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VMFA announces full roster of events celebrating Black History Month

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with special events as part of its commitment to inclusivity and diversity outlined in its 2015-2020 strategic plan. The programs honor African American artists and highlight the museum’s growing African American art collection.

During an artist talk on Feb. 21 in Leslie Cheek Theater, Paul Rucker will discuss his multidisciplinary art and practice as a visual artist, composer, and musician. RVA Community Makers is back to honor six local leaders who have been selected for their impact on the RVA community. The Feb. 27 unveiling of the completed artwork will be led by Richmond-based artist Hamilton Glass.

“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts encourages the Richmond community to join us in celebrating Black History Month by experiencing an exciting range of talks, activities, readings, and performances,” says VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. “VMFA has an extensive collection featuring African American artists whose works are on display not just during Black History Month, but year-round. We are committed to celebrating talented artists by growing our collections.”

Additional programs include African American Read-In on Feb. 27, following the unveiling of RVA Community Makers. Dominion Jazz Cafe: Jazz Around the Museum will feature live music by Klaxton Brown Band on Feb. 13. VMFA After Hours: VMFA Is for Lovers, on Feb. 15, will feature DJ Lonnie B and live music by Legacy Band, hosted by Kelli Lemon. A full list of VMFA Black History Month programming is outlined below.

VMFA Black History Month Programs

TALK Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop  
Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA, in conversation with Nell Draper-Winston
Thu, Jan 30 | 6:30–7:30 pm
$8 (VMFA members $5)
Leslie Cheek Theater
VMFA’s Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, curator of Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop, will provide an overview of the exhibition.

RVA Community Makers Art Activity
Sun, Feb 2 | 1–4 pm
Free
Art Education Center
Take your digital family portraits onsite at VMFA to become part of a mixed-media public art collaboration.

OPEN STUDIO PLUS Grandma’s Hands
Sun, Feb 2 | 2 pm & 3 pm
Free
Atrium
Two sisters share remarkable stories from the perspective of the African American South.

FIRST FRIDAY Spirituals
Fri, Feb 7 | 6–8 pm
Free
Atrium
Sopranos Lisa Edwards Burrs and Olletta Cheatham perform spirituals.

GALLERY PROGRAM 3 in 30: African American Art and the Power of the Written Word with Dr. Christopher Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art 
Tue, Feb 11 | 11–11:30 am
Thu, Feb 13 | 6:30–7 pm
Free
Meet at Visitor Services
Explore three objects on view in VMFA’s American Art galleries with Dr. Oliver and discover their connection to the power of poetry and prose.

DOMINION ENERGY JAZZ CAFÉ Jazz Around the Museum
Klaxton Brown Band
Thu, Feb 13 | 6–9 pm
Free
Marble Hall
Led by saxophonist Robert “Bo” Bohannon, Klaxton Brown Band combines the old with the new and will rock you steady all night long. Prepare to get Klaxtonized!

VMFA AFTER HOURS VMFA Is for Lovers
Enjoy art, dancing, food and more!
Sat, Feb 15 | 7–11:30 pm
$45/person (VMFA members $35)
Museum wide
Hosted by Kelli Lemon, with DJ Lonnie B on the spin and Legacy Band performing live.

ARTIST TALK Paul Rucker 
Fri, Feb 21 | 6:30–7:30 pm
$8 (VMFA members $5)
Leslie Cheek Theater
Multidisciplinary artist Paul Rucker discusses his art and practice as a visual artist, composer and musician.

DANCE AFTER WORK Hip-Hop Line Dancing
Fri, Feb 21 | 6–8 pm
Free
Atrium

RVA Community Makers Unveiling
Thu, Feb 27 | 5:30 pm
Free
Atrium
Come see RVA Community Makers—a mixed-media public art mural in VMFA’s Atrium. The completed project will feature portraits of six local leaders who have been selected for their impact on the RVA community

GALLERY PROGRAM African American Read-In
Thu, Feb 27 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Free
Meet at Visitor Services
See and hear notable figures from the greater Richmond community as they lend their voices in prose and poetry readings through the galleries.

COMMUNITY EVENT | Celebrate Wiley!
Sat, Feb 29 | 10 am-11 am
Free
Atrium
Join VMFA for a community celebration of Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War.

GALLERY PROGRAM Family African American Read-In 
Sat, Feb 29 | 11 am–noon
Free
Meet at Visitor Services
Intended audience: children ages 2–8 years with their guardian; everyone is welcome.
Bring your family to VMFA to experience African and African American children’s literature read by members of the community in front of engaging works of art.

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Plow Through Your Holiday Shopping at Holiday Villages a Virtual Market

Let’s spread some holiday cheer and support Richmond’s small business and artist community at a new VIRTUAL Holiday Villages!

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Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th from 4pm-8pm you’ll be able to shop a bunch of local vendors. Everything from ice cream to tee shirts. Head over to Facebook to see all the vendors profiled. Normally the Richmond Night Market welcomes you in person but these are not normal times.  You can register to check it out online here. It’s a great way to support local businesses and stay safe.
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Presented by the Richmond Night Market, in partnership with The City of Richmond, Brok Productions, and The Economic Development Authority of Richmond.
Let’s spread some holiday cheer and support Richmond’s small business and artist community at our new VIRTUAL Holiday Villages!
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New VMFA exhibition portrays the majestic beauty of Virginia’s Natural Bridge

The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has announced its upcoming exhibition, Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, an exploration of the artistic portrayal of this spectacular and seemingly miraculous natural landmark. The exhibition, free to visitors, will be on view at VMFA from February 6 to August 1, 2021.

The majesty of the Shenandoah Valley’s Natural Bridge, a 400-year-old geological formation, has inspired artists, writers and explorers over the centuries. It has served as an ethereal example of the American landscape, an icon of natural history and a witness to human civilization. One of the most depicted sites in American 19th-century landscape painting, this formation captured the imaginations of artists like Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks and Caleb Boyle, as well as many decorative artists.

“VMFA is pleased to recognize Virginia’s very own natural landmark through this exhibition,” said VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. “We hope Virginia Arcadia inspires appreciation for and interest in rediscovering the wonderful natural world here in our state, and also recognizing that the environment is a precious source of inspiration.”

“Consider a time when our very landscape sparked wonder and inspired myth,” said the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of American Art. “Artists were moved to not only capture its picturesque splendor and breathtaking sense of place, but also all that the Natural Bridge represented and idealized — the sublime divinity of the natural world, the excitement of discovery, the harmony between nature and civilization and the abundance of pastoral beauty.” The Natural Bridge is also historically relevant to western expansion, slavery, natural history, tourism and ecological conservation.

Virginia Arcadia examines the Natural Bridge through more than 60 paintings, prints, decorative art objects and photographs made between the late 1700s and the early 1900s. Highlights of the exhibition include works from VMFA’s collection including one of the earliest illustrations of the Natural Bridge, an engraving from 1787 by Baron De Turpin, a French engineer sent to document the site, one of three such engravings featured in Volume 1: Travels In North-America in the Years 1780, 1781 and 1782. Joshua Shaw’s oil painting Natural Bridge No. 1 (ca. 1820) captures the view from atop the arch of the bridge looking down into a nearby creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Several works in the exhibition are on loan from institutions across the country including the Chrysler Museum, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as from private collections.

More information about Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art can be found on the museum’s website.

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Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.

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Full details on Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights can be found here or on the Lewis Ginter website.

 

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