On view are Chinese textiles from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), circa late nineteenth century-early twentieth century, and includes a range of silk objects: robes, rank badges, clothing, panels, and children’s apparel.
Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. The thriving temporary metropolis known as Burning Man is a hotbed of artistic ingenuity, driving innovation through its principles of radical self-expression, decommodification, communal participation, and reverence for the handmade. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man remains one of the most influential phenomenons in contemporary American art and culture.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.
Origami in the Garden is an exhibition of larger-than-life outdoor sculpture inspired by the art of paper folding. Santa Fe artist Kevin Box collaborates with his wife, Jennifer Box and origami masters Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander to celebrate the art of origami in museum quality sculpture and educational programming.
In the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, view 16 vignettes, featuring 21 sculptures. In the Library, explore four unfolded wall hangings displayed with the four corresponding folded origami pieces.
Lynchburg folk artist and Amherst County native Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall (1887 – 1980) began painting at the age of 62. Her meticulously detailed paintings document life in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and record the endless, life-sustaining chores of a country farm; joys of family at home, work, and prayer; and customs and events of her community. Stovall’s work depicts the daily activities of rural Virginians including imagery of her African American neighbors and earned her the titles of “Grandma Moses of Virginia” and a “southern memory painter.” She is one of the American folk painters whose work is an invaluable visual history of a way of life that, because of social and economic changes, no longer exists.
Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen is a mid-career survey, the first exhibition to present Paglen’s early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects and new work with AI. It carries on the long history of programs by the Smithsonian American Art Museum examining America’s changing relationship to the landscape. With this presentation, SAAM is contributing to the important and ongoing conversation about privacy and surveillance in contemporary society.
Since Christopher Newport’s expedition planted a cross on the banks of the James River in 1607, Richmonders have marked the landscape to reflect their collective values. Monumental will look at the historical context of public monuments in Richmond, and the Valentine is excited to build on its role as a space to engage in meaningful, sometimes uncomfortable discussions about what we have chosen to commemorate and what we have chosen to forget.
Drawn from the National Gallery of Art’s collection of prints and drawings, Sense of Humor celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics. The exhibition includes major works by Pieter Breughel the Elder, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco de Goya, and Honoré Daumier, as well as later examples by Alexander Calder, Red Grooms, Saul Steinberg, Art Spiegelman, and the Guerrilla Girls.
Ezra Wube: Tales of Home presents a group of five stop-motion animation videos of New York-based, Ethiopian artist Ezra Wube. The shorts feature vignettes about urban life in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and visual depictions of Ethiopian oral folktales. The artist uses a range of material, including paint, paper cut-outs, seeds, plants, and photography, to create intriguing films highlighting daily life in Ethiopia’s largest city and fantastical, oral folk tales from the artist’s youth.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, August 9, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Sophie Treppendahl's newest solo show, Skinnydip Daydreams And A Striped Shirt, opens in Quirk's Pink Gallery on Thursday, August 9 and continues through October 14.
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.
The exhibition presents more than 120 photographs by Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958). Ranging in date from 1903 to 1946, the exhibition includes his earliest photographs with later works from his career, demonstrating similarities as well as refinement in subject matter, style, and aesthetic exploration. Comparing Weston’s photographs created when he was a teenager through his early 20s with his later masterworks, it demonstrates the evolution of his singular vision, finding essential forms in his subjects and perfecting his hallmark sense of composition.
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.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 24, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring: abstract and figurative works by Wingchow, drawings by Lauren Scavo, a showcase of work by artists from Studio Two Three, collage by Andy Harris, and works in all media by artspace Artist Members.
CLOSING ARTIST TALKS: Sunday, September 23, 2:00PM
Free and Open to the Public
The work of groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist Howardena Pindell opens this August in VMFA’s Evans Court and 21st-Century Galleries. For nearly five decades, Howardena Pindell has explored the intersection of art and activism. This exhibition looks at the arc of this artist’s career through the presentation of early and recent paintings, video art, as well as works on paper that celebrate her singular vision and its imprint on contemporary art since the 1960s.
