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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Sean Scully: Landline
Sep
13
to Feb 3

Sean Scully: Landline

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. ​​​​​​​

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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

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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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From Ansel Adams to Infinity
Sep
21
to Jan 27

From Ansel Adams to Infinity

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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. 

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Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
Sep
28
to Mar 17

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

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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.

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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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Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
Oct
18
to Feb 24

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

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.

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Highlights from the Collection of Heywood and Cynthia Fralin
Oct
19
to Jan 27

Highlights from the Collection of Heywood and Cynthia Fralin

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.

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Unexpected O'Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings
Oct
19
to Jan 27

Unexpected O'Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings

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. 

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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

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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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Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
Nov
4
to Feb 18

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950

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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 EbonyVogueFortune, 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.

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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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Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa
Nov
10
to Feb 24

Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa

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This innovative and visually compelling exhibition presents nearly 140 masks from the vast Congo region of Africa (known today as the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Drawn from the finest and most comprehensive private collection, these masks from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are combined with film footage, field photographs, maps and musical instruments to highlight the performative aspect of these extraordinary works of art.

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Sable Elyse Smith: For Freedoms – 50 State Initiative
Nov
12
to Feb 3

Sable Elyse Smith: For Freedoms – 50 State Initiative

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1708 Gallery, in partnership with For Freedoms – 50 State Initiative, presents a billboard by Sable Elyse Smith. This multi-site project with Smith is part of an imperative that elaborates on Richmond’s relevance in discourses between art and politics. The billboard is located in the historic neighborhood of Jackson Ward, at the intersection of W. Jackson St. and Chamberlayne Avenue. This prominent location calls attention to the profound history of the resident community and neighborhood as well as the continued, catastrophic racial inequality, abuse, and erasure both locally and nationally. At the turn of the 20th century Jackson Ward was the most financially successful black neighborhood in the country. Smith’s work stands directly in front of the home of W. W. Browne, the founder of the first ever chartered black owned and operated bank in the United Sates. The Savings Bank of the True Reformers was also originally located in Browne’s home.

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I > < YOU > < WE: Emmy Bright, Jessica Heikes and Leigh Suggs
Dec
7
to Feb 10

I > < YOU > < WE: Emmy Bright, Jessica Heikes and Leigh Suggs

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While these three artists live in different cities (Detroit, Kansas City and Richmond), they have remained in close dialogue since first meeting at a residency in 2009. Over the past few years, they forged a distinctive model of discourse to explore the overlaps and gaps between their artwork. Meeting regularly—in person and virtually—they talk, share work, discuss readings and assign one another prompts and exercises. Through this mode of working in tandem, they explore the similarities and differences between their practices, nudge each other out of established comfort zones, develop new ideas, combat isolationism and explore the possibilities that arise from working independently, yet within a trio. Each artist’s style is unique, and they differ in preferred media. However, they share concerns around emotions, relationships and the literal and metaphorical spaces in between beings and objects.

Guest curated by Lauren Ross

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Nikki Painter – Shape Shifting
Dec
7
to Feb 23

Nikki Painter – Shape Shifting

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 7, 2018 6-9PM

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, December 8, 2018 2-3:30PM

Shockoe Artspace is excited to present SHAPE SHIFTING, the first major solo exhibition in Richmond from Virginia-based artist Nikki Painter. Through a depth and breadth of mixed media works spanning the last five years we are able to take in the total vision of a delightfully masterful maker. Painter is a kind of “Visual-Seismologist, deftly creating works that bring to bear unusually-scaled visually-dynamic works, imaging tectonic comings and goings at various rates of intensity. Moreover the vast array of works converge into intricate patterns splintering off and shifting in strange and vivid manners thereby creating visual states saturated in radiant color with forms that both come together in one sense while falling away in another. These states produce effects in and around the pressure points of the compositions thereby charging the space with a kind of electricity that supersedes the organic-structure, in-organic grounding and representational imagery

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Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor
Jan
4
to Feb 16

Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor

Candela Gallery is pleased to open 2019 with #InHonor, a solo exhibition by Ervin A. Johnson. Spurred by personal experiences as a queer black man and the killing of black people across America, #InHonor is a series of photographic mixed media portraits that stand as a visceral response to racism and police brutality done to the black body. 

