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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
OPENING RECEPTION and ARTIST TALK: Friday, April 12, 5:30 to 8:30pm (artist talk at 5:30).
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond presents the exhibition, “The Color of No,” which showcases more than 40 tapestries produced by artist Susan Iverson over the last five years. The exhibition runs from through June 2, 2019.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 18th, 5-8pm
In The Name of Hope' is intended to bring comfort in a time of emotional pain, sorrow, and tragedy. Loss, displacement, and hope are some of the subjects that regenerate me. Ana Rendich’s use of silicone, oils, and resins inherently implies transparency. The colors are set as a healing tool, placed with softness and sentiment (without being sentimental). This exhibition is not about the attention to color itself, but rather, it is a meditation on emotions, relationships, and feelings that take root and grow as in nature; essential to the development of the soul. Despite the subject matter, the paintings in this exhibition are meant to be uplifting, their subjects serene and ultimately defiant of their circumstances.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 26th, 5-8pm
For you (and me) is a collection of new paintings, drawings, and objects. This body of work was created through playing with bold colors and utilizing different papers/surfaces. It’s a showcase of fruits, florals, and/or items you might find in your kitchen, garden, or cupboard, alongside various dreamed-up phenomenon.
Sami Cronk is a mixed media artist based in Richmond, Virginia. Her process focuses on the connection between illustration and 3D objects, color palettes, and mark making. Inspiration for her work comes from day-to-day moments, material studies, animals, children’s books, plants, shapes, and nostalgia.
Power down, unplug, and join a voyage into the visionary art of Tibetan Buddhism. The journey from clamor to contemplation unfolds as you progress through a series of immersive spaces, engaging with spectacular art along the way. Nearly 100 objects, both historical and contemporary, are drawn largely from two of the country’s most extraordinary collections of Himalayan art: the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
PREVIEW RECEPTION + ARTIST TALK: Thursday, May 2nd, 5 - 8 pm
Dear Leader is a multimedia exhibition that casts a light on the existential weight of nuclear proliferation and the harrowing threat of nuclear violence. These fears generate a deep undercurrent of uncertainty that rests underneath our daily lives. The participating artists seek to provide personal reflections on the past and ask us to consider, if just for the moment, the present and future concerns of nuclear proliferation against our current geopolitical landscape. Eight artists - Linda Alterwitz, Takashi Arai, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Kei Ito, Michael Light, Noah Scalin, Paul Shambroom, Elin O’Hara Slavick - blurring the line between art and activism, survey the magnitude of this subject from different vantages.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm
The Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present Synchronous a selection of new work by Isa Newby Gagarin. In her new series of mixed media paintings, Synchronous, the upcoming solo exhibition of multidisciplinary artist, Isa Newby Gagarin (Minneapolis, MN), Gagarin explores forms of visual fragmentation and continuity through color relationships that personify sonic or musical qualities translated over diptychs, triptychs and series of works. This synesthetic inquiry meditates upon color as a constantly changing perceptual experience—an impermanence relative to phenomena of astronomy such as eclipses, tides and celestial orbit.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm
Transitory ... Fleeting moments of change, love, light and color. Richmond painter Ed Trask has always evolved as an artist but this exhibit is a sea change incorporating muted palates, intense line work, and dissolving imagery.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm
The Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present: Diurnal Rhythms, a selection of new work by Karen Blair. Why paint?” asks Karen Blair, musing upon the evolution of the rendered image. From the marvels of ancient cave paintings, the master works of da Vinci, to the shifting tableaux of Bill Viola’s digital portraits in the new media age, Blair views her role as a contemporary artist as that of a mediator of sorts—to “sift through the accumulation, rearrange it and make it both coherent and beautiful.” Given the shifting scales of historical, aesthetic and technological continuities, Blair sees her paintings as “hieroglyphs” edited from the surplus of our present cultural overload. Blair’s works evolve over months, layering information in measures that are “added, obscured, and reemphasized”. In this way, Blair’s paintings exist as narratives shaped by the same mechanisms of History in our informational and visual worlds.
Amy Tavern, “And the ground will move anyway” is currently on view at Quirk Gallery through June 23rd, 2019. Amy Tavern is an interdisciplinary artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally with solo shows in the United States, Belgium, Sweden, and Iceland. She has taught and lectured across the country and in Europe, and her work as a metalsmith has been included in numerous publications, most notably, the cover of Metalsmith Magazine. A believer in phenomenology, her work begins with direct experience and, although autobiographical, refers to the human condition, emotion and memory, and the passing of time. Using labor-intensive methods, Amy translates recollection through drawing, photography, sculpture, animation, and video.
1708 is pleased to present Infrapolitics, an exhibition by Alan Ruiz. Reflexively engaging the physical and institutional conditions of 1708, Infrapolitics explores the systems through which power, in its literal and symbolic form, is distributed across spatial, social, and economic networks. Working with raw materials of the urban landscape – metal, glass, and electric light – Ruiz’s approach points to a complex mapping of the space between the aesthetic and political dimensions of the globalized built environment.
Visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for an exhibition of works by photographer Carl Chiarenza, on view in the Photography Gallery May 17–Nov. 12, 2019. Born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Rochester, New York, Chiarenza’s interest in photography developed early in his childhood. His black and white photographs, which often contain elements of collage, have continued to challenge notions of landscape, abstraction, visitor perspective, and the very medium of photography itself.
Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in the way people experience and understand art of the 20th and 21st centuries. These works are presented in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters for visitors.
Come to Make it Rain(bow) and be a part of the artists, makers, dreamers and doers that are Studio Two Three! Join Studio Two Three for a night of music, food, drinks, fun, live artist demos a grab-n-go $25 art wall of stuff you can’t get anywhere else.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; tickets include cocktails, appetizers, and the warm fuzzy feeling of doing something awesome for your community. All proceeds benefit Studio Two Three.
Join ART 180 for a neighborhood block party to celebrate youth voices and their visual and performing art at The 15th Annual Really BIG Show! On the night of the 7th, ART 180 is shutting down the surrounding streets and filling it with beautiful youth art, food trucks, dancing, live musical performances, games, and more in the Arts & Cultural District.
Join Glave Kocen Gallery for the opening of Donna Cameron “Emulsify” on June 7th, 2019 at 6pm. This multi media artist/ educator has shown at The MOMA to the Ca' Rezzonico in Venice, Italy. Glave Kocen Gallery is thrilled to host her first exhibit with them in their "Under the Rafters" series.
This exhibition is on view from June 7th through 29th, 2019.
Join ICA for the opening celebration of two new exhibitions, Corin Hewitt: Shadows are to Shade and Summer Sessions: Commonwealth.
6pm/ Doors + galleries open, complimentary food, music, cash bar*
6:30pm/ Artist Talk with Corin Hewitt (Auditorium)
7pm/ Provocations Performance: Marcus Tenney (Gallery 4)
8pm/ Introduction to Summer Sessions (Gallery 1)
8-10pm/ Food and drink for purchase*
*ICA Members at the Plus and Premier levels will receive complimentary beverages throughout the evening.
This evening brings together Oakwood Arts mentors, community members, and new and old friends to raise funding for Oakwood Arts programs. This year, the work of a diverse group of international artists will once again be highlighted alongside emerging local artists who work with Oakwood Arts.