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

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

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

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

Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held

  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond (map)
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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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The Human Comedy: Prints and Drawings by Isabel Bishop
Sep
14
to Apr 19

The Human Comedy: Prints and Drawings by Isabel Bishop

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

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

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

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum (map)
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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

  • Institute for Contemporary Art (map)
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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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Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia
Oct
27
to Apr 14

Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia

  • Virginia Museum of History and Culture (map)
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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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Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Nov
4
to Aug 18

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

  • National Portrait Gallery (map)
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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

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (map)
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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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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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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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Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers
Jan
17
to May 10

Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers

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

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

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

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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 Art of Freedom
Jan
19
to May 19

The Art of Freedom

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

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

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JARED CLARK : NEW WORK 
Jan
31
to Feb 23

JARED CLARK : NEW WORK 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman: Surface Tension, Surface Tenses

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

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

Surface Tension, Surface Tenses by Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion

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

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

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The Afterlife of Jim Crow
Feb
15
to Mar 23

The Afterlife of Jim Crow

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

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

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

Dialogues: Irena Haiduk + Martine Syms

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
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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

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
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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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Pop América, 1965-1975
Feb
21
to Jul 21

Pop América, 1965-1975

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

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

VCU Graduate Open Studios

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will Berry: Color - Caste - Denomination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Transposition
Feb
22
to Apr 19

Transposition

Presented by Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery at the Highpoint

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

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


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

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

Black is the Color

Leslie Cheek Theater. Free (tickets required)

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

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

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

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

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

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

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

33rd Annual Collectors' Night, Presented by Dominion Energy

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



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

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black is the Color

Leslie Cheek Theater. Free (tickets required)

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

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

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

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

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

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ART STYLE DESIGN Richmond
Feb
16
to Feb 17

ART STYLE DESIGN Richmond

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

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

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

Opening Reception: The Afterlife of Jim Crow

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

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

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

Opening Reception: VCU Art History Student Curated Shows

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

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

Black is the Color

Leslie Cheek Theater. Free (tickets required)

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

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

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

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

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

Artist Talk with Glenn Ligon

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

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

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

OPEN STUDIO SUNDAY: Public Art Project with Hamilton Glass

Free, no tickets required, WestRock Art Education Center 

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

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

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Cabin Fever
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Cabin Fever

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ltd. 2019 - Print-Based Exhibition
Jan
31
to Feb 2

Ltd. 2019 - Print-Based Exhibition

What better way to kick off 2019 than with the return of Endeavor RVA’s annual “Ltd.” Print-Based Exhibition. Open Thursday, January 31st to Saturday, Feb. 2nd. Ltd. 2019 will feature 4 sets of live music and handmade prints of all mediums from 24 artists.

Exhibition Schedule: Thursday 1/31 - Preview Show 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Friday 2/1 - First Fridays Exhibition 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 2/2 - Open House Viewing 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Featured Artists:
Susane K. Arnold, Tanner Ashton, Kate Baselj, Chase Beasley, Diana Vasquez Becerra, Casey Criddle, Jamie Douglas, Alice Anne Ellis, Dana Frostic, Madison Hall, Ian C. Hess, Brooke Inman, Erek Jones, Jake Lahah. Jonathan Lee, Kira Ratliff, Luis Navas-Reyes, Ramona Martinez, Ian Mondragon, Joanna Pottle, Cosima Storz, Sophie Treppendahl, Abigail Wilson. Jeannie Wermuth.

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ARTISTS TALK :  Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman
Jan
31
12:30 PM12:30

ARTISTS TALK : Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman

ARTIST’S LECTURE: Thursday, January 31, 12:30PM

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

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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

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

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

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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Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Confetti: Community Conversations, The Art of Freedom

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

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

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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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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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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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Drifter History: Works by Chris Mahonski
Jan
12
to Feb 17

Drifter History: Works by Chris Mahonski

  • Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at Old Dominion Univeristy (map)
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Drifter History is an immersive installation in which the artist transforms the gallery into a field of walking staffs. Guests are invited to meander and experience connections between walking and anxieties of environmental change, departures and arrivals, and mixing identities and origins.

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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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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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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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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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In Dialogue: Paul Ryan, Paintings 1985 – 2018
Jan
7
to Feb 7

In Dialogue: Paul Ryan, Paintings 1985 – 2018

  • Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin University (map)
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Paul Ryan writes about his 33-year survey, dual venue exhibition on view at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery and at the Staunton Augusta Art Center galleries in the Smith Center: “The work in this exhibition represents five series of paintings completed between 1987 and 2018. Additionally, two paintings from my graduate school years are included — one from 1985 and the other from 1986 — as this time was vital to my development as an artist interested in aesthetics and art’s conceptual capacity. The title of the show, In Dialogue, refers to my belief that art is always engaged in conversation — with the artist, the viewer, with other art, the art world, and with the larger world. I decided on a synchronous installation rather than a chronological one for two reasons: the exhibition is at two different venues, and a chronological installation would have perhaps suggested too much of a divide, possibly implying a significant break where there is none; and a synchronous installation offers more playful and surprising juxtapositions, though at the risk of the installation looking like a group show.”

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