Created out of a need for social practice and in a way to honor Blackness, Johnson began #InHonor around the time of the Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner protests. Influenced by the abstract expressionist movement, Johnson forcibly and fervently removes pigment from the original photographs and meticulously reconstructs the canvas with various layers of skin-toned colorant. The resulting, distressed portraits are arresting, mirroring physical and symbolic gestures of trauma and renegotiation.

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SEDRICK CHISOM : THE GHOST OF WHITE PRESIDENTS YET TO COME
Jan
4
to Jan 27

SEDRICK CHISOM : THE GHOST OF WHITE PRESIDENTS YET TO COME

Ada presents “The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come,” a new exhibition of works by Sedrick Chisom, a New York-based painter and writer.

Sedrick Chisom was born in Philadelphia and received a full scholarship to study at Cooper Union. Fascinated with thermal imagery and preoccupied by Christian iconography, Chisom conjures images that are both warm and chilling, akin to a pietà surveilled by a U.S. Army drone. Much of his work examines the ways in which Whiteness and Christianity have colonized the lives and sublimated the suffering of People of Color. 

As its title indicates, “The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come” continues these themes. In these paintings, Chisom composes a sci-fi epic in which PoC have abandoned a dying Earth to explore the universe. As some of the remaining “wypipo” begin to develop darker pigmentation, their governments declare a state of emergency and send an expedition to the polar ice caps and Monument Valley in search of “Aryanness in other places.” Chisom’s ghostly figures float through a world of melting ice and societal decay that viewers may find hauntingly familiar. If the spectral landscapes and desperate faces – or postures, where there are no faces – don’t make it clear enough, Chisom has noted that these scenes are from “the final year of the Christian era.” It’s the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as “yts” know it.

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Anne Blackwell Thompson: Bespoke Botanicals
Jan
10
to Feb 17

Anne Blackwell Thompson: Bespoke Botanicals

Anne Blackwell Thompson’s Main Gallery exhibit, "Bespoke Botanicals" will feature brand new pieces including rare plant specimens from Longwood Gardens. Lily pad, flower, seaweed, leaf – each specimen connects us to the bountiful and extraordinary world of botany. As a naturalist with a particular interest in horticulture, Thompson strives to embrace nature’s rich palette through harvesting plant material from country roads, private gardens and historical locations. Her mission is to connect the viewer with nature through pressing and preserving plants.

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Emily Herr, "Who Is She? The 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' Mural Series, Collected"
Jan
11
to Feb 24

Emily Herr, "Who Is She? The 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' Mural Series, Collected"

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 11, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Emily Herr is a Richmond native who creates custom hand-painted murals at home and on the road under the name HerrSuite. She specializes in careful context-based design with bright and playful imagery. Painting murals is an excuse to explore new settings for visual art, work closely with an ever-changing variety of people, and push her physical and creative limits.

"'Who Is She?' is a collection of the process work and finished pieces that make up the 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' Mural Series. This series is a celebration of strip club signage taken at face value. Designed to sell the idea of women as a product, the leering words become jubilant when reframed by the people they describe. These drawings became monuments to the everyday array of all female-identifying people.

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OUR SEMPITERNAL MEMORY: AVERY SHAFFER
Jan
11
to Feb 23

OUR SEMPITERNAL MEMORY: AVERY SHAFFER

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 11, 7-9 PM

The internet opened a floodgate of data that illuminated the history of queer peoples more than ever before. The movement of this community from of the local gay bar into an online world, spawned deeper understandings around sexuality and gender. Recent legislation has created the beginnings of broad-based censorship across the web that threaten this evolutionary queer resource sharing. It is in this context that Avery Shaffer uses ancient glass traditions, digital photography, and his virtual avatar Abel Valerie to explore ever evolving perceptions of queer identity. Over the past five years Shaffer has created work searching for our mythic truths and working with the sacred traditions of glass to derive permanence. It is through our sempiternal memory that we see ourselves and understand lasting value.

Transparency and the male form through historical art, religious context and social media is the heart of his research. He creates virtual windows with vitreous enamels that allow alter ego online guises to peer out. In his studio practice, he employs ancient craft techniques of stained glass filtered through modern modes of communication to create a new iconography.

Avery Shaffer, an artist, designer, and instructor working in glass and social media, received his BFA from East Carolina University with a concentration in painting. His glass studio, Ellenburg and Shaffer creates nationally prominent commercial work. Shaffer is also an instructor at The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA.

