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

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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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Provocations: Rashid Johnson
Oct
17
to Jul 7

Provocations: Rashid Johnson

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

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

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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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 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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Pop América, 1965-1975
Feb
21
to Jul 21

Pop América, 1965-1975

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

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

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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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Tanja Softić: Hyphae: New Prints
Apr
12
to May 24

Tanja Softić: Hyphae: New Prints

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 12, 7-9pm

Tanja Softić presents four series of works on paper, offering viewers a chance to examine the full range of her artistic abilities, which encompass aspects of printmaking, drawing, and photography. The works reflect Softić’s ongoing exploration of the impacts caused by the displacement she and countless others experienced in Yugoslavia during the wars of the early- to mid-1990s. From a larger perspective, themes of migration, memory, dreams, and communication across distance reverberate throughout the exhibition.

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Paul Ryan: Keeping Time
Apr
12
to May 24

Paul Ryan: Keeping Time

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 12, 7-9pm

Keeping Time invites long-time admirers, as well as the uninitiated, to become familiar with the full scope of Paul Ryan’s career thus far. Ryan’s paintings have nearly always carried a significant connection to concurrent and past events in his own life, as well as his career-long interest in critical and cultural theory. In his earliest work as a graduate student at VCU, Ryan first explored non-objective painting and discovered new ways of thinking about art from the university’s faculty. Over the years, Ryan loosened his approach to abstraction, allowing for forms that are both implicitly and explicitly loaded with meaning. His canvases, though seemingly abstract, become increasingly symbolic and conceptually-oriented over the decades, as is the case with his most recent series, which explores consumerism and his own relationship with modern capitalistic practices.

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Ana Rendich: In The Name Of Hope
Apr
18
to Jun 2

Ana Rendich: In The Name Of Hope

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 18th, 5-8pm

In The Name of Hope' is intended to bring comfort in a time of emotional pain, sorrow, and tragedy. Loss, displacement, and hope are some of the subjects that regenerate me. Ana Rendich’s use of silicone, oils, and resins inherently implies transparency. The colors are set as a healing tool, placed with softness and sentiment (without being sentimental). This exhibition is not about the attention to color itself, but rather, it is a meditation on emotions, relationships, and feelings that take root and grow as in nature; essential to the development of the soul. Despite the subject matter, the paintings in this exhibition are meant to be uplifting, their subjects serene and ultimately defiant of their circumstances.

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Sami Cronk: For you (and me)
Apr
26
to Jun 2

Sami Cronk: For you (and me)

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 26th, 5-8pm

For you (and me) is a collection of new paintings, drawings, and objects. This body of work was created through playing with bold colors and utilizing different papers/surfaces. It’s a showcase of fruits, florals, and/or items you might find in your kitchen, garden, or cupboard, alongside various dreamed-up phenomenon.

Sami Cronk is a mixed media artist based in Richmond, Virginia. Her process focuses on the connection between illustration and 3D objects, color palettes, and mark making. Inspiration for her work comes from day-to-day moments, material studies, animals, children’s books, plants, shapes, and nostalgia.

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Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment
Apr
27
to Aug 18

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment

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Power down, unplug, and join a voyage into the visionary art of Tibetan Buddhism. The journey from clamor to contemplation unfolds as you progress through a series of immersive spaces, engaging with spectacular art along the way. Nearly 100 objects, both historical and contemporary, are drawn largely from two of the country’s most extraordinary collections of Himalayan art: the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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DEAR LEADER
May
2
to Jun 14

DEAR LEADER

PREVIEW RECEPTION + ARTIST TALK: Thursday, May 2nd, 5 - 8 pm

Dear Leader is a multimedia exhibition that casts a light on the existential weight of nuclear proliferation and the harrowing threat of nuclear violence. These fears generate a deep undercurrent of uncertainty that rests underneath our daily lives. The participating artists seek to provide personal reflections on the past and ask us to consider, if just for the moment, the present and future concerns of nuclear proliferation against our current geopolitical landscape. Eight artists - Linda Alterwitz, Takashi Arai, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Kei Ito, Michael Light, Noah Scalin, Paul Shambroom, Elin O’Hara Slavick - blurring the line between art and activism, survey the magnitude of this subject from different vantages.

