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Art & Country: A Sunday Essay

Art & Country: A Sunday Essay

Back in April, I had the great privilege of visiting the Louvre for the first time. The many works in that historic museum exceeded all my expectations and kept me enthralled for the all too short three hours I spent inside. As closing time approached, museum staff...




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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...

Dream-Swept Impressions

At Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters In France, on display now at the VMFA, viewers see American artists explore history through an expatriate's eye and move through the artistic evolution from tonalism to impressionism's attempt to capture life as it happens. RVA Mag's S. Preston Duncan explains. In the beginning, art is exact, moral,...

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GalaxyCon’s Return to Richmond Was a Nonstop Fandom Party

2022 has meant the return of a ton of things that, back at the start of the pandemic, we thought were lost. Concerts. Theme parks. And now, the return of popular pop culture convention GalaxyCon to Richmond.  Over the course of one three-day weekend in March, GalaxyCon returned to the Greater Richmond Convention Center, attracting cosplayers,...

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Romeo and Juliet, Ballet-Style

Richmond Ballet's performance of Romeo & Juliet showed that the iconic Shakespeare play can still communicate a powerful message to audiences, even when the dialogue is replaced by dance. Last month at the Dominion Energy Center, the Richmond Ballet, alongside the Richmond Symphony, premiered Romeo & Juliet for packed audiences that...

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Jennifer Rho: Wrapped In A World Of Quilts and Quilting

I was introduced to Flying Geese and Jennifer Rho a few weeks ago and fell down a rabbit hole of handmade items from in and around Richmond. In our modern technology-obsessed world, it might feel like backward thinking to embrace artisanal crafting, but with the world coming out of a global lockdown a lot of us are searching for something that...

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Soaking Up The Funky Buzz

Atlanta artist Taylor Wright Rushing is finishing up his three-month residence at Graduate Richmond this week with an exhibition of his hippie-hillbilly aesthetic. In conversation with Annie Parnell, he spoke of his time soaking up Richmond's inspiring vibes and pouring them into his work. “I really tried to imagine what it must have been like...

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Wham Bam! Shane Mitchell Immersive Interview

RVA Mag's own John Reinhold recently caught up with Shane Mitchell to talk shop about their shared experiences in music and creative events here in Richmond. Shane is also known as the producer be.IN; he is one of the founders of Ebisu Sound and an artist manager for The Gradient Perspective. Shane and his contacts have been throwing a number...

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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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