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Sally Bowring "New Year - New Work" + Corydon Cowansage "Curvy"
Jan
11
to Feb 15

Sally Bowring "New Year - New Work" + Corydon Cowansage "Curvy"

Sally Bowring's sixth solo show with the gallery, entitled "New Year - New Work" presents twelve acrylic paintings on panel which boast highly saturated colors and intersecting planes of natural and geometric shapes.

In her first solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Corydon Cowansage combines graphic abstraction with trompe l’oeil figurative realism, creating paintings that play with our perceptions of perspective, scale, and space. The body of work in "Curvy" continues her exploration of the psychology of space and connections between architecture, nature, the body, art history, and abstraction.

Both exhibitions open Friday, January 11 and continue through February 15, 2019.

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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

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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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Braulio Amado: Linking Park
Jan
18
to Mar 1

Braulio Amado: Linking Park

In “Linking Park,” Amado presents a series of experimental, long-form URL “billboards.” In these large scale works, Amado–best known for his eye-catching poster designs–playfully subverts expectations of immediacy and legibility in public and commercial signage, disrupting the ease and speed of use associated with contemporary hypertext. The exhibition runs January 18–March 1 with an opening reception on January 18 from 6–9 pm. 

About the Artist: Bráulio Amado is a Portuguese graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist, currently living in NY. He worked at Pentagram, Bloomberg Businessweek and Wieden+Kennedy, and is now running BAD Studio (Braulio Amado Design Studio). He has designed covers for Frank Ocean, Roisin Murphy, Beck and Washed Out. His illustrations have been published by The New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Australia, US, Portugal, Germany and France.


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The Edge of Space: Photographs by William Wylie
Jan
18
to Feb 16

The Edge of Space: Photographs by William Wylie

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 18, 6 to 8PM

In his new exhibition The Edge of Space, the artist William Wylie explores the embellishment of space through architecture across a tightly edited selection of photographs spanning the past ten years. Using light to illuminate volume, he transforms buildings from Germany, Italy, and the United States into highly evocative representations of what he calls “spatial practice,” meditations on how people organize and order the place within which they exist and move.

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View Find 8
Jan
18
to Feb 16

View Find 8

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 18, 6 to 8PM

View Find 8 is Page Bond Gallery’s annual group photography exhibition featuring work by local, national, and international artists including Penny Ashford, Mary Ellen Bartley, David Douglas, Jeri Eisenberg, Pam Fox, Elijah Gowin, David Halliday, Cynthia Henebry, Robert Llewellyn, Amanda Means, Wael Sabour, Lee Saloutos, Ginevra Shay, and Jon-Phillip Sheridan.

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The Art of Freedom
Jan
19
to May 19

The Art of Freedom

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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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Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom
Jan
26
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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Panel Discussion: Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Panel Discussion: Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers

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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.

Panelists will include:
     Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times Dispatch
     Brian Palmer, photographer
     Ashley Kistler, curator
     Laura Browder, oral historian and UR American studies professor
     Elvatrice Belsches, public historian, author, and lecturer based in Richmond

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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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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

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

Dialogues: Irena Haiduk + Martine Syms

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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

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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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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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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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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)
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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
2
2:00 PM14:00

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (map)
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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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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)
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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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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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Community Conscience
Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Community Conscience

Join 1708 Gallery for Community Conscience, a public forum for residents of Jackson Ward, 1708 Gallery, and the community at large to come together to discuss opening lines of communication, inclusion, and public art. This discussion stems from Sable Elyse Smith’s commissioned billboard, located in Jackson Ward, and a conversation between Janis Allen, President of the Historic Jackson Ward Association and Park Myers, 1708 Gallery Curator.

In partnership with the For Freedoms – 50 State Initiative, 1708 commissioned a billboard by Sable Elyse Smith. This public artwork opened in the historic neighborhood of Jackson Ward on November 12th, 2018 and has been a back drop to and a generator of many important conversations. As part of the expansive network of For Freedoms, 1708’s role is to amplify the social and political agency of contemporary art in the cultural landscape of Richmond.

