Richmond, VA (PRWEB) March 31, 2014
Posing Beauty in African American Culture
April 26 July 27, 2014
Ticketed, VMFA members free
Posing Beauty in African American Culture examines the contested ways in which African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. The exhibition explores contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts. Drawn from public and private collections, Posing Beauty features approximately 90 works by artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Eve Arnold, Gary Winogrand, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Renee Cox, Anthony Barboza, Bruce Davidson, Mickalene Thomas, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Posing Beauty in African American Culture is curated by Deborah Willis and organized by the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University. The traveling exhibition is administered by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, Calif. Sponsored by Dominion Resources. This exhibition is also supported by Richmond (VA) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated. The Banner Exhibition Program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund.
A companion exhibition to Posing Beauty, this collection-based display features works by African American artists who use representations of the human figure or some aspect of the body (including hair) to explore how we construct and perceive personal and cultural identity. The selection of paintings and sculpturesfrom the 1970s to the presentfeatures an array of perspectives and styles that underscore the complex factors informing conceptions of race and gender. Many of the 21st century artistssuch as iona rozeal brown, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Robert Pruittmix national, international, historical, and pop-culture references with personal stylistic preferences to produce images that provoke more questions about identity than they answer. The selection of photographs offers a survey of 20th- to 21st-century workfrom James VanDerZee to Carrie Mae Weems to Hank Willis Thomaswhile also highlighting the work of lesser-known artists, such as Richmond native Louis Draper, who played a primary role in founding the first African American photography collective, Kamoinge, in 1963. Many of these works will be on view at VMFA for the first time.
Curated by Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Printmakers of World War I
July 28 November 16, 2014
This exhibition marks the centenary of the commencement of World War I on July 28, 1914. The story of the so-called Great War is told through approximately 25 prints by renowned British and American artists such as Muirhead Bone, Kerr Eby, Childe Hassam, James McBey, and Claude Shepperdson.
The works depict scenes of combat in France and the Near East, life on the home front in the United States and England, and the wars aftermath and commemoration. All of the prints come from the Frank Raysor collection, a promised gift to VMFA.
Curated by Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of European Art
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing
October 18, 2014 January 11, 2015
Ticketed, VMFA members free
This landmark exhibition will feature more than 180 works of art from the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing (The Forbidden City). The largest art museum in China and the largest palace in the world, it is located in the center of Beijing within the ancient Imperial Palace, where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties resided from 1420 until 1924, when the last emperor was expelled. The Palace Museum was established in 1925 and holds more than 1.8 million works of art and artifacts. The exhibition is part of a groundbreaking multi-year collaboration between VMFA and the Palace Museum. The exhibition will offer a broad perspective on Imperial China during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries. Featured worksranging from portraits of emperors and empresses, court paintings, religious sculpture, and ritual objects to fine ceramics, bronzes, lacquerware, jade, costumes, textiles, and furniturewill be combined with 3-D printing technology and architectural features to offer visitors an immersive experience, as if passing through the Forbidden City during the height of its glory and splendor. Forbidden City is presented by Altria Group and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
Curated by Li Jian, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art
Fine Arts and Flowers
November 5-9, 2014
Flowers and fine art unite for an exhibition of beauty and creativity. Floral designers from more than 50 garden club chapters across Virginia interpret masterworks in VMFAs collection with floral arrangements throughout the galleries. Lectures by prominent floral arrangers, an evening gala, lunches, Sunday brunch in bloom, a fashion show, floral tea, hands-on flower arranging workshop, and other events will take place throughout the four-day exhibition.
Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints
November 15, 2014 March 29, 2015
Woodblock prints by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) poignantly reveal the beauty of Japans landscape. These tranquil and dreamlike works evoke nostalgia and longing, exploring the search for individual and national identity in Japan during the early Taisho period (1912-1926), an era of rapid social and cultural change. The exhibition features 100 works by Hasui, including three exceptional and rare painted screens. In addition, five prints by his contemporaries including Japanese landscape masters Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) reveal how the artist appropriated and reinterpreted earlier and modern styles of printmaking. Water and Shadow includes 74 works from VMFAs extensive collection of Hasui prints donated by Ren