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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...

Smithsonian Chief Says Maintenance Must Be Top Priority

The public wants more museums, but with a billion-dollar backlog of needed repairs and maintenance, the Smithsonian Institution is focused on fixing the museums that already exist. As the public demand for new museums increases, the Smithsonian Institution's chief says his top priority is getting on top of a huge maintenance backlog at the...

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Frozen in Time: The Unknown History of Maymont

Rolling hills and a sprawling park lead to the beautiful mansion that sits on a hill. Its detailed architecture and lavish decor are frozen in time as the legacy of the mansion in Maymont has been sealed into its bygone generation, waiting to reveal its ever-present charm of the Gilded Age to the 21st century. If you grew up in Richmond, then...

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Civil rights era art still reflects current struggle

In 1943, the nation’s first black-owned art gallery opened its doors in Washington, D.C. Nearly 75 years later, its pieces have been brought back to life in Richmond at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA). A Special Kind of Soul, on display June 14-October 14, features works from 22 original artists showcased in...

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RVA Mag takes Montpelier’s Enslaved Community Tour

The effects of slavery are still seen in today's society, whether it be the disproportionate rates of incarceration, housing discrimination, or cycles of poverty in the African American community. Yet the historical trend up until very recently was to ignore the true legacy of slavery in favor of a more sanitized version. However, some...

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