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Synchronous: Isa Newby Gagarin
May
3
to Jun 1

Synchronous: Isa Newby Gagarin

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm

The Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present Synchronous a selection of new work by Isa Newby Gagarin. In her new series of mixed media paintings, Synchronous, the upcoming solo exhibition of multidisciplinary artist, Isa Newby Gagarin (Minneapolis, MN), Gagarin explores forms of visual fragmentation and continuity through color relationships that personify sonic or musical qualities translated over diptychs, triptychs and series of works. This synesthetic inquiry meditates upon color as a constantly changing perceptual experience—an impermanence relative to phenomena of astronomy such as eclipses, tides and celestial orbit.

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Ed Trask: Transitory
May
3
to May 31

Ed Trask: Transitory

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm

Transitory ... Fleeting moments of change, love, light and color. Richmond painter Ed Trask has always evolved as an artist but this exhibit is a sea change incorporating muted palates, intense line work, and dissolving imagery.

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Diurnal Rhythms: Karen Blair
May
3
to Jun 1

Diurnal Rhythms: Karen Blair

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm

The Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present:  Diurnal Rhythms, a selection of new work by Karen Blair. Why paint?” asks Karen Blair, musing upon the evolution of the rendered image. From the marvels of ancient cave paintings, the master works of da Vinci, to the shifting tableaux of Bill Viola’s digital portraits in the new media age, Blair views her role as a contemporary artist as that of a mediator of sorts—to “sift through the accumulation, rearrange it and make it both coherent and beautiful.” Given the shifting scales of historical, aesthetic and technological continuities, Blair sees her paintings as “hieroglyphs” edited from the surplus of our present cultural overload. Blair’s works evolve over months, layering information in measures that are “added, obscured, and reemphasized”. In this way, Blair’s paintings exist as narratives shaped by the same mechanisms of History in our informational and visual worlds.

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Amy Tavern: "And the ground will move anyway"
May
16
to Jun 23

Amy Tavern: "And the ground will move anyway"

Amy Tavern, “And the ground will move anyway” is currently on view at Quirk Gallery through June 23rd, 2019. Amy Tavern is an interdisciplinary artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally with solo shows in the United States, Belgium, Sweden, and Iceland. She has taught and lectured across the country and in Europe, and her work as a metalsmith has been included in numerous publications, most notably, the cover of Metalsmith Magazine. A believer in phenomenology, her work begins with direct experience and, although autobiographical, refers to the human condition, emotion and memory, and the passing of time. Using labor-intensive methods, Amy translates recollection through drawing, photography, sculpture, animation, and video.

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 Alan Ruiz: Infrapolitics
May
16
to Jun 29

Alan Ruiz: Infrapolitics

1708 is pleased to present Infrapolitics, an exhibition by Alan Ruiz. Reflexively engaging the physical and institutional conditions of 1708, Infrapolitics explores the systems through which power, in its literal and symbolic form, is distributed across spatial, social, and economic networks. Working with raw materials of the urban landscape – metal, glass, and electric light – Ruiz’s approach points to a complex mapping of the space between the aesthetic and political dimensions of the globalized built environment.

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Carl Chiarenza at VMFA
May
17
to Nov 12

Carl Chiarenza at VMFA

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Visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for an exhibition of works by photographer Carl Chiarenza, on view in the Photography Gallery May 17–Nov. 12, 2019. Born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Rochester, New York, Chiarenza’s interest in photography developed early in his childhood. His black and white photographs, which often contain elements of collage, have continued to challenge notions of landscape, abstraction, visitor perspective, and the very medium of photography itself. 

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Glenstone Museum
May
20
to Sep 1

Glenstone Museum

Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in the way people experience and understand art of the 20th and 21st centuries. These works are presented in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters for visitors.

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Talk / Tour / Sketch
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

Talk / Tour / Sketch

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Stop by for a chat with one of ICA’s talented student guides. Bring your questions or tell them what interests you, and they will customize a tour on the spot. You also can grab supplies from their Art Cart and sketch in the galleries or Royall Forum.

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Talk / Tour / Sketch
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Talk / Tour / Sketch

Stop by for a chat with one of ICA’s talented student guides. Bring your questions or tell them what interests you, and they will customize a tour on the spot. You also can grab supplies from their Art Cart and sketch in the galleries or Royall Forum.

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MAKE IT RAIN(BOW)
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

MAKE IT RAIN(BOW)

Come to Make it Rain(bow) and be a part of the artists, makers, dreamers and doers that are Studio Two Three! Join Studio Two Three for a night of music, food, drinks, fun, live artist demos a grab-n-go $25 art wall of stuff you can’t get anywhere else.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; tickets include cocktails, appetizers, and the warm fuzzy feeling of doing something awesome for your community. All proceeds benefit Studio Two Three.

