No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Mar
30
to Jan 21

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. The thriving temporary metropolis known as Burning Man is a hotbed of artistic ingenuity, driving innovation through its principles of radical self-expression, decommodification, communal participation, and reverence for the handmade. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man remains one of the most influential phenomenons in contemporary American art and culture.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

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Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen
Jun
21
to Jan 6

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen

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Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen is a mid-career survey, the first exhibition to present Paglen’s early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects and new work with AI. It carries on the long history of programs by the Smithsonian American Art Museum examining America’s changing relationship to the landscape. With this presentation, SAAM is contributing to the important and ongoing conversation about privacy and surveillance in contemporary society.

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Monumental: Richmond’s Monuments (1607-2018)
Jul
4
to Jan 2

Monumental: Richmond’s Monuments (1607-2018)

Since Christopher Newport’s expedition planted a cross on the banks of the James River in 1607, Richmonders have marked the landscape to reflect their collective values. Monumental will look at the historical context of public monuments in Richmond, and the Valentine is excited to build on its role as a space to engage in meaningful, sometimes uncomfortable discussions about what we have chosen to commemorate and what we have chosen to forget.

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Sense of Humor
Jul
15
to Jan 6

Sense of Humor

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Drawn from the National Gallery of Art’s collection of prints and drawings, Sense of Humor celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics. The exhibition includes major works by Pieter Breughel the Elder, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco de Goya, and Honoré Daumier, as well as later examples by Alexander Calder, Red Grooms, Saul Steinberg, Art Spiegelman, and the Guerrilla Girls. 

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Ezra Wube: Tales of Home
Jul
22
to Dec 30

Ezra Wube: Tales of Home

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Ezra Wube: Tales of Home presents a group of five stop-motion animation videos of New York-based, Ethiopian artist Ezra Wube. The shorts feature vignettes about urban life in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and visual depictions of Ethiopian oral folktales. The artist uses a range of material, including paint, paper cut-outs, seeds, plants, and photography, to create intriguing films highlighting daily life in Ethiopia’s largest city and fantastical, oral folk tales from the artist’s youth.

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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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Rachel Whiteread
Sep
16
to Jan 13

Rachel Whiteread

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As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963), this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist’s 30 year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects, and several new works on view for the first time. The exhibition also features the wide range of materials utilized by the artist from plaster to rubber, concrete, resin, and paper. Ranging in scale and effect from the monumental to the modest, Whiteread’s sculptures memorialize everyday objects, domestic interiors, and public spaces. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st. Co-organized with Tate Britain, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by the exhibition’s curators, an interview with the artist, and additional scholarly essays.

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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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when the water rises: recent paintings by Julie Heffernan
Sep
22
to Dec 30

when the water rises: recent paintings by Julie Heffernan

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Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-political environment. Intricately wrought, Heffernan’s paintings evoke the fantastical allegory of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt.

Julie Heffernan received her MFA in Painting from Yale and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Heffernan has received numerous grants including an NEA, NYFA, and Fullbright Fellowship and is in the collection of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by P.P.O.W  in New York and Catharine Clark in San Francisco. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.

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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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Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection
Sep
29
to Jan 21

Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection

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Celebrating the Freer|Sackler’s recent acquisition of a major Japanese photography collection, this exhibition features a selection of works by groundbreaking twentieth-century photographers. Whether capturing evocative landscapes or the gritty realities of postwar Japan, this presentation focuses on Japanese artists’ search for a sense of place in a rapidly changing country. The images highlight destinations both rural and urban, in styles ranging from powerful social documentary to intensely personal. A selection of photobooks and experimental films adds to this multifaceted exploration. 

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Nordic Impressions: Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821–2018
Oct
13
to Jan 13

Nordic Impressions: Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821–2018

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Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe, and Greenland. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition. While the question of what constitutes a distinctively Nordic art has been a constant debate, the art in the exhibition retains a certain mystique and focus on themes that have held a special place in Nordic culture for centuries: light and darkness, inner life and exterior space, the coalescence of nature and folklore, and women’s rights and social liberalism.