This exhibition is the first major survey of the New York-based artist. It features early figurative paintings, her explorations into abstraction and conceptual practices, as well as personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. Sub-themes in the exhibition—such as pre-1979, memoirist, traveler, activist, and scientist—help trace themes and visual experiments that run throughout Pindell’s work up to the present.
ARTIST RECEPTION: Thursday, September 6, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Richmond-based artist, Kendra Dawn Wadsworth will exhibit her newest work in an upcoming solo exhibition at Quirk Gallery opening August 30. Extension includes recent sculpture and raku ceramics as well as recent captivating paintings. The physicality of engagement with material stimulates her process. Throwing, pouring, scraping, slapping, deconstructing, and reconstructing excites and energizes me, and propels experimentation and the search for meaning in mark and form.
Organized by Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu is a spectacular collection of Mehretu’s work in the medium of printmaking. Best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, Mehretu layers maps, urban planning grids and architectural renderings with whorls of abstract markings and bright, colorful shapes. In her catalog essay, Siri Engberg traces this visual vocabulary back to Mehretu’s graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where she first worked with intaglio printmaking and was inspired by the necessity of breaking imagery down into its component layers. Since that time, the artist has experimented with many processes including chine collé, screenprinting and lithography. Mehretu has completed collaborative projects at professional printmaking studios across the country, among them Highpoint Editions, where she produced Entropia (review) and Entropia: Construction.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Etherpaint features figurative paintings that explore the solarization and inversion effect of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor technology that occurs with a malfunctioning or tilted screen. This image distortion that is furthered in the painting process becomes a metaphor for the overexposure and colonization of black female bodies that persists in popular culture, music, and pornography.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 6, 6:00 - 8:00 PM ARTIST TALK: Saturday, October 6, 11:00 AM
1708 Gallery opens its 40th Anniversary season with Yo Bruce: Gerald Donato and Bruce Wilhelm. Curated by Bruce Wilhelm, Yo Bruce features drawings, sketches, and works on paper by Gerald Donato, one of 1708’s founding artists. This exhibition glimpses the irreverence, humor and pathos, as well as the iconography, for which Donato was known. The roguish characteristics present in these works are reminiscent of the defiant spirit that inspired these artists to form 1708 Gallery.
Also featuring works by Wilhelm, one of Donato’s cherished students, Yo Bruce also celebrates the relationships between teacher and student and highlights the significant role that arts educators and mentors have played across 1708’s history.
New York City-based artist Elissa Levy showcases her experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques that blur mediums and genres. Levy presents prints, collages and sculpture using materials ranging from fabric and leather to aluminum.
This solo exhibition, guest curated by Lauren Ross, marks the culmination of a Quirk+VisArts Artist-In-Residence Program undertaken over the course of spring and summer 2018. New work is being made by the artist in collaboration with Richmond teaching artists and fabricators, including local laser engraving studio, BIG SECRET.
David Douglas creates large-scale landscapes using a combination of photography, drawing, and painting. Pieces read as unified photographic images, but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear in the details that there’s a lot more at play. Douglas often layers dozens of photographs in each piece, blending all the different elements together by working and re-working areas with paints, varnishes, and drawing tools to create dream-like landscapes. It’s possible to get lost in the details of each piece, but take a step back and the landscape itself will transport you.
A native of Northern Virginia, David Douglas has works in numerous public, private, and corporate collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Chrysler Museum, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the Academy Art Museum. His work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Virginia and beyond.
Mary Page Evans paints her landscapes en plein air, observing and capturing not only the physical aspects of a place but the energy and atmosphere as well. She brings skies and fields alive with generous, painterly strokes of oil on canvas or gestural inks and pastels on paper. Inspired by Cezanne and Hans Hoffman, Evans “lets color determine the structure and create the space” in her works. The joy Evans experiences in the painting process and the natural world is evident in her expressionistic landscapes.
