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.
Do Ho Suh’s immersive architectural installations—unexpectedly crafted with ethereal fabric—are spaces that are at once deeply familiar and profoundly alien. Suh is internationally renowned for his “fabric architecture” sculptures that explore the global nature of contemporary identity as well as memory, migration, and our ideas of home. Do Ho Suh: Almost Home is the first major exhibition of the artist’s work on the East Coast. It features large-scale installations of the artist’s brightly hued “Hub” sculptures—intricately detailed, hand-sewn fabric recreations of homes where Suh has lived from around the world—along with several drawings and a series of semi-transparent replicas of household objects called “Specimens.” The Hubs comprise a series of conjoined rooms and passageways that visitors can enter and experience from the inside, including a new work depicting the artist’s childhood home in Seoul that will debut in the exhibition.
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.
Declarations mark beginnings, clarify intentions, and propose a social contract. This is true, whether we think about something as personal as a declaration of love between two people, or as grandly public as the Declaration of Independence. In love, politics, or art, we can’t know if our declarations will be heard, how they will be received, or where they’ll lead us.
The ICA's inaugural exhibition explores these ideals through a dynamic mix of projects from over 30 emerging and established artists, each speaking to pressing social issues. The exhibition fills the ICA and reaches into the city. It features and premieres many ambitious commissions, including several created in collaboration with Richmond citizens. The works in Declaration reflect the growing number of voices we encounter on a daily basis, speaking in varied modes, tones, and intensity.
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.
In a world of selfies, what does it mean to make portraits that aren’t necessarily about looking beautiful, but express more deeply who you are, who you love, and what’s really valuable in our community? Young artists from ART 180’s Teen Council created stories about unknown residents that provided context for who they may have been. They each used different materials to recreate these portraits which honor individuals almost lost to history.
This summer, three exhibitions of Aboriginal art by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, will be on view in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.
This solo exhibition of Regina's work at Second Street Gallery features paintings on canvas and paper, as well as fiber works and prints. The inspiration for Wilson’s works come from the traditional weaving practices of her people. In shimmering detail, Wilson recreates weaving techniques in paint on canvas—stitch by stitch—creating luminous rhythmic abstractions. Wilson’s large-scale masterworks, which have brought her international acclaim, will be exhibited alongside her virtuosic fiber-works that show both the innovation and strength of tradition in contemporary Aboriginal art.
Regina Pilawuk Wilson’s artwork will also be on view this summer at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in the Marking the Infinite exhibition of Aboriginal paintings by established women artists.
ABSURD SURVIVAL is a solo exhibition of recent and new paintings by Richmond-based painter Casey Criddle. Criddle’s works satirically appropriate various genres of film and pop cultural idioms outsourced from a range of contexts, which together synthesize into a rich visual anthropological soil. A willing viewer is zoomed into thematic post cataclysmic situations where grounds for identity and hope are keenly thrown into question. This timely exhibition raises questions surrounding the frailty of our present condition, playing on and examining the assumptions that a large majority of current Western culture avoids and distracts themselves away from considering.
Celebrating fifteen years of ADA GALLERY with work by old friends and new friends, ada gallery presents work by:
Amy Pleasant, Erik den Breejen, Brian Hubble, Shannon Wright, Braxton Congrove, Steven Little, Warren Craghead, Becky Brown, Kristen Schiele, Eric Doeringer, Cece Cole, Reid Dodson, Barbara Weissberger, Robert Otto Epstein, Roberto Jamora, Patrick Thorne, Theresa Pfarr, Cameron Spratley, Nathan Tersteeg, J.M. Henry, Thomas J. Condon, Brian Novatny, Yann Leto, Nikolas Goodich, Kirsten KIndler, Bruce Wilhelm, Sean Samoheyl, Kyle Falzone, Nick Kuszyk, Langdon Graves, Sandra Luckett, Sophie Treppendahl, John Henry Blatter, Nick Fagan and Derek Larson--- AND MORE.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 8, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Emerging artist Mattie Hinkley focuses on queer bodies and physicality in her solo exhibition, Body Work, at the Iridian Gallery. Exploring gender identity and the fluidity of sexuality, Hinkley’s ink and graphite illustrations feature large, muscular, seemingly female-bodied characters placidly engaged with their environment. Some characters are alone, some are engaged in heteronormative or traditionally feminine activities, and some take up submissive, queer, or masculine roles. They are caught candidly, in the comfort of their bodies, rather than in a performative state.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 15, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will open its annual [work] exhibition on Friday, June 15 in the center’s True F. Luck Gallery.
[work] features the art of faculty, staff and board members of the Visual Arts Center.
The exhibition represents examples of all media taught at VisArts’ 1812 West Main Street building, including: wood, ceramics, metal, jewelry, fiber, glass, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, creative writing, film and digital media.
