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.”
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.
View this extraordinary collection of exquisite, intricately crafted works of art—precious souvenirs designed for Grand Tour travelers of the mid-18th to late-19th centuries. The wide range of subjects depicted in these 92 works include Renaissance paintings, architecture, birds, animals, historical sites, landscapes, and portraits. Micromosaics created for Grand Tour travelers reflect the sophisticated pursuits of elite Europeans for whom travel was a rite of passage.
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.
As embodiments of the African American experience and cultural legacies, the works of art featured in Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South are rooted in African aesthetic legacies, familial tradition, and communal ethos. Previously marginalized as “folk or self-taught” art, they now take their rightful place as significant contributors to the canon of American Modernism. As artists, they imbued their works with a sense of individualistic style, yet they often embraced shared narratives that spoke to cultural, familial, and communal preoccupations. Employing an impressive breadth of media, the works in Cosmologies from the Tree of Life celebrate their imprint in sculpture, quilting, painting, and works on paper. This exhibition’s works of art were acquired by VMFA from the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation an organization whose mission it is to showcase works by African American artists from the South. Artists featured in VMFA’s exhibition include Jessie Aaron, Louisiana Bendolph, Thornton Dial, Lonnie B. Holley, Ronald Lockett, Rita Mae Pettway, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, James “Son” Thomas, Mose Tolliver, Purvis Young, and others. An impressive selection of quilts display the unique artistry of the famed multigenerational group of quilt-making women in Gee’s Bend, Alabama.
Reynolds Gallery’s annual group exhibition, Summer Steals, presents a dynamic selection of artists and work across media including watercolor, woodcut, oil, and wood. Aimed at introducing affordable work to new collectors and beginning art buyers, all exhibited pieces are priced at or below $3,000. Artists included are Patrick Berran, Isabel Bigelow, Samuel Bjorklund, Corydon Cowansage, Steven Cushner, Raul de Lara, Sue Heatley, Anthony Iacono, Joseph Seipel, Adam Sultan, Sam Tudyk, Tommy White and more.
Summer Steals opens Thursday, June 13 with a reception from 5 – 8 pm and continues through August 23, 2019.
A Measure of Life exhibits over a dozen works produced by the late artist Cindy Neuschwander between 1999 and 2010. Her third solo exhibition at Reynolds Gallery features premier examples of Neuschwander’s encaustic paintings, alongside early drawings and mixed media pieces selected from the private collection of Jay Barrows, the artist’s husband and independent art advisor and specialist. In a statement for the show, Barrows says, “Before Cindy died in December of 2012, she gave me a long laundry list of wishes. This show with Reynolds Gallery marks the last of these wishes being fulfilled.”
Opening Reception: Thursday June 13th, 2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Shadows Are To Shade is a solo exhibition by Richmond-based artist Corin Hewitt (b. 1971, Burlington, Vermont), occurring simultaneously at the ICA and at the artist’s home and studio in the Fan district of Richmond, Virginia. Hewitt describes Shadows Are To Shade as a “parafiction” that conflates his family’s daily life in the building with that of the family of the last recorded landowner of the site, prior to the building’s construction in 1915.
For limited hours during the run of the exhibition, one room on the ground floor of his home and studio will be open to visitors. Concurrently, at the ICA, Hewitt will transform the distinctive “v”-shaped galleries on the second floor into a pair of mirror-image installations. Each will offer a set of layered encounters for visitors as they move into a landscape of raised platforms, translucent walls, shadows, scrims, sculptures, and video. The interplay between them blurs the line between public and private spaces and extends Hewitt’s material and historical considerations across two sites.
Shadows Are To Shade is the first phase of an ongoing project; through it Hewitt joins a long history of artists transforming their homes and/or studios into immersive and evolving works of art.
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will open its annual “[Work]” exhibition on Friday, June 21 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the center’s True F. Luck Gallery. “[Work]” features art created by VisArts faculty, staff and board members.