Since the early 1970s, Mary Page Evans’s work has been the focus of numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries, art museums, and universities as well as in United States Embassies around the world. Her work is in the collections of several public and corporate collections such as the DuPont Company, MBNA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALKS: Thursday, September 6, 7-9pm
Candela Gallery presents CHANNELS, featuring photographs and mixed media works by Courtney Johnson, Lisa Kokin, and Willie Anne Wright. The exhibition features three artists whose work evokes a transformative experience; each imbued with elements of salt, filament, or flora to create new forms.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7, 6 - 9 PM
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, September 8, 2 PM
Ian C. Hess’s first solo exhibition invites you to reinterpret faces of ages past by expressing the philosophies of Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi in portraiture referenced from Grecko – Roman busts adorned in modern day textures and idioms.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7th, 7-9pm
Developed through archival research by Sarah Kleinman, Art History PhD candidate at VCU, The Wonder of Life provides an unprecedented look at Pollak’s career, highlighting the artist’s groundbreaking efforts to establish a world-class art school and to transcend barriers in the art world. The timeline exhibition traces the evolution of Pollak’s art alongside the growth of Richmond’s art scene, using archival materials and ephemera to contextualize her innumerable contributions to the fine arts, academia, and Richmond’s cultural life.
As the founding faculty member of the Art Department at VCU, Pollak served as its first faculty chairperson from 1942 to 1950. After teaching for forty-one years, she retired from VCU and in 1968 and in 1971, the VCU School of the Arts building was named the Theresa Pollak Building in her honor. She exhibited in major venues across the nation, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art and Rockefeller Center in New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She received fellowships for her work from the Tiffany Foundation in Oyster Bay, Long Island; the Carnegie Fellowship for study at the Fogg Museum, Harvard University; and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7th, 7-9pm
In Distorted Horizons, Johnson presents a new series of plexiglass paintings which he covers with layers of pigmented polyurethane to create boldly colored and loosely geometric compositions. His intuitive paint application transforms the thick sheets of Plexiglas, implicating colors as light and shapes as landscapes.
Johnson was born in Columbus, Ohio where he later received his BFA from Ohio State University. He now lives in Richmond and works as an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at VCUarts, where he received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking (2003). He is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award, the Ucross Foundation Residency, Clearmont, Wyoming, and the Cite International des Arts Paris, France residency.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7th, 7-9pm
Esther Ruiz presents mixed media and neon sculptures and objects in Unearthed, her first solo exhibition at Reynolds Gallery. The Brooklyn-based sculptor reimagines futuristic landscapes through reflective, pulsating works which create a unique connection between neon tubing, cement, Plexiglas, and paint. These materials engage minimalist elements and transform their surroundings; her sci-fi-like set engages the viewer, challenging our imagination as to what could be.
Ruiz received her BFA in Studio Art from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN (2011). She is the recipient of the 2016 Artist Grant and Williamsburg Studio Lottery from SpaceWorks, and the 2014 ArtBridge Urban Modulations Public Art Installation and Award. Her work has been reviewed in publications including The Washington Post, Art News, VICE, The Wall Street Journal, The American Ceramic Society, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio (NPR).
A major highlight of the 56th Venice Biennale, Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S. debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Featuring never-before-seen artworks from the renowned series, Sean Scully: Landline presents a dramatic shift in the work of one of today’s most influential artists. With thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color, the Landline paintings show Scully’s transition away from his earlier hard-edged minimalism to his current, more expressive style, a style that no doubt elicits the beauty and brilliance of the natural world.
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.
Artist Talk: Sun. Aug 30, 4pm
House Hold, the culmination and book release celebration of a six year conversation and collaboration between Richmond artists Joan Gaustad and Michael Lease. The show includes a varied selection of Gastaud's paintings, Lease's photographs from the book, as well as objects from both of artist's homes (Jung's Red Book, birth announcements, death masks, etc).