Panelists for Community Conscience:

Park Myers, 1708 Gallery Curator 

Sable Elyse Smith, Commissioned Artist 


Janis Allen, President of the Historic Jackson Ward Association

Moderated by Enjoli Moon, Founder and Creative Director of Afrikana Film Festival, 1708 Board Member

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Public Lecture: Braulio Amado: Linking Park
Jan
17
4:30 PM16:30

Public Lecture: Braulio Amado: Linking Park

In “Linking Park,” Amado presents a series of experimental, long-form URL “billboards.” In these large scale works, Amado–best known for his eye-catching poster designs–playfully subverts expectations of immediacy and legibility in public and commercial signage, disrupting the ease and speed of use associated with contemporary hypertext. The exhibition runs January 18–March 1 with an opening reception on January 18 from 6–9 pm. 

About the Artist: Bráulio Amado is a Portuguese graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist, currently living in NY. He worked at Pentagram, Bloomberg Businessweek and Wieden+Kennedy, and is now running BAD Studio (Braulio Amado Design Studio). He has designed covers for Frank Ocean, Roisin Murphy, Beck and Washed Out. His illustrations have been published by The New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Australia, US, Portugal, Germany and France.


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Gallery Talk: Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers
Jan
17
1:30 PM13:30

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

  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art (map)
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Exhibition curator Ashley Kistler will lead a walk through the gallery to discuss Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers, a new exhibition organized by University of Richmond Museums, which 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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Provocations Performance: Michelle Dodd
Jan
12
3:00 PM15:00

Provocations Performance: Michelle Dodd

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
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Michelle Dodd is a spoken word artist from Richmond who has performed at TEDx as well as regional and national slam poetry competitions. She has been a fellow at Watering Hole, a retreat for poets of color, and the coach of the Virginia Union University slam team. Adopted as a baby by a Caucasian couple, her work addresses themes of race and racism, self-acceptance, and monachopsis––the persistent feeling of being out of place.

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Provocations Performance: Michelle Dodd
Jan
11
4:00 PM16:00

Provocations Performance: Michelle Dodd

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

Michelle Dodd is a spoken word artist from Richmond who has performed at TEDx as well as regional and national slam poetry competitions. She has been a fellow at Watering Hole, a retreat for poets of color, and the coach of the Virginia Union University slam team. Adopted as a baby by a Caucasian couple, her work addresses themes of race and racism, self-acceptance, and monachopsis––the persistent feeling of being out of place.

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Panel Discussion: Murals of Richmond with Mickael Broth and guest artists
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Panel Discussion: Murals of Richmond with Mickael Broth and guest artists

  • Virginia Museum of History and Culture (map)
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Over the past decade, Richmond has seen an explosion of public artwork. Artist, muralist, and writer Mickael Broth has documented this phenomenon in his new book, Murals of Richmond. Join Broth as he moderates a lively panel discussion about the transformative power of public art with Christina Wing Chow, Hamilton Glass, Andre Shank, and Ed Trask, who are among Richmond’s most talented mural artists. 

Mickael Broth, also known as The Night Owl, has painted over two hundred public murals throughout Richmond, the United States and Europe since 2012. He was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in 2008 for his gallery work and has shown widely around the United States. Broth serves on the board of directors for the RVA Street Art Festival and has been instrumental in the curatorial direction of the organization since its formation in 2012.

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Open Office + Ext. 1708
Jan
4
to Jan 19

Open Office + Ext. 1708

Open Office is informed by the concepts, discussions, and inquiries that circumscribe 1708’s 2019 exhibitions. Through a print and online shared research library –in which the gallery will serve as a physical locale– readings and other materials will be available for public exploration and collection. Artists involved in recent and forthcoming exhibitions were invited to provide textual materials that they deemed relevant to their practice, project at 1708, and/or interests. Documents that are part of the curatorial research are provided in addition to artist submissions. Open Office does not intend to establish a fully developed, resolute image of specific upcoming exhibitions; rather by opening the artistic and curatorial research to the public it allows for dynamic and uncertain assemblages of thoughts and trajectories to emerge.

 Ext. 1708 is an online, discursive platform consisting of a journal, archive, and shared research library. As part of and in parallel to Open Office, Ext. 1708 will be re-designed to, at once, be the online component to Open Office, and in the coming months launch again as a fully functioning online journal. This project stems from the exciting programmatic shifts at 1708 while maintaining our commitment to being host to artistic inquiry and public engagement with all forms of creative production.

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Artist Talk: Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor
Jan
3
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Talk: Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor

Candela Gallery is pleased to open 2019 with #InHonor, a solo exhibition by Ervin A. Johnson. Spurred by personal experiences as a queer black man and the killing of black people across America, #InHonor is a series of photographic mixed media portraits that stand as a visceral response to racism and police brutality done to the black body. 