The show includes examples of all media taught at VisArts’ 1812 West Main Street building, including: ceramics, creative writing, digital media, drawing, fiber, film, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking and wood.
artspace is pleased to present five new gallery exhibitions, featuring artists Julie Comnick, Margaret Buchanan, Tom Monsees, Shannon Gilbert, and a group exhibition of work by artspace Artist Members.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6-9 pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, Noon-4 pm
Closing Artist Talks, Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 2 pm
All Free and Open to the Public
ART 180's new teen art exhibit features self-portraits depicting their teens’ true selves, sustainable fashion, poetry inspired by notable artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, and a special selection of works by Girls for a Change.
ART 180 is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment.
In these works, Waters Fayle explores the intersections of nature and spirituality and the abundance of ways naturally occurring shapes and patterns overlap those of sacred geometry. Three leaves brought together create a near perfect circle inscribed with a triangle- a symbol which represents unity, wholeness, and the endless life cycle surrounding the trinity of mind, body and spirit, or past, present and future, etc. The rings in a tree are echoed in the formation of mandalas and spiritual diagrams of the ancient world. In considering these visual echoes between the inner and outer landscapes, she seeks to examine our connection to nature and emphasize our place in the cyclical and circular nature of all things.
This work is ultimately all inspired by the fundamental, primordial cycle: the sun, and the circles we turn around it, creating all life. The leaves and the cotton and the trees from which the paper and frames have been fabricated, and the blue—most celestial of colors—would not be possible without the light of the sun.
1708 Gallery is pleased to announce What were you after then? what are you after now? an exhibition of early works by prolific artist and 1708 Board member Cindy Neuschwander. This retrospective presents selections from two bodies of work from Neuschwander’s formative years, focusing on collage, photography, scraffito, text, and painting, and her deeply personal engagement with figure and identity.
What were you after then? what are you after now? features works from 1984 - 1990 when photography was prominent in Neuschwander’s creative process. Her saturated palette and pointed juxtapositions encapsulate the relationships, idiosyncrasies, and artistic intuition that would inform the breadth of her career. At times playful and others starkly domineering these works signal a sophisticated Feminism that transcends generations.
What were you after then? what are you after now? is presented in conjunction with Reynolds Gallery’s current exhibition, A Measure of Life, featuring Neuschwander’s work from 1999 - 2010.
UnBound! features a wide array of photographic techniques from both emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad. We are very proud to bring you a compelling selection of photographic work for the eighth year in a row! Participating artists include Alanna Airitam, Thomas Alleman, Asiya Al-Sharabi, Sophie Barbasch, Wes Bell, Patricia A. Bender, Jaclyn Kolev Brown, Tommy Bruce, Jay Boersma,. Gary Burnley, Adrian Burrell, Jo Ann Chaus, Will Douglas. Emily Earl. Jessica M. Kaufman. Kat Kiernan. Noelle Mason. Elizabeth McGrady. Anne Arden McDonald, Moira McDonald, Mark Peter McKnight, Kendall Messick, Fortune Monte, Nadiya Nacorda, Alex Nyerges, Natalie Obermaier, Alissa Ohashi, Christos J. Palios, Paula Riff, Holly Roberts, Michelle Rogers-Pritzl, Ken Rosenthal, Kyra Schmidt, Heather Evans Smith, Jerry Takigawa, Raymond Thompson., Amanda Tinker., Emily White, Sara J. Winston, Sheri Lynn Behr, Magda Biernat, Michael Cardinali, Maureen Drennan, Łukasz Gniadek, Christopher Kardambikis. Kent Krugh, Kerry Mansfield, Sam Margevicius, Andy Mattern, Kristen Matuszak, Maya Meissner, Colleen Mullins, and Harrison Walker.
Shockoe Artspace is thrilled to present its first three-person exhibition entitled Curious Things. This exhibition consists of new and engaging works from North Carolina based painter Ashlynn Browning, Richmond based painter Sam Bantly and recently located to Richmond painter Natalie Schmitting. Curious Things delves into the unique vision of each artist along with the seemingly shared passion for contemporary abstract painting and its rich history.