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Hedges, Edges, Dirt
Oct
17
to Jan 6

Hedges, Edges, Dirt

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Hedges, Edges, Dirt presents new and recent work by Abbas Akhavan, Jonathas de Andrade, David Hartt, Julianne Swartz, and Pascale Marthine Tayou. Each artist will show a single project or body of work that explores how we relate to our surroundings and to each other, when rooted in place or in transition. Through a range of aesthetic approaches and global perspectives, these artists pose pointed questions, including: What does it mean to perceive ourselves and others as native or non-native, as welcome guests or invasive species? How do we navigate tangible and intangible boundaries? How do expressions of power, dominance, and vulnerability permeate our experience of place, self, and others? This international group of artists deploy play, beauty, and poetry to complicate and reimagine relationships among nature and culture, bodies and spaces.

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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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Leigh Suggs: THIS OR THAT IS HERE, OR THERE
Nov
2
to Dec 21

Leigh Suggs: THIS OR THAT IS HERE, OR THERE

Reynolds Gallery presents Leigh Suggs’ exhibition, This or That is Here, or There, a series of recent cut-paper works. The North Carolina-born artist received her BFA from UNC Chapel Hill in 2003 and currently resides in Richmond, where she received her MFA in Craft / Material Studies from VCUarts in 2015. Suggs has mounted exhibitions at Reynolds Gallery, Quirk Gallery, and Anderson Gallery, all, Richmond, VA; LIGHT Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC; The Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC; Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, NC; Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; and The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, WI.  She has been awarded several grants and honors, including the North Carolina Fellowship Award and a residency at the Quirk Hotel & Gallery.

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Heidi Trepanier: RESIDUE
Nov
2
to Dec 21

Heidi Trepanier: RESIDUE

Reynolds Gallery presents Residue, an exhibition of recent paintings and c-prints by Heide Trepanier. Trepanier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she has held adjunct professor positions. She has received multiple accolades, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2011), VMFA Professional Fellowships (2009 and 2002), and The Theresa Pollak Fine Art Award (2004).


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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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SANFORD BOND: PLANAR ASSEMBLAGES FURNITURE AND OTHER WORKS
Nov
8
to Jan 6

SANFORD BOND: PLANAR ASSEMBLAGES FURNITURE AND OTHER WORKS

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The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design presents Planar Assemblages: Furniture and Other Works, fascinating sculptures of the accomplished Architect Sandy Bond. Bond’s focus on materials in his architectural projects is translated into his sculptural works where he uses common industrial materials such as: structural steel, glass, wood, plexiglas or concrete. Each work is a spatial exploration done in the abstract.

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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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Studio Two Three Holiday Showcase + Group Exhibition at Quirk
Nov
15
to Dec 30

Studio Two Three Holiday Showcase + Group Exhibition at Quirk

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 15, 5 - 8 PM


Quirk and Studio Two Three are delighted to announce their inaugural holiday showcase and group exhibition. Visit The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel throughout the season for a joyful abundance of work by the artists of Studio Two Three. All prints are editioned and ready to go home with you !

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

Provocations Performance: Cora Harvey Armstrong

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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
22
3:00 PM15:00

Provocations Performance: Cora Harvey Armstrong

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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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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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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

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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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Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor
Feb
16
5:00 PM17:00

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

Provocations Performance: Cole Hicks

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

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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 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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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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54th annual Craft + Design
Nov
16
to Nov 18

54th annual Craft + Design

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond welcomes over 150 artists to Craft + Design this year. The 54-year-old contemporary craft show, presented by Altria Group, takes place at Main Street Station’s train shed on the weekend of Nov. 16-18, 2018.

Spend three days shopping the work of more than 150 artists who specialize in ceramics, metal, glass, wood, fiber and recycled materials. All proceeds from Craft + Design benefit the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

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Topic Tour: Architecture + Watercolor
Nov
10
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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A View from the Forest: The Power of Southern Kuba Initiation Rites and Masks
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

A View from the Forest: The Power of Southern Kuba Initiation Rites and Masks

Join Dr. David Binkley, art historian, for a talk that explores the importance of initiation rites and masks for the Southern Kuba from three perspectives: the significance of the forest as the place where male initiation rites take place; the importance of male authority; and the acquisition of secret knowledge, including mask making.

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Conversation with artist David Hartt and political scientist Ravi Perry
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Conversation with artist David Hartt and political scientist Ravi Perry

Hedges, Edges, Dirt exhibiting artist David Hartt presents on a series of his projects that deal with urbanism and democracy, including Negative Space, on view at the ICA. VCU Political Science Professor Ravi Perry responds from his perspective as a political scientist. A moderated Q+A with ICA’s Chief Curator Stephanie Smith follows.