Created out of a need for social practice and in a way to honor Blackness, Johnson began #InHonor around the time of the Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner protests. Influenced by the abstract expressionist movement, Johnson forcibly and fervently removes pigment from the original photographs and meticulously reconstructs the canvas with various layers of skin-toned colorant. The resulting, distressed portraits are arresting, mirroring physical and symbolic gestures of trauma and renegotiation.

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Provocations Performance: Cora Harvey Armstrong
Dec
22
3:00 PM15:00

Provocations Performance: Cora Harvey Armstrong

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

Dubbed the “The Queen of Virginia Gospel Music”, singer and pianist Cora Harvey Armstrong has been delighting audiences for over 40 years. Cora began taking piano lessons at the age of five, and performed gospel music with her sisters and mother as The Harvey Family. Since then, she has toured Europe and Japan, directed the VSU Gospel Chorale, and become an ordained minister. A perennial favorite at the Richmond Folk Festival, she will be performing a selection of gospel classics as part of Rashid Johnson’s “Monument”.

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Provocations Performance: Cora Harvey Armstrong
Dec
21
4:00 PM16:00

Provocations Performance: Cora Harvey Armstrong

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

Dubbed the “The Queen of Virginia Gospel Music”, singer and pianist Cora Harvey Armstrong has been delighting audiences for over 40 years. Cora began taking piano lessons at the age of five, and performed gospel music with her sisters and mother as The Harvey Family. Since then, she has toured Europe and Japan, directed the VSU Gospel Chorale, and become an ordained minister. A perennial favorite at the Richmond Folk Festival, she will be performing a selection of gospel classics as part of Rashid Johnson’s “Monument”.

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Bling It Out 2 SILENT AUCTION AND PARTY
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Bling It Out 2 SILENT AUCTION AND PARTY

  • The Iridian Gallery at Diveristy Richmond (map)
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Back by popular demand, Bling it Out 2 is an artists invitational and upcycled art makerfest and auction, benefitting Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond.

EXHIBITION ON VIEW Dec. 3 - 15

SILENT AUCTION AND PARTY Sat. Dec. 15, 2018 7 - 10 PM

FEATURING UPCYCLED ART BY: Jennifer Basile • Lora Beldon • Jessica Brantley • Sarah Briland • Will Connally • Braxton Congrove Lily Cox-Richards • Sean Donlon • Jena Gilmore • Suzanna Fields • Morgan Herrin • Brooke Inman • Sarah Irvin • Roberto Jamora • Rosemary Jesionowski • Adah Kanter • Blythe King • Charlotte Laurance • Jonathan Lee • Ron Lee • Matt Lively • Chris Mahonski • Megan Lea Mattax • Katie McBride • Aaron McIntosh • Megan Nolde • Chris Norris • Michael A Pierce • Michael-Birch Pierce • Debbie Quick • Travis Robertson • Charlotte Rodenberg • Josh Rodenberg • Jeanne Schlesinger • Jan Shropshire • Tyler Stoll • Circe Strauss • Sayaka Suzuki • Nathan Tersteeg • Francis Thompson • Claire Zitzow

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Provocations Performance: Cole Hicks
Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

Provocations Performance: Cole Hicks

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

Raised in Richmond’s Blackwell neighborhood, Cole Hicks’ parents instilled in her a love of music from a very early age. She displayed precocious talent, calling in to radio rap battles and opening for Lil Wayne at the now shuttered Mansion 534 when she was still a teenager. Now recognized as one of the area’s premier MCs, Cole Hicks released her debut album “Mayday” earlier this year. As part of Rashid Johnson’s “Monument” installation, she will be performing a mix of spoken word, live music, and movement.

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Monster Drawing Rally
Dec
15
12:30 PM12:30

Monster Drawing Rally

This live art-making event is part performance, part art bazaar, and part party. Monster Drawing Rally offers Richmonders the rare opportunity to watch their favorite local artists at work. It consists of 3 one-hour shifts with 20 artists working simultaneously each hour.  Once an artist completes a drawing, it is hung on the wall. Visitors may purchase completed works of art for $65 each. Proceeds support 1708 Gallery.

