On view are Chinese textiles from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), circa late nineteenth century-early twentieth century, and includes a range of silk objects: robes, rank badges, clothing, panels, and children’s apparel.
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.
Origami in the Garden is an exhibition of larger-than-life outdoor sculpture inspired by the art of paper folding. Santa Fe artist Kevin Box collaborates with his wife, Jennifer Box and origami masters Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander to celebrate the art of origami in museum quality sculpture and educational programming.
In the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, view 16 vignettes, featuring 21 sculptures. In the Library, explore four unfolded wall hangings displayed with the four corresponding folded origami pieces.
Lynchburg folk artist and Amherst County native Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall (1887 – 1980) began painting at the age of 62. Her meticulously detailed paintings document life in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and record the endless, life-sustaining chores of a country farm; joys of family at home, work, and prayer; and customs and events of her community. Stovall’s work depicts the daily activities of rural Virginians including imagery of her African American neighbors and earned her the titles of “Grandma Moses of Virginia” and a “southern memory painter.” She is one of the American folk painters whose work is an invaluable visual history of a way of life that, because of social and economic changes, no longer exists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, August 9, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Sophie Treppendahl's newest solo show, Skinnydip Daydreams And A Striped Shirt, opens in Quirk's Pink Gallery on Thursday, August 9 and continues through October 14.
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.
Selected by the visual arts faculty, the exhibition features works by visual media and arts practice majors and minors along with non-majors enrolled in beginning through advanced art classes during the University’s 2017-2018 academic year.
The exhibition presents more than 120 photographs by Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958). Ranging in date from 1903 to 1946, the exhibition includes his earliest photographs with later works from his career, demonstrating similarities as well as refinement in subject matter, style, and aesthetic exploration. Comparing Weston’s photographs created when he was a teenager through his early 20s with his later masterworks, it demonstrates the evolution of his singular vision, finding essential forms in his subjects and perfecting his hallmark sense of composition.
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.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 24, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring: abstract and figurative works by Wingchow, drawings by Lauren Scavo, a showcase of work by artists from Studio Two Three, collage by Andy Harris, and works in all media by artspace Artist Members.
CLOSING ARTIST TALKS: Sunday, September 23, 2:00PM
Free and Open to the Public
The work of groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist Howardena Pindell opens this August in VMFA’s Evans Court and 21st-Century Galleries. For nearly five decades, Howardena Pindell has explored the intersection of art and activism. This exhibition looks at the arc of this artist’s career through the presentation of early and recent paintings, video art, as well as works on paper that celebrate her singular vision and its imprint on contemporary art since the 1960s.
This exhibition is the first major survey of the New York-based artist. It features early figurative paintings, her explorations into abstraction and conceptual practices, as well as personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. Sub-themes in the exhibition—such as pre-1979, memoirist, traveler, activist, and scientist—help trace themes and visual experiments that run throughout Pindell’s work up to the present.
ARTIST RECEPTION: Thursday, September 6, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Richmond-based artist, Kendra Dawn Wadsworth will exhibit her newest work in an upcoming solo exhibition at Quirk Gallery opening August 30. Extension includes recent sculpture and raku ceramics as well as recent captivating paintings. The physicality of engagement with material stimulates her process. Throwing, pouring, scraping, slapping, deconstructing, and reconstructing excites and energizes me, and propels experimentation and the search for meaning in mark and form.
Organized by Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu is a spectacular collection of Mehretu’s work in the medium of printmaking. Best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, Mehretu layers maps, urban planning grids and architectural renderings with whorls of abstract markings and bright, colorful shapes. In her catalog essay, Siri Engberg traces this visual vocabulary back to Mehretu’s graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where she first worked with intaglio printmaking and was inspired by the necessity of breaking imagery down into its component layers. Since that time, the artist has experimented with many processes including chine collé, screenprinting and lithography. Mehretu has completed collaborative projects at professional printmaking studios across the country, among them Highpoint Editions, where she produced Entropia (review) and Entropia: Construction.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Etherpaint features figurative paintings that explore the solarization and inversion effect of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor technology that occurs with a malfunctioning or tilted screen. This image distortion that is furthered in the painting process becomes a metaphor for the overexposure and colonization of black female bodies that persists in popular culture, music, and pornography.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 6, 6:00 - 8:00 PM ARTIST TALK: Saturday, October 6, 11:00 AM
1708 Gallery opens its 40th Anniversary season with Yo Bruce: Gerald Donato and Bruce Wilhelm. Curated by Bruce Wilhelm, Yo Bruce features drawings, sketches, and works on paper by Gerald Donato, one of 1708’s founding artists. This exhibition glimpses the irreverence, humor and pathos, as well as the iconography, for which Donato was known. The roguish characteristics present in these works are reminiscent of the defiant spirit that inspired these artists to form 1708 Gallery.