David Hartt creates work that unpacks the social, cultural, and economic complexities of his various subjects. He explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time. Born in Montréal in 1967, he lives and works in Philadelphia where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ravi Perry’s broad research interests focus on an evolving and prolific take on issues facing African-Americans in the US. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Perry holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a MA and PhD from Brown University, each in political science. 

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Visiting Curator Lecture: Eugenie Tsai
Nov
5
2:30 PM14:30

Visiting Curator Lecture: Eugenie Tsai

  • Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
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Eugenie Tsai joined the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2007 as John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. She has presented a number of exhibitions highlighting the contemporary collection. She has also organized exhibitions including Sanford Biggers. Sweet Funk – An Introspective; Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden; LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital; The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013; Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories; Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (organized with Ru Hockley); and Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

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Nocturne: new paintings by B Millner &amp; Voyage: paintings by Robin Braun
Nov
2
to Dec 1

Nocturne: new paintings by B Millner & Voyage: paintings by Robin Braun

Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present Voyage: paintings by Robin Braun and Nocturne: new paintings by B Millner. B. Millner completed his undergraduate studies at Davidson College and earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina. His retirement from a career in business was illuminated by his shift to art making. Early on he tackled sculpture and more recently his practice has taken a deep dive into realist painting. He splits his studio time between Virginia and Maine, animating the canvas with the scenes of urban and rural architecture and waterscapes. In his newest body of work, he plays with shadows, light and reflection in night scenes that showcase architectural features often missed in daylight. The rain-swept street scenes offer a photorealistic quality, where figures sometimes appear as a natural component of the urban landscape.

Maryland native Robin Braun earned an MFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 1997, her B.A. at St. John’s College and she completed coursework at The San Francisco Art Institute. Having grown up by the water, she is always thinking about the ocean with a particular investment in the “moods of the sea.” In Braun’s work a funnel cloud appears gentle as it meets the sea, and waves battered by the eye of a hurricane seem unexpectedly peaceful.  “The ocean is never far from my thoughts and is constantly in my dreams,” Braun says, “It can be ruthless and it can be supremely calm.” Robin Braun lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.



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 Cece Cole: Projection Studies and Patrick Thorne: Dumb Company
Nov
2
to Nov 24

Cece Cole: Projection Studies and Patrick Thorne: Dumb Company

ada gallery presents Projection Studies, a contemplative exploration of light, shadow, form, and function by Cece Cole. The title refers to the presentation of an image and the art school terminology for problem-solving and compositional planning.

Patrick Thorne’s Dumb Company features over 100 works on paper and is Patrick’s first color show with ada gallery.

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Artist Talk + Screening: Jonathas de Andrade
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk + Screening: Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade is based in Recife, Brazil and works with installations, photography, and video to explore the borders between fact and fiction. De Andrade’s films often respond to the geography and culture surrounding Recife, a city in the northeast region of Brazil. De Andrade will screen and discuss three works O Peixe (The fish), 2016, on view in Hedges Edges Dirt, as well as O Caseiro (The Housekeeper), 2016; O Levante (The Uprising), 2012-2013. 

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Tom Chambers: Hearts and Bones and Steve Hedberg: Confluence
Nov
1
to Dec 1

Tom Chambers: Hearts and Bones and Steve Hedberg: Confluence

Steve Hedberg paddled the James River in 2017 (all 320 passable miles of it) and painted his experience in Confluence. He presents a series of paintings, photographs, riverbank sketches and a multimedia installation in his sixth solo show at glave kocen gallery.

Photomontager Tom Chambers celebrates his life's work through a retrospective exhibit and book release, Hearts and Bones, which is Tom's first comprehensive collection spanning his career.


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Anne Arden McDonald: ATOM / PLANET
Nov
1
to Dec 15

Anne Arden McDonald: ATOM / PLANET

Candela Gallery is pleased to present ATOM | PLANET, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist, Anne Arden McDonald. Within this series McDonald creates photographic works imbued with celestial and atomic aesthetics. Approaching her darkroom process like a sort of alchemy, McDonald captures a dialogue nebulously drifting between mediums by testing materials and techniques through experimentation, noting variables, and observing the results, and amending processes. 