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GATHER
Dec
14
to Jan 7

GATHER

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 14, 6 to 8PM

Page Bond Gallery presents GATHER, a group exhibition of works by established and emerging artists from Virginia, the region, and beyond. The exhibition will survey a wide range of art practices including sculpture, glass, photo based works, painting and works on paper.

GATHER features the following 20 artists: Luisa Adelfio, Elizabeth Akamatsu, Will Berry, S. Ross Browne, Andrew Campbell, Ann Carneal, Isa Newby Gagarin, Roberto Jamora, Samuel Levi Jones, Kathleen Markowitz, Sarah Mizer,  Tim O’Kane, Charlotte Rodenburg, Fiona Ross, Alyssa Salomon, Peri Schwartz, Erling Sjovold, Sayaka Suzuki, Sarah Boyts Yoder, and Deborah Zlotsky.


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Provocations Performance: Cole Hicks
Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

Provocations Performance: Cole Hicks

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

Raised in Richmond’s Blackwell neighborhood, Cole Hicks’ parents instilled in her a love of music from a very early age. She displayed precocious talent, calling in to radio rap battles and opening for Lil Wayne at the now shuttered Mansion 534 when she was still a teenager. Now recognized as one of the area’s premier MCs, Cole Hicks released her debut album “Mayday” earlier this year. As part of Rashid Johnson’s “Monument” installation, she will be performing a mix of spoken word, live music, and movement.

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Topic Tour: Architecture + Watercolor
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Topic Tour: Architecture + Watercolor

For ICA architect Steven Holl, drawing is a form of thought. Almost 40 years ago he switched to 5″ x 7” watercolors, a format that is easier to travel with and enables him to quickly “shape a volume, cast a shadow, [and] indicate the direction of the sun.

Join the ICA on Second Saturdays for a unique opportunity to explore the architecture of the Markel Center with ICA Director of Facilities, Installation, and Exhibition Design. After the tour, artist Aimee Joyaux will lead an open watercolor activity.



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Atlas Holiday Market
Dec
7
to Dec 14

Atlas Holiday Market

ART 180 is opening its annual pop-up market featuring art, jewelry, crafts, and handmade goods by local artists just in time for gift giving season! 

Shop one-of-a-kind finds while dancing to DJ beats and eating tasty treats by Soul n' Vinegar

Featuring art by Mehmet Sahin Altug, Rashana Barnes-Miller, Kevin Barry, Patricia Bruce, Alexa Buchin, Steven Casanova, Robert Cataldo, Heilbron Rushing-Cooper, Emily Crews, Adriane Dalton, Justice Dwight Elder, Tiffany Ferreira, Casey Freeman, Paula Gillison Artistry, Hamilton Glass, Ian Horwitz, Elaine Jaeger, Aijung Kim, Matt Lively, Taylor Logue, Haley McLaren, H Dee Robertson, Tim Rodgers, Mica Rose, Emma Scarvey, Marving Underwood, and Suzanne Vinson.


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VCU Pollak Building Open House
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

VCU Pollak Building Open House

Visit the Pollak Building at 325 N Harrison Street on Friday, December 7 from 5-8pm to see VCU student artwork during our annual open house exhibition. Catch up with representatives from the departments of Fashion Design + Merchandising, Photography + Film, Interior Design, Graphic Design and the Cinema program.
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For the Love of Art: Amber Esseiva and Making the Everyday Monumental
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

For the Love of Art: Amber Esseiva and Making the Everyday Monumental

It’s not always easy to understand contemporary art. But one way to connect is to learn why other people love it. Join ICA Faculty-in-Residence Chioke I’Anson in discussion with Assistant Curator Amber Esseiva about Pascale Marthine Tayou, one of five artists in the ICA’s current exhibition Hedges, Edges, Dirt.

Tayou takes everyday materials, from street pavers to plastic bags, and reinvisions them as artwork, challenging viewers to think about their immediate surrounding in a new way. Tayou explores ways in which he can stretch his cultural and gendered identity to move beyond the bounds of a singular categorization such as being African or male. By considering himself a citizen of the world, he asks us to think about our perspective on language, politics and global consumption.

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Bling It Out 2
Dec
3
to Dec 15

Bling It Out 2

  • The Iridian Gallery at Diveristy Richmond (map)
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Back by popular demand, Bling it Out 2 is an artists invitational and upcycled art makerfest and auction, benefitting Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond.