Also featuring works by Wilhelm, one of Donato’s cherished students, Yo Bruce also celebrates the relationships between teacher and student and highlights the significant role that arts educators and mentors have played across 1708’s history.
New York City-based artist Elissa Levy showcases her experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques that blur mediums and genres. Levy presents prints, collages and sculpture using materials ranging from fabric and leather to aluminum.
This solo exhibition, guest curated by Lauren Ross, marks the culmination of a Quirk+VisArts Artist-In-Residence Program undertaken over the course of spring and summer 2018. New work is being made by the artist in collaboration with Richmond teaching artists and fabricators, including local laser engraving studio, BIG SECRET.
David Douglas creates large-scale landscapes using a combination of photography, drawing, and painting. Pieces read as unified photographic images, but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear in the details that there’s a lot more at play. Douglas often layers dozens of photographs in each piece, blending all the different elements together by working and re-working areas with paints, varnishes, and drawing tools to create dream-like landscapes. It’s possible to get lost in the details of each piece, but take a step back and the landscape itself will transport you.
A native of Northern Virginia, David Douglas has works in numerous public, private, and corporate collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Chrysler Museum, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the Academy Art Museum. His work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Virginia and beyond.
Mary Page Evans paints her landscapes en plein air, observing and capturing not only the physical aspects of a place but the energy and atmosphere as well. She brings skies and fields alive with generous, painterly strokes of oil on canvas or gestural inks and pastels on paper. Inspired by Cezanne and Hans Hoffman, Evans “lets color determine the structure and create the space” in her works. The joy Evans experiences in the painting process and the natural world is evident in her expressionistic landscapes.
Since the early 1970s, Mary Page Evans’s work has been the focus of numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries, art museums, and universities as well as in United States Embassies around the world. Her work is in the collections of several public and corporate collections such as the DuPont Company, MBNA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALKS: Thursday, September 6, 7-9pm
Candela Gallery presents CHANNELS, featuring photographs and mixed media works by Courtney Johnson, Lisa Kokin, and Willie Anne Wright. The exhibition features three artists whose work evokes a transformative experience; each imbued with elements of salt, filament, or flora to create new forms.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7, 6 - 9 PM
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, September 8, 2 PM
Ian C. Hess’s first solo exhibition invites you to reinterpret faces of ages past by expressing the philosophies of Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi in portraiture referenced from Grecko – Roman busts adorned in modern day textures and idioms.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7th, 7-9pm
Developed through archival research by Sarah Kleinman, Art History PhD candidate at VCU, The Wonder of Life provides an unprecedented look at Pollak’s career, highlighting the artist’s groundbreaking efforts to establish a world-class art school and to transcend barriers in the art world. The timeline exhibition traces the evolution of Pollak’s art alongside the growth of Richmond’s art scene, using archival materials and ephemera to contextualize her innumerable contributions to the fine arts, academia, and Richmond’s cultural life.
As the founding faculty member of the Art Department at VCU, Pollak served as its first faculty chairperson from 1942 to 1950. After teaching for forty-one years, she retired from VCU and in 1968 and in 1971, the VCU School of the Arts building was named the Theresa Pollak Building in her honor. She exhibited in major venues across the nation, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art and Rockefeller Center in New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She received fellowships for her work from the Tiffany Foundation in Oyster Bay, Long Island; the Carnegie Fellowship for study at the Fogg Museum, Harvard University; and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7th, 7-9pm
In Distorted Horizons, Johnson presents a new series of plexiglass paintings which he covers with layers of pigmented polyurethane to create boldly colored and loosely geometric compositions. His intuitive paint application transforms the thick sheets of Plexiglas, implicating colors as light and shapes as landscapes.
Johnson was born in Columbus, Ohio where he later received his BFA from Ohio State University. He now lives in Richmond and works as an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at VCUarts, where he received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking (2003). He is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award, the Ucross Foundation Residency, Clearmont, Wyoming, and the Cite International des Arts Paris, France residency.