Freshwater Saltwater Weave is a series of glass works by contemporary urban-based Arrernte artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello. Her works in hot blown glass, coldworked glass and canes are inspired by the aesthetics of Aboriginal woven forms, such as dilly bags, eel traps, fish traps and fish scoops.
As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963), this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist’s 30 year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects, and several new works on view for the first time. The exhibition also features the wide range of materials utilized by the artist from plaster to rubber, concrete, resin, and paper. Ranging in scale and effect from the monumental to the modest, Whiteread’s sculptures memorialize everyday objects, domestic interiors, and public spaces. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st. Co-organized with Tate Britain, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by the exhibition’s curators, an interview with the artist, and additional scholarly essays.
Lecture by Kamrooz Aram (b. 1978, Shiraz, Iran), an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Aram received a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, in 2001, and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 2003. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions including: FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2018); Ancient Blue Ornament, The Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2018); Ornament for Indifferent Architecture, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017); Recollections for a Room, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2016).
For more than 25,000 years, humans have shaped, decorated, and fired clay, and vessels are a universal theme in ceramic traditions. Looking across time, global locations, and cultures, the exhibition features a selection of more than forty objects from the collection of the museum to highlight the remarkable universality of ceramic vessels, ranging from an ancient Greek vase made circa 550 B.C.E. to sculptural vases made by a contemporary Japanese artist, from Native American and pre-Columbian bowls to nineteenth-century British and American pitchers and vases, from Oceanic vessels to late Qing Dynasty Chinese porcelains.
Adams’ stunning black and white photographs of the Yosemite Valley and other dramatic Western sites are renowned for their unprecedented luminosity and tonal range, refinements Adams perfected through cutting edge photographic techniques and materials.The landscapes that commanded Adams’ interest have also inspired a new generation of artists, and the show will explore Adams’ legacy by including works by contemporary photographers who investigate his photographic ideals, including Abelardo Morell, Matthew Brandt, and David Benjamin Sherry.
OPEN HOUSE & ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, September 21, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Join Crossroads Art Center for their September Artist Reception + Open House on September 21. In addition to great art, there will be food trucks, music, and magic! Free and open to the public.
Nonprofit Sponsor: Henrico Casa
Join Studio Two Three's annual auction (and party of the year) on September 21, 2018! Warhol's got nothing' on Studio Two Three! Awesome party, amazing art made by local rockstars, local drinks and eats!
Your presence, purchases and support help give Richmonders the tools, space and classes to find that thing they love and make it! See you at The Factory!
Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-political environment. Intricately wrought, Heffernan’s paintings evoke the fantastical allegory of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt.
Julie Heffernan received her MFA in Painting from Yale and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Heffernan has received numerous grants including an NEA, NYFA, and Fullbright Fellowship and is in the collection of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by P.P.O.W in New York and Catharine Clark in San Francisco. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.
Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylorsituates Traylor as the only known artist enslaved at birth to make a significant body of drawn and painted work. His compelling imagery charts the crossroads of radically different worlds—rural and urban, black and white, old and new—and reveals how one man’s visual record of African American life gives larger meaning to the story of his nation.
Celebrating the Freer|Sackler’s recent acquisition of a major Japanese photography collection, this exhibition features a selection of works by groundbreaking twentieth-century photographers. Whether capturing evocative landscapes or the gritty realities of postwar Japan, this presentation focuses on Japanese artists’ search for a sense of place in a rapidly changing country. The images highlight destinations both rural and urban, in styles ranging from powerful social documentary to intensely personal. A selection of photobooks and experimental films adds to this multifaceted exploration.
Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video with a practice that includes drawing, sound, writing, performance and sculpture/installation. Humor, pathos and the uncanny emerge as central modes in a hybrid media practice that seeks to re-work relationships between fiction and document, the real and the hyper-real, narrative time and the synchronic time of impulse. In a long-term investigation of how rhetoric gains and loses power, Kahn’s projects often situate language in the foreground of works that are dialectically driven by the demands and of the body.
