contextual, and material constructs of history, culture, personal identity, memory, and folklore.

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Sowing Seeds
Mar
8
to Apr 19

Sowing Seeds

  • Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Curated by Katie Shaw, Sowing Seeds features the work of Lora Beldon, Lisa and J. Alan Cumbey, Brooke Inman, and Aaron McIntosh. It is an exhibition that focuses on artists who transform personal life experiences into inclusive, educational and community based projects.

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The Afterlife of Jim Crow: Artist Talk with Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

The Afterlife of Jim Crow: Artist Talk with Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer

Join 1708 Gallery for a conversation with Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer about their ongoing work at the East End Cemetery and how their photo-journalistic practice developed into their current exhibition The Afterlife of Jim Crow.

This exhibition opens a window into the Palmers' years-long preservation project at East End Cemetery. Photography, historical research, and journalism are brought together into a creative and artistic practice. The Palmers’ images communicate the personal, tactile, and unexpected details made visible by the act of reclamation. In addition, this exhibition presents the growing online archive devoted to East End—the individuals buried there, the community they created, and the context in which they lived.

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VCUarts Market
Mar
22
4:00 PM16:00

VCUarts Market

The VCUarts Market will feature the work of School of the Arts students, alumni, faculty and staff for sale to the general public. This is an excellent opportunity to support young, emerging artists within the Richmond community who have been working with VCUarts faculty and area artists to hone in their craft. In addition to student artists, local vendors such as Studio 23, Rikrack, Jen Paxton, Jacob Eveland, Amelia Langford, Little Nomad, Dashiell Kirk and more will be participating.
Off-street parking is available across the street in the Broad St Parking Deck (1100 W Broad St). This event is free.

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Adam Manley Artist Talk
Mar
25
12:30 PM12:30

Adam Manley Artist Talk

Please join the department of Craft + Material Studies at VCU for a Visiting Artist lecture with Adam Manley. Manley, the son of a carpenter/boat builder and weaver makes work that explores the relationship between people, places, and objects. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, and The Oceanside Museum. Manley is an Assistant Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at San Diego State University.

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Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom
Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The "Art of Freedom" gives us an opportunity to hear from some of Virginia's finest! The community is invited for engaging, interactive, and enlightening conversations with some of the artists featured in this thought provoking exhibition. Gain a deeper understanding of their interpretation of freedom while taking an introspective look at your own feelings and beliefs about of freedom.

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Gallery Talk: Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Gallery Talk: Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers

Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers, a new exhibition organized by University of Richmond Museums, pairs oral histories with photographic portraits of 30 Richmond residents whose lives were altered by their experiences as children and youth during the civil rights movement.

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VCU MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Apr
5
to May 11

VCU MFA Thesis Exhibitions

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is a signature event in the VCUarts annual student exhibition calendar. As in years past, the 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition will showcase ambitious and challenging works by some of the most talented emerging artists and professionals in the country. Participating Departments include Craft and Material Studies; Graphic Design; Kinetic Imaging; Painting and Printmaking; Photography and Film; Sculpture + Extended Media. Round one runs Apr. 5 – Apr. 18, 2019 (opening reception Apr. 5 from 5–9pm), Round two runs Apr. 26 – May 11, 2019 (opening reception Apr. 26 from 5–9pm).

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33rd Annual Collectors' Night, Presented by Dominion Energy
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

33rd Annual Collectors' Night, Presented by Dominion Energy

Join the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on March 16th for its 33rd annual Collectors’ Night art auction. This year’s event celebrates printmaking and the new Vivian Keasler Letterpress + Book Arts studio as well as the new Dominion Energy studios on West Main Street. Buy tickets at visarts.org/events/collector’s-night and support your community art center!



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Within Reach Art Auction
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Within Reach Art Auction

Approximately 60 works of art from leading regional artists will be on the auction block to raise funds for Richmond's artspace as the non-profit gallery launches its 31st year serving the artists and art-loving communities of Central Virginia. The auction will fill the gallery with works from the region's top painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, mixed-media artists and others. Silent auction bidding begins at the opening reception on Friday, February 22nd, 6:00-9:00 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public. Free parking in the lot at E 4th St and Hull St. 



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Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The "Art of Freedom" gives us an opportunity to hear from some of Virginia's finest! The community is invited for engaging, interactive, and enlightening conversations with some of the artists featured in this thought provoking exhibition. Gain a deeper understanding of their interpretation of freedom while taking an introspective look at your own feelings and beliefs about of freedom.