EXHIBITION ON VIEW Dec. 3 - 15

SILENT AUCTION AND PARTY Sat. Dec. 15, 2018 7 - 10 PM

FEATURING UPCYCLED ART BY: Jennifer Basile • Lora Beldon • Jessica Brantley • Sarah Briland • Will Connally • Braxton Congrove Lily Cox-Richards • Sean Donlon • Jena Gilmore • Suzanna Fields • Morgan Herrin • Brooke Inman • Sarah Irvin • Roberto Jamora • Rosemary Jesionowski • Adah Kanter • Blythe King • Charlotte Laurance • Jonathan Lee • Ron Lee • Matt Lively • Chris Mahonski • Megan Lea Mattax • Katie McBride • Aaron McIntosh • Megan Nolde • Chris Norris • Michael A Pierce • Michael-Birch Pierce • Debbie Quick • Travis Robertson • Charlotte Rodenberg • Josh Rodenberg • Jeanne Schlesinger • Jan Shropshire • Tyler Stoll • Circe Strauss • Sayaka Suzuki • Nathan Tersteeg • Francis Thompson • Claire Zitzow

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For the Love of Art: Valerie Cassel Oliver and the Intersection of Art and Activism
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

For the Love of Art: Valerie Cassel Oliver and the Intersection of Art and Activism

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Leslie Cheek Theater (map)
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Join Valerie Cassel Oliver and Chioke I’Anson for a discussion on the groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist Howardena Pindell. The conversation will explore how Pindell has moved between figurative and abstract painting in an effort to assert her place as an African American woman in the field of contemporary art. The conversation will also explore Pindell’s work as a curator, educator, and activist, who has sought to challenge traditions of the art world and its barriers to artists of color.

This is a rescheduled event.  Please reserve a new ticket on the VMFA website using the link above. For any questions, please contact us at 804.340.1400 or info@vmfa.museum

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Sparkle Plenty
Nov
29
to Jan 6

Sparkle Plenty

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 29, 5 - 8 PM

Since opening in 2005, Quirk Gallery has hosted Sparkle Plenty, an annual exhibition of art jewelry and one-of-a-kind wearables created by some of today's most notable jewelry artists and metalsmiths. Previous participants have included Erica Bello, Ashley Buchanan, Liz Clark, Sonya Clark, Kat Cole, Nikki Couppee, Daniel DiCaprio, Susie Ganch, Arthur Hash, Yuni Kim Lang, Tara Locklear, Lauren Markley, Meghan Patrice Riley, Emily Rogstad, Myung Urso, and Aric Verrastro (among others). Some of the past Sparkle Plenty exhibitions have featured imaginative installations or have been curated around a specific theme.

This year's exhibition features work from six artists, most of whom will be a part of Sparkle Plenty for the very first time. 

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 Provocations Performance: Michael Demps
Nov
23
to Nov 24

Provocations Performance: Michael Demps

TWO PERFORMANCES: Thursday, Nov 23, 4:00PM and Friday, November 24, 3:00PM

Michael Demps is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and DJ. A graduate of the Yale School of Art, he now serves on the sculpture faculty at VCUarts, and was recently included in “Fictions”, an exhibition of emerging artists at The Studio Museum in Harlem. His sculptures have incorporated candle wax, magnetic marbles, rock salt, and low frequency sounds. His performance as part of Rashid Johnson’s “Monument” will draw on his experiences as a vinyl collector, with a collection that numbers over 5,000 records.

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Bizarre Market
Nov
23
to Dec 24

Bizarre Market

It’s our favorite time of year: a full month of handmade Bizarre Market magic at Chop Suey Books in Carytown! 

Featuring the snuggly, sparkly, oh-so-gifty goodness of 50+ local vendors, this pop-up is set up and managed by market elves from November 23rd to December 24th in the upstairs gallery of the book store. Ceramics, jewelry, housewares, toys, knitted goods, and magical bits and bobs of all kinds abound. 

If you want a literally one-of-a-kind gift, check out the Tiny Auction, where each (tiny) item is made just for us and proceeds benefit Richmond Young Writers!



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InLIGHT
Nov
16
to Nov 17

InLIGHT

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (map)
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Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a FREE, public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, and kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. 

InLight 2018 will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 7PM to Midnight AND on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 7pm to 10PM, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. And in recognition of 1708 Gallery's 40th Anniversary, InLight 2018 will focus on ideas of Community.

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