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Grace Street Seven

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by kozmicdogz

 

Last Thursday we spent a delightful evening at the VMFA listening to the Grace Street Seven. A seven piece band playing songs from the 1920s and 30s. Led by crooner Jay Brown, the band brought back memories and visions from the past.

They played 3 sets and opened with a ragtime song by Scott Joplin. Brown sang and alternately played banjo, slide kazoo, and tenor sax. The other members were: piano, drums, bass, trumpet, clarinet and an amazing alto sax player who occasionally would bring out his soprano sax. All great musicians.

What a wonderful surprise to find this band that appears to have been around for quite a while. I am glad we finally got a chance to travel with them to another era.

More photos from May 2nd.

“Chloe”

Posted in Art, Dreams, Photography with tags , , , on April 24, 2017 by kozmicdogz

A new addition to the sculpture garden at the VMFA here in Richmond, VA.

“Chloe” by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (1955).

“Chloe” is an ever changing presence. The light, clouds, sun, and time of day change her, showing many faces and moods.

You will meet a different Chloe at each visit and even as you walk around her. Mesmerizing.

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Posted in Art, Photography, Politics, Writers & Writing with tags , , , on July 27, 2016 by kozmicdogz

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Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott is a new photography exhibit at the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts). It runs from July 23rd to October 30th, 2016.

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was an African American photographer for Life Magazine and also the well know author of the book The Learning Tree which he turned into a film in 1969.

This exhibit is from a photo essay Parks photographed in the early 50s when he traveled back to his home town of Fort Scott, Kansas to photograph his old classmates and friends. His project also took him to Chicago, Columbus, and Kansas City seeking his old friends. Although the essay never made it into Life Magazine as scheduled for April 1951, it is here in Richmond, Va along with many of the Life Magazine articles and photographs by Parks.

This is a great companion show to the exhibit Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic which runs through September 6.

For a few more images from Back to Fort Scott, click.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Posted in Art, Dreams, Richmond with tags , on June 11, 2016 by kozmicdogz

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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is on view at the VMFA from June 11, 2016 – Sept 5, 2016.

This is truly an amazing show. Probably the best traveling show since the Picasso exhibit which opened the newly renovated museum. The scale, humor and emotion of these strangely juxtapositioned works of art are breathtaking.

Wiley was born in Los Angeles in 1977 and now works out of New York City.

Please take the time to go to this show, you will not be disappointed.

More photos from this show.

The Tattoo Show @ the VMFA

Posted in Art with tags , , on May 12, 2015 by kozmicdogz

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For more information click here.

Posing Beauty

Posted in Art with tags , , on May 8, 2014 by kozmicdogz

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Do not miss the current exhibit at the VMFA, “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.”

Curated by Deboarh Willis, the exhibit is exhaustive and beautiful. This exhibit was not one that I had been anxiously waiting for it to open, but I am so glad we went. And as is usual it was so much better than I had expected. The photographic images are beautiful and the paintings and sculptures are fantastic. .

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.

In conjunction with Posing Beauty and in the same gallery space is “Identity Shift” a collection of VMFA art from the 70s that compliments the Beauty.

The show runs from April 26th until July 27, 2014

While there do not miss the Civil Rights photography exhibit, “Signs of Protest: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era” outside the Amuse Restaurant through August 3rd.

60 Films – 60 Days at the VMFA

Posted in Film with tags , , , on November 27, 2013 by kozmicdogz

In conjunction with the Hollywood Costume exhibit now at the VMFA an unusual collection of films:

Unprecedented “60 Films/60 Days” Kicks Off at VMFA
A movie-a-day extravaganza, will be up and running this Friday, November 29.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ 60 Films / 60 Days gives you the opportunity to see your favorite costumes from the Hollywood Costume exhibition in action, on the big screen. Connect the dots between costume and character with a different Hollywood movie every day.

Everything from classics and contemporary to family and grown-up to cities and Westerns to knights and superheroes to suspense and comedies to music and romance to big stars and little stars and all else but the kitchen sink.

Each movie will have a short introduction by a VMFA staff member.

Mon-Thu, Sat & Sun,1:30 pm
Fridays, 6:30 pm
$5 per movie (separate admission from exhibition)
In Leslie Cheek Theater (or in Reynolds Lecture Hall where indicated with RLH.)
Through January 31.

December Schedule:
Dec 1   Dangerous Liaisons (1998) RLH
Dec 2   Out of Africa (1985) RLH
Dec 3   Morocco (1930) RLH
Dec 4   Funny Girl (1968)
Dec 5   Braveheart (1995) RLH Continue reading

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