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Laurie Carnohan: Converge
Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Laurie Carnohan: Converge

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 28th, 5-8pm

"Converge” is an incomplete survey of worlds colliding; simple discoveries gleaned from the environment; a grey misty day, leaves aflutter in the street, both graffiti and vine on the side of a building, or ripples in a puddle. Laurie Carnohan collects, constructs and hand-prints images created years ago or perhaps a few days ago. Fragments, remnants, memories and moments are layered, captured and encapsulated by printmaking.

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Black is the Color
Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

Black is the Color

Leslie Cheek Theater. Free (tickets required)

This recent film is a comprehensive survey of great work by African American artists who for so long encountered barriers in the mainstream art world. In it, key artists such as Edmonia Lewis, Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher, and Jean-Michel Basquiat are highlighted. Art historians and gallery owners place the works in context—juxtaposing them with racist images of African Americans and setting them against the larger social contexts of Jim Crow, WWI, the civil rights movement, and ingrained racism. As well, contemporary artists discuss their influences.

"Black is the Color" (2016; 52 min)

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Gallery Talk: Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Gallery Talk: Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers

  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers, a new exhibition organized by University of Richmond Museums, pairs oral histories with photographic portraits of 30 Richmond residents whose lives were altered by their experiences as children and youth during the civil rights movement.

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Q and A with Martin Johnson: LOOK SEE AWE SUM
Feb
23
11:30 AM11:30

Q and A with Martin Johnson: LOOK SEE AWE SUM

Martin Johnson’s process includes creating multiple works at the same time, and he has built a mighty inventory since his last Richmond exhibit at the Visual Arts Center in 2011. Johnson’s uninhibited process allows him to be more of a witness; reacting when intuition nudges him forward after deciding how to to make his sculptures and paintings structurally sound. The exhibit itself is a metaphor for art exhibits in general. Floating heads will mimic a community of patrons attending an opening. On the floor and suspended from the ceiling will be structures derived from some of the same material as the heads; wire, string, sticks and paint which is then formed into seemingly weightless structures like clouds, crystals, branches and fantastical models of buildings. Patrons, metaphorical and actual, might be awestruck, as the title of the exhibit cheekily suggests.

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VCU Graduate Open Studios
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

VCU Graduate Open Studios

  • Fine Arts Building + Pollak Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Graduate Open Studios offers the public a chance to see work by graduate students in the departments of Craft + Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Interior Design, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, Sculpture + Extended Media and Visual Communications. 

Fine Arts Building, 1000 W Broad Street
+
Pollak Building, 325 N Harrison Street

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National African American Read-In
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

National African American Read-In

Literature and fine art come together in African American Read-In at VMFA. See and hear notable figures from the greater Richmond community as they lend their voices in prose and poetry readings throughout the galleries. This year’s readers include VMFA Board of Trustees President Dr. Monroe Harris Jr. In this powerful display of storytelling, experience evocative and poignant pairings of works by African American artists and authors.

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National African American Read-In
Feb
21
11:00 AM11:00

National African American Read-In

Literature and fine art come together in African American Read-In at VMFA. See and hear notable figures from the greater Richmond community as they lend their voices in prose and poetry readings throughout the galleries. This year’s readers include VMFA Board of Trustees President Dr. Monroe Harris Jr. In this powerful display of storytelling, experience evocative and poignant pairings of works by African American artists and authors.

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Black is the Color
Feb
19
1:00 PM13:00

Black is the Color

Leslie Cheek Theater. Free (tickets required)

This recent film is a comprehensive survey of great work by African American artists who for so long encountered barriers in the mainstream art world. In it, key artists such as Edmonia Lewis, Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher, and Jean-Michel Basquiat are highlighted. Art historians and gallery owners place the works in context—juxtaposing them with racist images of African Americans and setting them against the larger social contexts of Jim Crow, WWI, the civil rights movement, and ingrained racism. As well, contemporary artists discuss their influences.

"Black is the Color" (2016; 52 min)

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Tour Topic Tour: Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Tour Topic Tour: Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join exhibition curator Anthony Elms, Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, for an in-depth tour of Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It. In this exhibition, Smith has been especially concerned with sites that embody historical speculation and radical generosity, and thus offer antidotes to a pervasively perceived hopelessness in American society.

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ART STYLE DESIGN Richmond
Feb
16
to Feb 17

ART STYLE DESIGN Richmond

ART STYLE DESIGN Richmond is an annual curated exhibition and sale celebrating 20th and 21st century art, furniture and decorative arts featuring some of Central Virginia’s most influential gallerists, designers and dealers. The mission is to present a platform where collectors can discover, explore and acquire quality art and design.