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The Really Big Show
Jun
7
4:00 PM16:00

The Really Big Show

Join ART 180 for a neighborhood block party to celebrate youth voices and their visual and performing art at The 15th Annual Really BIG Show! On the night of the 7th, ART 180 is shutting down the surrounding streets and filling it with beautiful youth art, food trucks, dancing, live musical performances, games, and more in the Arts & Cultural District.

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Opening: Donna Cameron "Emulsify"
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Opening: Donna Cameron "Emulsify"

Join Glave Kocen Gallery for the opening of Donna Cameron “Emulsify” on June 7th, 2019 at 6pm. This multi media artist/ educator has shown at The MOMA to the Ca' Rezzonico in Venice, Italy. Glave Kocen Gallery is thrilled to host her first exhibit with them in their "Under the Rafters" series.

This exhibition is on view from June 7th through 29th, 2019.

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Summer Exhibitions Opening Celebration
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Exhibitions Opening Celebration

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Join ICA for the opening celebration of two new exhibitions, Corin Hewitt: Shadows are to Shade and Summer Sessions: Commonwealth.

6pm/ Doors + galleries open, complimentary food, music, cash bar*

6:30pm/ Artist Talk with Corin Hewitt (Auditorium)

7pm/ Provocations Performance: Marcus Tenney (Gallery 4)

8pm/ Introduction to Summer Sessions (Gallery 1)

8-10pm/ Food and drink for purchase*

*ICA Members at the Plus and Premier levels will receive complimentary beverages throughout the evening.

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Here I Am
May
20
to May 21

Here I Am

ART 180 hosts “Here I Am,” on view through May 21st, 2019. In a society that constantly puts pressure on young people to present a polished, branded version of themselves through social media and “selfies,” ART 180’s teens have created art brings to life a more thoughtful and complex meaning to the modern self-portrait.

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Because OF: VCUarts Craft & Material Studies Graduate Candidacy Exhibition
May
17
to May 19

Because OF: VCUarts Craft & Material Studies Graduate Candidacy Exhibition

Artspace is pleased to present a new gallery-wide exhibition, "Because OF, the culmination of the first year of Graduate MFA Candidates in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCUarts. Because Of highlights the work of Eric Anthony Berdis, Laura Boban, Samuel Brown, Min Haeng Kang, Andy Lowrie, and Paige Lizbeth Morris. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

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Opening: Alan Ruiz: Infrapolitics
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Opening: Alan Ruiz: Infrapolitics

Join 1708 for the opening of Infrapolitics, an exhibition by Alan Ruiz. Reflexively engaging the physical and institutional conditions of 1708, Infrapolitics explores the systems through which power, in its literal and symbolic form, is distributed across spatial, social, and economic networks. Working with raw materials of the urban landscape – metal, glass, and electric light – Ruiz’s approach points to a complex mapping of the space between the aesthetic and political dimensions of the globalized built environment.

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Shimmer: VCUarts 50th Annual Fashion Show
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Shimmer: VCUarts 50th Annual Fashion Show

The VCU Annual Juried Fashion Show, VCUarts RUNWAY 2019 Shimmer, will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Main Street Station and Train Shed.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of VCUarts’ founding, and the 50th anniversary of the school’s fashion show. This annual juried event presents the finished work of fashion design students, as well as the strategic production talents of fashion merchandising students. Shimmer will feature women's sportswear, dresses, menswear, denim, embellishment, luxury, and surface design, all created by hand or with the assistance of industry-standard machinery. Clothing modeled on the runway includes the collections of senior design students and designers from VCUarts Qatar, the school’s campus in Doha, Qatar.

Purchase Tickets:
https://www.showclix.com/event/shimmer2019

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Third Place: VCU Kinetic Imaging Senior Show
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Third Place: VCU Kinetic Imaging Senior Show

Third Place will showcase installations by VCU Kinetic Imaging seniors. The show will take place across two locations, The FAB Gallery (1000 W. Broad Street) and The Highpoint (3300 W. Broad Street), which are both accessible via the GRTC Pulse. The work will remain up from May 3rd to May 6th at The Highpoint and May 3rd to May 10th at the FAB Gallery.