For thirty-five years Catherine Roseberry and Rob Womack, working at Coloratura, have been using furniture as a canvas for a thorough exploration of the arts of the past. The process begins with the selection of a piece of furniture carefully chosen to reflect a given period and design sensibility. After the piece is selected it is studied, with research done on various art or design movements concurrent with the era of each piece. Woven into the surface design of each piece may be inspirations from painting, music, film, literature or applied arts such as furniture, textile, graphic and automobile design; parallels that perhaps may have also inspired the original designer/creator of the piece of furniture. They view their works as art historical musings.
The Coloratura at 35 retrospective will be the largest assembly of works by the couple to date. The exhibition has goals of showing the consistency and broadness of vision as well as rigorous scholarly approach to works ranging from the 1980s to now, as well as presenting many privately commissioned works never before publicly displayed.
Cynthia’s work explores the physicality and emotional weight of constructed spaces, particularly the home. Working first in carved wax, she casts elements in pewter which are added to her illustrations to create “three-dimensional drawings.” These hand-drawn illustrations layered on top of vintage blueprints and architectural plans, allow her to connect the fleeting moments of nature with the permanence of architecture as a symbol of safety and shelter.
Myron is a professional artist working in Richmond, VA. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Marywood University (1998), her MFA in Metalsmithing from Virginia Commonwealth University (2004), and is currently the Assistant Chair for the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts). She is the recipient of two Individual Creative Artist Fellowships from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her work has been shown nationally at venues including The Taubman Museum of Art, Rawls Museum Art, Bowling Green State University, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Chelsea Center for the Arts in New York, Facere Art Gallery in Seattle, and the Florida International Museum.
She will have “office hours” at The Branch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week from noon – 4pm. Stop by and see what she’s up to!
Baselitz: Six Decades is the first major US retrospective in more than twenty years of one of Germany’s greatest living artists. With more than 100 works highlighting every phase of Baselitz’s six-decade career from the 1950s to today, this milestone exhibition features work never before seen in the U.S. and cements Baselitz’s reputation as one of the most original and inventive figurative artists of his generation. For the first time, US audiences can experience the full scope of Baselitz’s powerful explorations of the human figure, as well as the influence of American artists on his early work and his continued impact on contemporary American painting and sculpture. Baselitz’s creative genius, combined with his message about the inherent strength of the everyday human condition, make this exhibition particularly compelling.
ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
1708 Gallery is pleased to present In Constant Circulation, an exhibition by Kristin Cammermeyer. Cammermeyer will transform 1708 into a set for a generative, site-specific stop motion video. Her open process welcomes viewer interaction and engenders a spirit of transparency. The temporal and transient nature of her installation is captured and edited through the lens of the camera —where the camera becomes both a frame for the original installation and an apparatus for the production of a new video work.
"When I became comfortable with my sexuality, I felt relief. I believed that I had become part of a community that would further nourish me as a person and an artist. However, as time went on, I began to recognize the many layers of the gay community. I never expected to feel guilt and criticism from those with whom I perceived to have so much in common. When I started to take my art practice seriously, I felt struggles in the world of art, similar to those I felt in the gay community. While criticism is an essential part to an art practice, what one makes work about and how one executes that work is under intense scrutiny. The distinction between one's authentic self and one's reputed self can become unclear in both communities."
Scott Csoke is a Richmond-based photographer and painter born in Rockville, Maryland in 1993. Having lived in four different states before the age of 14, self-reflection and inward thinking quickly became a way for him to understand his changing environments. Personal experiences are essential to both of his art practices and allow him to navigate both bodies of work. Deconstructing stereotypes and expectations are just a few of the themes he explores. His work has been featured by Ignant, VSCO, and Need Supply Co. Scott recently obtained a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently living in New York City.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 28, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This summer, Quirk Gallery will host an exhibition of work from New York artist and illustrator, Danielle Kroll. Kroll's solo show, Charms From The Past, will be on view in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel June 28 through August 26. This exhibit will feature original works in gouache largely inspired by Kroll's nostalgia for her childhood, specifically the fond memories of time spent with her Polish grandparents. "My artwork intuitively carries impressions of my grandparents as they were my first sources of inspiration," Kroll explains.
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.
Candela's annual juried & invitational exhibition presents a compelling selection of photographic work for the seventh year in a row. Participating artists include Michael Abramson, Pascal Amoyel, Addison Brown, Christa Blackwood, Susan Burnstine, Kimberly Chiaris, Christopher Colville, Cynthia Connolly, Brian Culbertson, John Cyr, Catherine Day, Jon Feinstein, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Torrance Hall, Frank Hamrick, Rachael Jablo, Michael Jackson, Mark Kelner, Tarrah KrajnaK, Pablo Lerma, Andy Mattern, Noelle Mason, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, David Pace + Stephen Wirtz, Lydia Panas, Rachael Phillips, Diane Pierce, Lissa Rivera, Shane Rocheleau, Wendi Schneider, Jennifer Shaw, Carla Shapiro, Heather Evans Smith, Krista Svalbonas, Rob Tarbell, Athena Tasiopoulos, JP Terlizzi, Martin Wannam, Emily White, Sara J. Winston, Lloyd Wolf, and Woody Woodroof.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
How do you explain the feeling of falling in love? How can you articulate that? How do you share that with others (if you feel so inclined)?