ART STYLE DESIGN Richmond launches on February 16th and 17th, 2019 at The Highpoint, 3300 West Broad Street in Richmond. This carefully renovated 1939 Art Moderne building provides the perfect gallery setting for our inaugural event. Exhibitors include: Geraldine Duskin Design, Maurice Beane Art & Design, Eric Schindler Gallery / Kirsten Gray & Ramzi Hossaini, Dust Home Furnishings / Derrick McElhaney, Vernon & Harriet Jones, Bart Schultz Modern Objects, Mid-Century Modern And-Teaks / Darren Deforge & Marty Randall, Sanford Kogan, Lewis Trimble Decorative Arts, Sally Ramert / Metro Modern, Rod Ganser, and Kim Smith.

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Opening Reception: The Afterlife of Jim Crow
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: The Afterlife of Jim Crow

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 15th, 6-8pm

1708 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "The Afterlife of Jim Crow", a multifaceted exhibition of photography, historical research, and volunteer programming. "The Afterlife of Jim Crow" explores the restoration of East End Cemetery through the journalism, activism, and artistic perspective of Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer.

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Opening Reception: VCU Art History Student Curated Shows
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: VCU Art History Student Curated Shows

Join The Anderson for 3 exhibitions, each curated by a group of VCU Art History students. The first, Mature Fruitbody, lives in the gallery and on @acidicsoil through a collection of readings, resources, and an archival livestream of chickies in their hobbit dream house. The second, fekit, explores the democratizing power of pedagogy in art practice. and the third, Thresholds, examines the link between intimacy, social reality and miscommunication.

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Black is the Color
Feb
12
1:00 PM13:00

Black is the Color

Leslie Cheek Theater. Free (tickets required)

This recent film is a comprehensive survey of great work by African American artists who for so long encountered barriers in the mainstream art world. In it, key artists such as Edmonia Lewis, Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher, and Jean-Michel Basquiat are highlighted. Art historians and gallery owners place the works in context—juxtaposing them with racist images of African Americans and setting them against the larger social contexts of Jim Crow, WWI, the civil rights movement, and ingrained racism. As well, contemporary artists discuss their influences.

"Black is the Color" (2016; 52 min)

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Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

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The "Art of Freedom" gives us an opportunity to hear from some of Virginia's finest! The community is invited for engaging, interactive, and enlightening conversations with some of the artists featured in this thought provoking exhibition. Gain a deeper understanding of their interpretation of freedom while taking an introspective look at your own feelings and beliefs about of freedom.

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Artist Talk with Glenn Ligon
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Talk with Glenn Ligon

New York–based artist Glenn Ligon will discuss his art and practice, which has pursued critical perspectives of American history since the 1980s. This talk will highlight A Small Band, which is one of VMFA’s recent acquisitions and is currently on view in the Cochrane Atrium.

$8 ($5 VMFA members), Leslie Cheek Theater

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OPEN STUDIO SUNDAY: Public Art Project with Hamilton Glass
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

OPEN STUDIO SUNDAY: Public Art Project with Hamilton Glass

Free, no tickets required, WestRock Art Education Center 

Richmond artist @hamglass is bringing one of his signature mural painting events to VMFA. The project offers the community a chance to come together and celebrate local African American leaders and organizations.⠀

For this project, Glass will design a portable mural on eight four by four feet panels. Each panel will highlight a community leader. Glass has led these public painting events many times since 2012; his process allows volunteers to participate by filling in details of the mural under his guidance. On January 21 and February 3, individuals can come to the museum’s Art Education Center to work on the mural. ⠀

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Cabin Fever
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Cabin Fever

CABIN FEVER is 1708 Gallery’s Annual Art Auction. The annual art auction provides significant support for 1708's exhibitions and programs. Join the party and bid on artwork by the region's best emerging and established artists! CABIN FEVER will include Live and Silent Art Auctions with works by an outstanding group of artists. The Live Auction artwork will be on view at 1708 Gallery from Tuesday, January 25 through the night of the auction on Saturday, February 2. The Silent Auction artwork will be displayed in the beautiful space next door at our neighbors, Black Iris and can be viewed by appointment prior to the auction.

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Surface Tension, Surface Tenses by Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman
Feb
1
to Mar 1

Surface Tension, Surface Tenses by Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman

The Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) student-centric exhibition and performance space, is pleased to present “Surface Tension, Surface Tenses” a collaborative exhibition by Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman. The artists present works which react to a sense of contrasting forces: structure and wildness. Using the built environment (Ever- ett) and natural landscapes (Beeferman) as points of departure, both artists make additive disruptions to their photographic images as a means for prolonging observation and creating new understandings. Through layering,reordering, and digital mark-making, the artists work toward their own states of “unresolve,” embracing flatnessand complexity all at once.