Brittany Nelson’s work appropriates and distorts processes from nineteenth-century photography to question representation as photographic ideal. In chemically manipulating traditional mordançage and tintype techniques, she causes unprecedented reactions in the materials which result in abstract imagery. In her most recent practice, Nelson (American, born 1984) borrows from found material such as NASA photographs of the surface of Mars. By applying techniques such as the pictorial bromoil method to these images, she translates between analog and digital media, resulting in prints that warp not only the surface and constitutive photographic features but also question the content on view. In this exhibition, she collaborates with the musician, sound artist, and vocalist Danishta Rivero (American, born 1978) on a live performance calling to mind messages sent back to Earth from outer space, resonating with the works on view.
VisArts welcomes all to it's 4th annual Art Junction Chili Throwdown on Friday, October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participating restaurants contribute their best chili, which is taste-tested by both a blind jury and the event’s attendees. After guests have voted, they’re welcome to go back for a full bowl of their favorite chili. At the end of the evening, VisArts presents two restaurants with awards—an overall award, selected by the judges, and a people’s choice award. Tickets are $20 for VisArts members and $25 for the general public. Kids under age 12 eat for $5 and kids under age 3 eat free. Adult admission includes a handmade ceramic bowl—made by a VisArts clay artist—and a drink ticket. Additional ceramic bowls are available for purchase.
Exhibition of new paintings by John Borden Evans.
“These paintings grow out of the painting process. When I begin, I have no idea what the finished painting will look like. Lately my paintings have transformed themselves into imaginary views of the world around our house in North Garden, Virginia. These paintings are like memories that I have uncovered hidden in the many layers of acrylic paint.”
The film Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King illuminates the aesthetic and engineering questions sculptor Elizabeth King grapples with maintaining an acute sensitivity to both life and the life-like. King is a quiet iconoclast in the art world who has created her own genre. King particularly inspired a generation of younger women artists during her nearly 40 passionate years teaching and nurturing her students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s renowned Sculpture Department.
Elizabeth King will be at the screening in conversation with VMFA Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Sarah Eckhardt, and the film’s maker Olympia Stone.
Nordic Impressions: Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821–2018
Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe, and Greenland. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition. While the question of what constitutes a distinctively Nordic art has been a constant debate, the art in the exhibition retains a certain mystique and focus on themes that have held a special place in Nordic culture for centuries: light and darkness, inner life and exterior space, the coalescence of nature and folklore, and women’s rights and social liberalism.
Hedges, Edges, Dirt presents new and recent work by Abbas Akhavan, Jonathas de Andrade, David Hartt, Julianne Swartz, and Pascale Marthine Tayou. Each artist will show a single project or body of work that explores how we relate to our surroundings and to each other, when rooted in place or in transition. Through a range of aesthetic approaches and global perspectives, these artists pose pointed questions, including: What does it mean to perceive ourselves and others as native or non-native, as welcome guests or invasive species? How do we navigate tangible and intangible boundaries? How do expressions of power, dominance, and vulnerability permeate our experience of place, self, and others? This international group of artists deploy play, beauty, and poetry to complicate and reimagine relationships among nature and culture, bodies and spaces.
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.
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence features the ndwango (“cloth”), a new form of bead art that has been developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The artists use colored Czech glass beads to transform the flat black cloth into a contemporary art form of remarkable visual depth. Using skills handed down through generations and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul,” the Ubuhle Women create abstract as well as figurative subjects for their ndwangos. Twenty individual ndwangos and one monumental artwork will be on view, as well as photographs of the Ubuhle artists taken by renowned South African photographer Zanele Muholi.
This exhibitions features works from the collection of Heywood and Cynthia Fralin, major collectors of 19th- and early 20th-century American art, donated to the University of Virginia is 2012. The collection includes works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and many other notable artists of the period. The couple initially responded to the work by the artists of the Ashcan School, who sought to capture gritty urban scenes to document modern times, but their collection expanded to incorporate a range of artists with diverse stories to tell about the American experience. This installation of highlights from The Fralin family’s collection will round out an exhibition season celebrating American art, a particular strength of the Museum.