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Tour Topic Tour: Black Women and the Power of Re-vision
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Tour Topic Tour: Black Women and the Power of Re-vision

Join Isabelle Richman to explore the intersections of Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It with the historically recorded abilities of Black women preachers and visionaries, especially those of the 19th century. Now, as in the past, Black women visionaries were able to renegotiate their statuses, as they powerfully articulated through words and music, a new vision for a more just world.

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VCU MFA Thesis Exhibitions Opening Reception
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

VCU MFA Thesis Exhibitions Opening Reception

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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Batter 5
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Batter 5

Join Cherry Gallery for a group show of first-year VCU Visual Communications MFA student work. The show will also be on display during open hours and by appointment until April 30th. Works from Feixue Mei, Yutong Liu, Jason S. Wright, Bushra Alsughayer, and Aidan Quinlan.

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Because Of
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Because Of

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 26, 6 - 9 PM

"Because Of" is the culmination of the first year of Graduate MFA Candidates in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCUarts. Because Of highlights the work of Eric Anthony Berdis, Laura Boban, Samuel Brown, Min Haeng Kang, Andy Lowrie, and Paige Lizbeth Morris.

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VCU Sculpture Annual Senior Show
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

VCU Sculpture Annual Senior Show

  • 3015 Cutshaw Avenue Richmond, VA, 23230 United States (map)
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______ & ______ - The Sculpture Annual Senior Show presents a collection of works by the students in the VCUarts Sculpture Department. The works feature performances, video, installation, sculpture and more. With a wide range of talent and care this show brings together the Sculpture Community into one evening of art.

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Richmond Book Art Fair
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Richmond Book Art Fair

The Richmond Book Art Fair invites the public to tell their stories, connect with independent writers and bookmakers and engage with the most pressing issues in our community. The Richmond Book Art Fair is free and family friendly and features 30+ Bookmakers & Artists, Food, Local Drinks, Space Bomb DJ, Printmaking Demos, and Kids Activities.Panel talks, workshops, and demonstrations centered around bookmaking and the Power of the Press take place April 14th-19th.

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VCU Sculpture Annual Senior Show
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

VCU Sculpture Annual Senior Show

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______ & ______ - The Sculpture Annual Senior Show presents a collection of works by the students in the VCUarts Sculpture Department. The works feature performances, video, installation, sculpture and more. With a wide range of talent and care this show brings together the Sculpture Community into one evening of art.

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Artist Talk: Sammy Baloji
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Talk: Sammy Baloji

Contemporary artist Sammy Baloji discusses his work from the Mémoire series with Ashley Duhrkoop, Curatorial Associate for African Art and Mellon Grant Project Administrator. Their talk will explore connections between Baloji's photomontages and paintings by Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu in VMFA's permanent collection.

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Artist’s Choice: Dance, Design and Community Justice Shared Practice
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Artist’s Choice: Dance, Design and Community Justice Shared Practice

MK Abadoo and Wes Taylor, VCUarts professors whose individual art practices overlap with social justice and community organizing, discuss the work of their Shared Practice. They will present and co-facilitate participatory activities, based on their foundations in choreography and graphic design.

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Visiting Curator Lecture: Dan Byers
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Visiting Curator Lecture: Dan Byers

Dan Byers is the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, a position he has held since June 2017. Previously, he was Mannion Family Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, where he organized solo shows featuring Diane Simpson, Geoffrey Farmer, and Steve McQueen. His group exhibitions there included The Artist’s Museum and the 2017 Foster Prize Exhibition.

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Provocations Performance: River City Poets
Apr
6
3:00 PM15:00

Provocations Performance: River City Poets

River City Poets is a community group that highlights local poetry through monthly workshops, critiques, and open mic events. Later this month the group will be publishing “Lingering in the Margins,” an anthology of over fifty poets from Richmond and beyond. In response to Rashid Johnson’s “Monument” installation, River City Poets will offer readings created using the technique of ekphrasis, a dramatic, verbal description of a work of art.

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Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond - Artists Talk and Quilting Bee
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond - Artists Talk and Quilting Bee

Join 1708 Gallery this Saturday for the Artist talk of Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond, an on-going participatory project and exhibition by Aaron McIntosh. Talk will take place from 1 - 2pm.

Come before or stay after for the Queer Quilting Bee where you have the chance to make a Kudzu leaf and have it sewn into the vine. Each leaf is adorned with stories of LGBTQ+ contributors, supporters, allies, and other archive documents that celebrate and illuminate Southern queer culture. Using the invasive kudzu vine as an agile metaphor, the project disrupts dominant Southern conservatism and activates the vine—often perceived as monstrous—as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity. Quilting Bee will be happening from 12 - 5pm.