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Martin Johnson: LOOK SEE AWE SUM
Feb
1
to Feb 26

Martin Johnson: LOOK SEE AWE SUM

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 6-8pm

Martin Johnson’s process includes creating multiple works at the same time, and he has built a mighty inventory since his last Richmond exhibit at the Visual Arts Center in 2011. Johnson’s uninhibited process allows him to be more of a witness; reacting when intuition nudges him forward after deciding how to to make his sculptures and paintings structurally sound. The exhibit itself is a metaphor for art exhibits in general. Floating heads will mimic a community of patrons attending an opening. On the floor and suspended from the ceiling will be structures derived from some of the same material as the heads; wire, string, sticks and paint which is then formed into seemingly weightless structures like clouds, crystals, branches and fantastical models of buildings. Patrons, metaphorical and actual, might be awestruck, as the title of the exhibit cheekily suggests.

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Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman: Surface Tension, Surface Tenses
Feb
1
to Mar 1

Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman: Surface Tension, Surface Tenses

The Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) student-centric exhibition and performance space, is pleased to present “Surface Tension, Surface Tenses” a collaborative exhibition by Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman. The artists present works which react to a sense of contrasting forces: structure and wildness. Using the built environment (Ever- ett) and natural landscapes (Beeferman) as points of departure, both artists make additive disruptions to their photographic images as a means for prolonging observation and creating new understandings. Through layering,reordering, and digital mark-making, the artists work toward their own states of “unresolve,” embracing flatnessand complexity all at once.

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Milk River Arts: These Are My Friends and They Remain With Me Forever
Feb
1
to Feb 23

Milk River Arts: These Are My Friends and They Remain With Me Forever

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 7:00PM, music starts at 8:00PM with SPORTS BAR, The Wimps, Bad Magic and Kenneka Cook

Milk River Arts is a creative community where the exchange between artists with and without special needs inspires personal and professional growth. This show will feature work by Milk River artists with a thematic focus on friendship, relationships and how we enrich each other's lives. A participatory, interactive art installation designed by Milk River artists and mentors will rethink how we celebrate love during the month of February.

WORKSHOPS FOR EVERYONE February 4 and 5 from 2:00 - 4:00PM: each day BARRY & LILY LAMBERTA of ALL THE SAINTS THEATER COMPANY will facilitate printing, sewing workshops to create objects for our GIANT PARADE!

VALIDATION DAY PARADE: Thursday, February 14, 1:30 - 3:00PM, starting and ending at GALLERY 5

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Photo Night - January - Featuring Justin Chesney & Kip Dawkins Photography
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Photo Night - January - Featuring Justin Chesney & Kip Dawkins Photography

The goal of the Photo Night at Mobelux events is to inspire and grow the Richmond Photography Community—anyone with a talent or interest in photography is welcome to join and share the event. Doors open at 6pm, presentations start at 6:30 and run for approximately 30 minutes each, plus Q&A. With any remaining time there is a chance to talk further with your peers and presenters.

Justin Chesney began his photographic career working around the restaurant industry where he honed a unique ability to capture vibrant images with attention to fine details and dynamic composition. These days he enjoys collaborating with commercial clients of all varieties on their brand or product campaigns and moonlighting for media outlets covering the intersections of food, design and culture.

Kip Dawkins is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Richmond, VA. For the last 30+ years he has refined his craft, using light, angles, styling and the latest technology. He is inspired by the range of light in nature and considers light to be the single most important aspect of photography. From advertising and interiors to people and industry, Kip uses his experience and expertise to capture the essence of the subject he is photographing.

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JARED CLARK : NEW WORK 
Jan
31
to Feb 23

JARED CLARK : NEW WORK 

PREVIEW: Thursday, January 31, 6-8 pm 
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 7 - 9 pm

Jared Clark, a Utah native who received his MFA from VCU in 2007, returns to Richmond with his latest ADA exhibit. Through his latest “kitschbilds,” assemblages of thrift-store and other found objects together with colorful resin, Clark carries on his lifelong obsession with rummage-sale detritus and continues to blur the line between painting and sculpture. In addition to providing the canvas for his arresting palette, the kitschbilds showcase Clark’s talent for diving headfirst into chaos, creating still more chaos, then bringing order out of it. Be they dense collections of kitschy sculptures or elegant, monochrome pieces of resin, Clark’s bilds suggest the infinite ways in which everyday objects can be reconfigured, re-contextualized, and reimagined.

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