This rare exhibition explores Georgia O’Keeffe’s watercolor studies produced during her time at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the summers from 1912 to 1916, and will include several key sketches and paintings as well as other works demonstrating her developing style. This is the first time the watercolors have been on view outside the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Lauren Woods is a conceptual artist whose hybrid media projects engage history as a lens by which to view the socio-politics of the present. Challenging the tradition of documentary/ethnography as objective, she creates ethno-fictive documents that investigate invisible dynamics in society, remixing memory and imagining other possibilities. She also explores how traditional monument-making can be translated into new contemporary models of commemoration, substituting the traditional marble and granite for new media.
Sedrick Chisom (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) is a painter and writer who lives and works in New York. His paintings reference the racialized idioms of Victorian Fantasy illustration, and use the romantic landscape as a site where the apocalyptic narratives of white supremacy, Christianity, and climate change intersect — a scenario in which most of the built environment has been obliterated and transformed into a toxic, hallucinatory wasteland.
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.
During the 1940s American photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught photographer making portraits and documenting everyday life in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional shooting for Ebony, Vogue, Fortune, and Life. For the first time, the formative decade of Parks’s 60-year career is the focus of an exhibition, which brings together 150 photographs and ephemera—including magazines, books, letters, and family pictures. The exhibition will illustrate how Parks’s early experiences at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil (New Jersey) as well as his close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, helped shape his groundbreaking style.
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.
A lecture by Raque Ford (b. 1986, Columbia, Maryland). She lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute (2010) and her MFA from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University (2013) . Recently awarded the 2017 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. Recent solo exhibition include Your Biggest Fan at CAPITAL in San Francisco. Con•fi•dence at Williamson and Knight in Portland Oregon, Carolyn at Shoot the Lobster in New York and It's All About Me, Forget About You at Species in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been included in group shows at Sculpture Center (NY) 321 Gallery (NY) Galerie Division (Montreal) AALA Gallery (LA) and the Mcdonalds in Chinatown (NY).
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first documentary film on the life and work of photographer Garry Winogrand – the epic storyteller in pictures of America across three turbulent decades of the 20th century. Celebrated in his lifetime and quickly forgotten after his death, Garry Winogrand is nonetheless your visionary ancestor – even if you have never published an image in a magazine or hung a print on the wall of a museum. His “snapshot aesthetic,” once derided by the critics, is the universal language of contemporary image making.
The film’s maker, Sasha Waters Freyer, Chair, VCU Department of Photography + Film, will speak.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7, 6:00 - 8:00PM
1708 Gallery is pleased to present Heads or Tails: Portraits of American Presidents, inspired by the Barack and Michelle Obama portraits, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively.
Since the debut of the Obama portraits, they have faced the scrutiny of art critics, political pundits, pop culture aficionados and the social media masses. The surrounding dialog from people of all walks of life was unexpected and compelling; bringing a renewed interest to the subject of portraiture, its meaning, purpose, and outcome.
The artists in Heads or Tails: Portraits of American Presidents were invited to create a portrait inspired by any American president. Portraiture often captures more than the subject of the portrait alone. It can encompass the hopes, dreams and folly of the era. The rhetoric of portraiture becomes a secondary theme when our constitutional rights are thwarted by fake news and current events influence the studio practice of every artist and citizen today. Perhaps this exhibition can be considered a portrait of America.
A conversation with Cassils, a trans visual artist who has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on the histories of conceptualism, feminism, body art, and gay male aesthetics, Cassils undergoes strict physical training regimes to create a powerfully trained body for performative purposes. Cassils received their BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada and an MFA in Art and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Join Declaration artist Peter Burr as he charts a trajectory from the comix/zine culture of the late ’90s to his independent animation practices of that same era, connecting to a larger discussion about alternative methods of media presentation. Peter will be showing examples of his performance work, installation practice, and a computer virus.