Donald Moffett’s sound installation, IMPEACH (2006), is a recording of Rep. John Lewis’s impassioned speech from the floor of the US House of Representatives during President William Clinton’s impeachment hearings in 1998. Speaking metaphorically, the legendary civil rights icon argued against the impeachment of President Clinton and issued a plea for the American family to “stay together” as “one house and as one family.” Rep. Lewis’s speech slowed the congressional proceedings for approximately one minute before the vote was called and the matter was lost. The installation consists of speakers and an audio player and required no physical alteration to the Confederate Memorial Chapel, which was built in the aftermath of the Civil War—with funding from the North and South—and served as a nondenominational place of worship for the R. E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home. In the context of this space, Moffett’s immersive sound work speaks to the long history of divisive politics in America and the power of reconciliation.
Recess: A Group Exhibition featuring work by Mac Ball, Josh Bonnet, Mary Ellen Bartley, Robin Braun, Sarah Irvin, Samuel Levi Jones, Kylie Manning, and Jaydan Moore is on view at Page Bond Gallery from July 11, 2019 through August 30, 2019.
Charlotte Rodenberg’s Glitch History and the American Icon proffers a selection of her monotype screen prints from the past three years. Assimilative to the concept of a technological glitch appearing on a screen, the singularity of the monoprint medium thus freezes this random, momentary static into an eternal, contemplative image. The colorful, repetitive patterning of these compositions aims to trigger points of self reflection and critical issues around political issues and current events.
On view at Page Bond Gallery through August 30, 2019.
Intrigued by the dichotomy of man-made architecture and nature, Lynda Ray ideates her encaustic paintings as narratives built by layering colors, forms and patterns that reveal a history of the work’s construction. Through the subtraction or scraping away of waxy pigment, Ray exposes earlier stages of development within her works, offering viewers a visceral connection to the materiality of time passing.
On view at Page Bond Gallery through August 30, 2019.
Visit the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design starting July 12th, 2019 for Six Years of Italian Design 1940-2000.
The 1940-2000 survey presents a wide range of characteristic objects from the 60-year period: furniture, ceramics, Murano glass, works on paper. In addition, selected pieces from the private–and rarely seen–collection of Frances Lewis are among the exhibition highlights.
General admission for the museum is $5 per person, cash or card accepted.
The Barbershop Project is a multidisciplinary arts activation inspired by the performance of styling, art of hair and shop culture. The project is centered around Mighty Mighty: an immersive art installation and fully-functional, fantastical barbershop in CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery. Mighty Mighty is created by artist Devan Shimoyama, barber Kelly Gorsuch and furniture-maker Caleb Woodard.
The site is open Tuesday-Friday from 11am-7pm, and Saturdays from 10am-6pm through August 24th, 2019.
Visit Linda Matney Gallery in Williamsburg to see the installation and participate in Compound, Matt Lively’s summer residency installation.
"This will be an exhibit of in-progress work surrounding the story of a boy who finds a factory that controls the weather. I have created stage sets, objects, and paintings that describe the isolated world in which this story takes place. These objects will later be used to develop the next iteration of this story through photography. The installation will use the language of museum artifacts (think, natural history museum diorama) to create the feeling of immersion into the world of the story. I want to encourage visitors to interact with the exhibit by taking photographs. " Matt Lively, May 2019
Linda Matney Gallery is open Thursday- Saturday, 11am-5pm or by appointment.
Join the Monroe Street Market in Brookland, Washington DC for Third Thursdays on July 18th, 2019 from 5pm-8pm. Enjoy mouthwatering food and drink from local restaurants and pop-ups, free kids activities, and live music while you browse open artist studios. This event is free and open to the public.
Join Quirk Gallery and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on Thursday, July 18 from 6-8 pm for a special reception to welcome new artist-in-residence, Taylor Zarkades King.
Taylor is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA program in Craft/Material Studies. Formally trained as a metalsmith, Taylor's craft based practice moves between production work made at a jewelers bench and conceptual work made in a studio that finds its form through larger configurations of wood, fiber, print, and re-contextualized objects.
This is the last week to view Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell (including two paintings by Joan Mitchell loaned by the Fralin Museum of Art) at Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA.
Join Second Street Gallery for the closing reception on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 5:30pm. At 6pm, there will be a talk with artists Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair, Janet Bruce, and Priscilla Long Whitlock.