Completely camera-less and without a conventional negative, McDonald layers nontraditional materials like bleach, clusters of soap bubbles, and/or hundreds of household spices and cleaners, steering the creation of these unconventional images. Each unconventional photogram is further manipulated through a series of techniques - scrubbing, evaporating or decaying - illustrating the circuitous nature of life, death, and what comes after. The resulting photographs, with a rather magnificent spherical quality, are McDonald's manifestation of both the macro- and micro-cosmos within our universe.

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And light followed the flight of sound: One Day Projects Exhibition + Book Release
Nov
1
to Dec 15

And light followed the flight of sound: One Day Projects Exhibition + Book Release

GALLERY TALK + BOOK RELEASE: Thursday, November 1, 5:00 - 8:00pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 2, 5:00 - 9:00pm

Candela Gallery is pleased to announce it's second collaboration with One Day Projects founder and creators, Eliot Dudik & Jared Ragland. One Day Projects promotes creative dialogue by challenging artists to collaboratively produce and publish innovative projects within a 24-hour time period. And light followed the flight of sound is their third collaborative artist book inspired by both the natural wonder and symbolic possibilities of the 2017 solar eclipse. The book features photographs by 52 artists and is presented as a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine and essay. 

Candela Gallery will exhibit the book alongside a selection of works by 23 artists from the project.

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Sedrick Chisom: Fountainhead Fellow Lecture
Oct
31
12:00 PM12:00

Sedrick Chisom: Fountainhead Fellow Lecture

  • Bowe Street Parking Deck, Room 535 (map)
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Sedrick Chisom (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) is a painter and writer who lives and works in New York. His paintings reference the racialized idioms of Victorian Fantasy illustration, and use the romantic landscape as a site where the apocalyptic narratives of white supremacy, Christianity, and climate change intersect — a scenario in which most of the built environment has been obliterated and transformed into a toxic, hallucinatory wasteland.

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UNTAMED: Costumed Gala Benefit
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

UNTAMED: Costumed Gala Benefit

The ICA’s largest fundraiser of the year, UNTAMED will attract prominent community members, supporters, and art lovers from around the region and is timed to coincide with the opening of two new exhibitions, Hedges, Edges, Dirt, and Provocations: Rashid Johnson. The wild and organic nature of these two exhibitions will inspire a magical evening filled with enchanting cuisine, décor, and entertainment.

Proceeds support the ICA’s mission to present the art of our time, offer free admission and programming, and provide an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and throughout the world.

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Massa Lemu, He Who Gave Us Teeth Should Give You Art to See: A Patois Bourgeois P.arty Manifesto
Oct
26
to Dec 8

Massa Lemu, He Who Gave Us Teeth Should Give You Art to See: A Patois Bourgeois P.arty Manifesto

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 26, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

1708 Gallery presents He Who Gave Us Teeth Should Give You Art to See: A Patois Bourgeois P.arty Manifesto, an exhibition by Massa Lemu.

It is election season in Lemu’s home country, Malawi. This is the time when the elites, whom Lemu calls the patois bourgeoisie, finally descend from their ivory towers and get busy in the dirt in campaigns for the people’s votes. The incumbents in power seek to renew their tenure, while other aspirants fight for their turn.

He Who Gave Us Teeth Should Give You Art to See: A Patois Bourgeois Party Manifesto will simulate a postcolonial election campaign platform for the Patois Bourgeois P.arty. Extending from his project “Patois Bourgeois Minor Portraits” the title plays with the words ‘petty’ and ‘patois’; the label alludes to the idea of the postcolonial bourgeoisie as a hybrid product of Western and African values. The installation is comprised of the requisite, preposterous, and necessary accoutrements of the political promotional performance. Grandiose and absurd sculptural elements critique the vulnerable persona of the political elite. As an activity of decolonization, Lemu both ratifies and undermines the already unstable election process.

Massa Lemu is a Malawian artist and writer whose multi-disciplinary practice features text, performance and installations. Lemu is currently assistant professor of sculpture in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.



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Lauren Woods: Lecture
Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Lauren Woods: Lecture

Lauren Woods is a conceptual artist whose hybrid media projects engage history as a lens by which to view the socio-politics of the present. Challenging the tradition of documentary/ethnography as objective, she creates ethno-fictive documents that investigate invisible dynamics in society, remixing memory and imagining other possibilities. She also explores how traditional monument-making can be translated into new contemporary models of commemoration, substituting the traditional marble and granite for new media.

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