Join artist Paul Rucker for a conversation about the long term impact of second wave of Ku Klux Klan, and the origin, organization, and ideology of this institution in the 1920s. Rucker looks at his work Storm in the Time of Shelter and others in Declaration.
Throw on a leather jacket, rip holes in your denim and skip class with a cool crowd of young Richmond art lovers. The Visual Arts Creative Ambassadors (VACA) present Young + Artful 2018: Rock + Roll High School.
Inspired by punk rock from the 1970s and 80s, the event includes: a bar stocked with local drink selections, a silent art auction of pieces by emerging and established Virginia artists with competitive pricing for young collectors, live art demos, a spread of tasty food from Richmond restaurants (not your average cafeteria fare), tunes from Ramones tribute band Good Cretins, and vinyl spun by DJ Devolved (Vinyl Conflict Record Store)
Tickets are $60 and include food and beverages. Become a VisArts member and buy tickets for $50! This is the only version of summer school you’d invite your friends to, and it’s all for a good cause. Young + Artful proceeds support VisArts’ education programs.
Spirit Fingers and Jazz Hands is curated by artist andformer Iridian steering committee member, Tom Condon, and features works by Leigh Suggs, Michael-Birch Pierce, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Nicole Czapinski, Shanna Jackson-Beckham, Braxton Congrove, Sayaka Suzuki, Mahari Chabwera, and Harrison Moenich. This show is created in partnership with Capital One's art exchange.
Join co-curators, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, for a conversation with the artist about her life and work. Preceding the talk, the artist will be available to sign copies of the related exhibition catalog which is available for purchase in the VMFA Shop.
5:30–6:15pm | Book signing | Conference Suite | No tickets required
6:30–7:30 pm | Conversation with Howardena Pindell | Leslie Cheek Theater | Tickets required
With Dr. Rafe Blaufarb, Director and Ben Weider Eminent Scholar in Napoleonic Studies, Department of History, Florida State University
From obscure origins, Napoleon Bonaparte rose rapidly through the ranks of the army during the first years of the Revolution, becoming a general by the age of 25. This talk examines Napoleon's early military career to challenge the myth that his dramatic rise epitomizes the revolutionary principle of “careers open to talent.”
"Fall Line," a wood sculpture and functional bench designed to evoke the James River, is the centerpiece of the lobby at James Branch Cabell Library. Installed in 2018, it was the finishing touch for the vastly expanded and renewed library building that was completed in 2016. The bench has become a much discussed, enjoyed and used feature.
Artist Heath Matysek-Snyder, assistant professor and wood area head in VCUarts' Department of Craft/Material Studies, will give celebratory remarks and a Q&A with the audience on Tuesday, August 14.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) seeks to foster well-being and connection in the community by offering programs where participants can experience traditions of all kinds. Join on Tuesdays at lunchtime for Mindfulness @ ICA, guided by experienced meditation teachers from the Richmond community. Mindfulness meditation is a way of giving “kind attention” to our experience in the here and now.
The guided meditation with discussion following, is offered on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 12–1 pm in the ICA Auditorium. Doors open at 11:45 am. All participants can check in at the Welcome Desk.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00PM
In the spirit of ART 180's 20th anniversary, a new exhibition opens on August 3 to celebrate the hard work and generosity of their talented program leaders, who design projects that let our youth express themselves and nurture our young people in finding—and using—their voice.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00PM
Visit VALET for the opening of [re]construction by Jorge Ariel Escobar. The work presented will be the result of a week long effort by Escobar to transform old works into something original and new.
Work will be on display for opening only.
Candela Gallery is excited to announce UnBound7!, Candela's annual juried & invitational exhibition. UnBound! features a wide array of photographic techniques from both emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad.