Artist Talk and Quilting Bee is a part of the Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond's Saturday Picnic Series. The Picnic Series includes events happening every Saturday of the exhibition from 12 -5pm.

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Provocations Performance: River City Poets
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Provocations Performance: River City Poets

River City Poets is a community group that highlights local poetry through monthly workshops, critiques, and open mic events. Later this month the group will be publishing “Lingering in the Margins,” an anthology of over fifty poets from Richmond and beyond. In response to Rashid Johnson’s “Monument” installation, River City Poets will offer readings created using the technique of ekphrasis, a dramatic, verbal description of a work of art.

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Curtis Ripley: California Medley + Matthew Langley: In Color
Apr
5
to Apr 27

Curtis Ripley: California Medley + Matthew Langley: In Color

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 5, 6-8pm

Curtis Ripley’s newest works allude to intangible moments and phenomena we collectively experience- a season come and gone, the flicker of an emotion, a time of day or a quality of light. In this new series, Ripley will be presenting works that celebrate the night itself as well as nocturnes in music, poetry and paintings. These works are improvisational and concerned with creating an atmosphere, spatial depth and capture the mood of an evening’s mystery.

Matthew Langley says of his practice, “The exploration of color has become a primary focus of my work, which is instinctual, as opposed to a strict adherence to color theory. The outcome carries with it a transparency. I want the viewer to see the decisions made as well as the process and final results.”

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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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Provocations Performance: River City Poets
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Provocations Performance: River City Poets

River City Poets is a community group that highlights local poetry through monthly workshops, critiques, and open mic events. Later this month the group will be publishing “Lingering in the Margins,” an anthology of over fifty poets from Richmond and beyond. In response to Rashid Johnson’s “Monument” installation, River City Poets will offer readings created using the technique of ekphrasis, a dramatic, verbal description of a work of art.

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Palmoa Barhaugh-Bordas
Apr
5
to Apr 7

Palmoa Barhaugh-Bordas

The work of artist Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas adapts and appropriates the vernacular of the many regions she’s called home and traces the self-conscious search for cultural roots as a first-generation American.
In her own words, " I am learning to look with the female gaze. It is a process of sorting and building a visual language, examining an internalized way of seeing, and testing alternative methods of addressing the body. An orderly interior—a still-life of house plants—is framed by the messy texture of dense foliage. Placeless landscapes and horizon lines propose an objective contour, but are confounded by shifts in scale. My serial works are made as though in conversation with printmaking processes, where pressure and exchange is always at play. "

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Dressing Zulu: A Panel Discussion
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Dressing Zulu: A Panel Discussion

Dressing Zulu celebrates the installation of elaborate beaded outfits for a Zulu man and woman. This panel discussion includes Hlengiwe Dube, noted Zulu beadwork artist and historian from Durban, South Africa. Joining Dube will be Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kate Gabrielli, Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Fellow in African Art, VMFA, will address technical analysis and conservation of the Zulu beaded outfits, and the conversation will be moderated by Richard Woodward, VMFA Curator of African Art.

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Aggie Zed
Apr
4
to May 12

Aggie Zed

OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALK: Thursday, April 4, 5-8pm

Aggie Zed's solo exhibition, "The Outskirts of Witchama-Milkee”, features the artist’s newest sculptures complimented by drawings and paintings, the subjects of which are the inhabitants of the imagined town of Witchama-Milkee and its surrounding areas.

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Dirty Looks: Eight Years On
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Dirty Looks: Eight Years On

Dirty Looks is a platform for queer film, video, and performance that has toured museums and galleries around the country. On its eighth anniversary, the ICA presents a retrospective program tracing contemporary queer aesthetics through historical works as well as up-and-coming artists and filmmakers. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Dirty Looks curator Bradford Nordeen and VCU professors Nicole Killian, Mark Boulos, and Sonali Gulati.

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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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Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom
Mar
30
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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Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond
Mar
29
to May 4

Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond

Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond is a participatory project and exhibition by artist and organizer Aaron McIntosh. In this ongoing project, McIntosh and participants create quilted queer kudzu vines of fabric and wire. Each leaf is adorned with stories of LGBTQ+ contributors and archive documents that celebrate and illuminate Southern queer culture. Using the invasive kudzu vine as an agile metaphor, the project disrupts dominant Southern conservatism and activates the vine—often perceived as monstrous—as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity.

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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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