For Brooke Inman, that feeling is communicated through a series of drawings and prints that will be featured in her upcoming solo show at Quirk opening July 12. "This particular selection of work is my reflection of falling in love," Inman explains. "There are a number of signifiers that represent love which take the form of collected and drawn objects."
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 5:00 - 8:00PM
Summer Steals presents a dynamic selection of artists and work, including watercolor, print, oil, and sculptural pieces. Aimed at introducing affordable work to new collectors and beginning art buyers, this exhibition establishes a price range of $400-$4,000. This year’s edition of Summer Steals brings together artists based in Brooklyn, Charlottesville, Marfa, and New Haven who employ distinct and robust approaches to abstraction. Artists include Katie Barrie, Patrick Berran, Reid Dodson, Meghan Gerety, Jason Keith, Matt Kleberg, Carlton Newton, Eva Rocha, Elizabeth Schoyer, Katie Shaw, Susan Svendsen, Kazue Taguchi, and Natalie Westbrook.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 5:00 - 8:00PM
Shorthand presents Elizabeth Gilfilen’s lively oil paintings in her first solo exhibition at Reynolds Gallery. This exhibition conveys Gilfilen’s passion for the abstracted form – sometimes tree-like, other times figurative – which she builds through washy paint applications against feathery strokes. Her color compositions further push each painting’s mood as varied greys establish a quiet hum and rich corals emanate poppy energy.
The Brooklyn-based painter received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from D.A.A.P. at the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from VCUarts (1997, 2001).
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 6:00-8:00PM
When Penny Ashford traveled to Antarctica to continue her photographic exploration of water, she came face to face with the effects of climate change. IN SEARCH OF ICE is a series of photographs documenting the loss of ice and habitat in both Antarctica and the North Pole. Photography allows Ashford to capture the beauty and inceasing devastation of the ice while using biomorphic forms to explore abstract compositions. Ashford “hopes that her photographs empower viewers to see themselves as stewards of the earth, that they, too, take positive action to preserve the great beauty of our planet.”
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 6:00-8:00PM
HOT! HOT! HOT! is Page Bond Gallery’s annual group exhibition that brings together work by 18 artists in a range of media that celebrates the atmosphere and spirit of summer. The exhibition roster is a mix of long-term gallery artists such as Will Berry, Steve Bickley, Jaydan Moore, Fiona Ross, and William Wylie and artists new to the gallery, including Laurie Fisher, Samuel Levi Jones, Charlotte Rodenberg, Anne Smith, and Sophie Treppendahl. The exhibition highlights work that is bright, colorful, and reflective of summer’s hazy longer days and slower pace.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 13, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Group exhibit featuring a few new additions to the gallery.
This exhibit features: Matt Lively, Krista Townsend, Rob Browning, Steven S. Walker, Tim Harper, Glen Kessler, Josh George, Thomas Van Auken, Rich Bowman, Benjamin Frey, Alex Nyerges, Lanvi T. Nguyen, Jonathan Gleed, Christopher Peter, Fred Lisaius, Donna Cameron, Farida Hughes, Amy O' Callaghan, Bruce Ackerson, and Paul Brigham.
Candela Gallery is excited to announce UnBound7!, Candela's annual juried & invitational exhibition. UnBound! features a wide array of photographic techniques from both emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad.
Tickets are being sold in advance online and at the gallery. Visit candelabooks.com
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00PM
In the spirit of ART 180's 20th anniversary, a new exhibition opens on August 3 to celebrate the hard work and generosity of their talented program leaders, who design projects that let our youth express themselves and nurture our young people in finding—and using—their voice.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) seeks to foster well-being and connection in the community by offering programs where participants can experience traditions of all kinds. Join on Tuesdays at lunchtime for Mindfulness @ ICA, guided by experienced meditation teachers from the Richmond community. Mindfulness meditation is a way of giving “kind attention” to our experience in the here and now.
The guided meditation with discussion following, is offered on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 12–1 pm in the ICA Auditorium. Doors open at 11:45 am. All participants can check in at the Welcome Desk.
With Dr. Rafe Blaufarb, Director and Ben Weider Eminent Scholar in Napoleonic Studies, Department of History, Florida State University
From obscure origins, Napoleon Bonaparte rose rapidly through the ranks of the army during the first years of the Revolution, becoming a general by the age of 25. This talk examines Napoleon's early military career to challenge the myth that his dramatic rise epitomizes the revolutionary principle of “careers open to talent.”