Tickets are being sold in advance online and at the gallery. Visit candelabooks.com
ARTIST TALK: Sunday, August 19, 2PM
Albert Costanzo's detailed renderings of planes, runways, trains, storm systems, and the occasional satellite dish are inspired by imagination and his 35-year career at the Pentagon. His dynamic cityscapes are tucked inside botanical pods that sustain micro-humans and ecosystems few of us know about. Costanzo, born in West Point, NY in 1959, is a self-taught artist. He currently lives in Orange, VA and creates his art at the Milk River Arts studio in Richmond, VA. His work has been acquired for 1708 Gallery's Cabin Fever, Artspace Gallery's Within Reach, and the Quirk Hotel collection. Pentagon Papers is his first solo exhibition.
Quirk is thrilled to feature the work of Petersburg-based artist and carpenter, Alain Joyaux in a special two-day trunk show in the Main Gallery on Saturday, July 21 from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday July 22 from 12 pm to 4 pm. Alain will have a collection of handmade bowls available for sale.
Alain Joyaux is an artist and craftsman with an interest in exploring ways to push natural materials into unexpected shapes. He worked with clay and precious metals for over 15 years and recently turned his talent and curiosity to wood. His wooden bowls are all made from locally sourced wood and turned on a lathe when the wood is still green. Alain repairs some cracks with Dutchman or butterfly inlays, adding further visual appeal to the surface of the bowls.
Get to know Richmond through the lens of its public art. Join Bike and Brunch Tours for a ride through neighborhoods steeped in culture and history with the work of Hamilton Glass as our guide and black history and culture as our focus. This ride includes landmarks and art projects from an array of public art projects and glances at monuments, campuses, and gathering spots from the City Center, to Jackson Ward, the Arts District and the Fan, and Highland Park. All of these stops offer a reminder of the history, culture, and legacies at the heart of Richmond. This one of a kind, easy pace, casual tour aims to exude positive vibes, treat our communities and the residents with respect, and nourish the mind and belly.
Ride, see Richmond, have fun….and of course have brunch! Buy tickets through Learn More link.
Napoleon Bonaparte, and his household, worked diligently to perfect his image from a revolutionary war hero to an emperor of France. This effort to self-brand is just as prevalent today with celebrities like Oprah, Beyoncé and Ralph Lauren utilizing social media, the internet and the press to craft their public persona. Explore the concept of branding and explore how much famous personalities affect culture, just as Napoleon did during the early 19th century.
Join Milk River Arts in the studio to create a layered mixed-media portrait with artist & writer Aijung Kim. Through self-reflection and visualization, Aijung connects us to the wisdom inside each of us. All are welcome, and everything is included. Light refreshments will be served. Seats are limited, pre-registration is required via email@example.com Suggested donation $20.
Architect Charles Piper has been sketching the ICA’s Markel Center since construction began in 2014. Now that the building is complete, join Piper and Andrea Quilici for an interactive gathering that will use the building as a laboratory for exploring perceptions of architectural experience and space.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 13, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Group exhibit featuring a few new additions to the gallery.
This exhibit features: Matt Lively, Krista Townsend, Rob Browning, Steven S. Walker, Tim Harper, Glen Kessler, Josh George, Thomas Van Auken, Rich Bowman, Benjamin Frey, Alex Nyerges, Lanvi T. Nguyen, Jonathan Gleed, Christopher Peter, Fred Lisaius, Donna Cameron, Farida Hughes, Amy O' Callaghan, Bruce Ackerson, and Paul Brigham.
Over the past 4 weeks, Kristin Cammermeyer has transformed 1708 Gallery into a set for a generative, site-specific stop motion video for her exhibition In Constant Circulation. Her open process welcomes viewer interaction and engenders a spirit of transparency. The temporal and transient nature of her installation is captured and edited through the lens of the camera—where the camera becomes both a frame for the original installation and an apparatus for the production of a new video work.
Cammermeyer’s work investigates the human impact on natural and fabricated ecologies through re-purposing and rehabilitating obsolete consumer goods. This iterative project extends and redefines the function of each accumulated object in a visual manner that is alternative and optimistic. Cammermeyer’s work is informed by the parameters of site, duration, material availability, and audience interaction.
In Constant Circulation is made possible by Diversity Richmond and Iridian Gallery.