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Dissociative Gaze Into The Abyss: A Sunday Essay

Is the revival of the 2014 Tumblr girl how the internet copes with the end of the world?  The dissociative pout, also referred to as the dissociative gaze, was first coined by i-D Magazine in the 2022 article “The cult of the dissociative pout” by Rayne Fisher-Quann,...

Enter The Rocky Horror-Verse

CRIMINOLOGIST:  I would like…if I may…to take you on a strange journey. ROCKY HORROR AUDIENCE ASKING:  How strange was it? ROCKY HORROR AUDIENCE ANSWERING:  So strange they made a movie about it. Hello Richmond. What are you doing the night BEFORE Halloween? My...

Muralists Leave Their Mark At Three Notch’d Friday

Richmond loves a good mural, and for many of us, the recent occurrence of RVA Street Art Festival's tenth anniversary reunion at the Canal Walk just whets our appetite. It's for us, therefore, that Three Notch'd RVA Collab House hosts the Leave Your Mark Mural Fest at...

The Theory Of Mural Return

RVA Street Art Festival celebrates the tenth anniversary of its first event in 2012 at the place where things began: the abandoned power plant along Richmond's Canal Walk where that first festival took place. The jury's still out on whether time really is a flat...

Two Centuries Of Poetry

From a dramatic reading of poetry by Poe at Artemis Gallery to an evening of hip hop lyricism at a private location, the Friday of Halloween weekend provided many artistic delights for George Wethington. Here's his full report. Once upon a Friday dreary, as November fast was nearing, I found my drunken gaze adhering, to cheeks clapping,...

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Composing Nature: Ansel Adams at VMFA

Pioneering American photographer Ansel Adams may be remembered today mainly for his prints on waiting room walls, but his work was crucial not just in establishing the way landscapes are photographed but in aiding conservation efforts across the USA. See a career-spanning exhibition of his work this month at VMFA. Ansel Adams: you may know him...

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Egypt’s Sunken Treasures

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities, which is currently on view at the VMFA, provides a close-up look into the bygone history and culture of Ptolemaic Egypt. Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities at VMFA offers a rare glimpse into the material culture of Ptolemaic Egypt, a golden age of human creativity and arts. It well worth the...

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Recontextualizing the Lost Cause

Valentine museum founder Edward Valentine was responsible for sculpting multiple Confederate monuments around Richmond. Now the museum he founded hopes to display his statue of Jefferson Davis in order to confront the role Valentine, and Richmond, played in the Lost Cause. Following the protests in Richmond over the summer and the subsequent...

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Get Culture, Not COVID

Looking to get out of the house without getting sick? Skip the bars and head to the museums for a safer change of scenery. Museums around Richmond are starting to reopen with new, advanced safety protocols. As cultural landmarks, these spaces provide opportunities for education, community engagement, and enrichment. There are a number of new...

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Considering Safety And Accountability at InLight Richmond

In light of the ongoing risk from the COVID-19 pandemic, 1708 Gallery has decided to hold this year’s InLight Richmond exhibition in multiple locations across Richmond, and has picked a theme of "Safety and Accountability." 1708 Gallery has been an institution in Richmond for more than four decades. Their annual fall public exhibition, InLight...

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Egyptian Mysteries Revealed at VMFA

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities opened at the VMFA July 1, giving visitors a glimpse into ancient cultural mixing and the world of underwater archaeology. On July 1, 2020, as Virginia entered Phase 3 of its COVID-19 plan, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) opened its doors to visitors for the first time since March. VMFA members...

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