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2009/11/13

Let’s see if I can find a picture of someting from the Lewis collection at the Virginia Museum.  Here’s one:  (I’ve actually seen this; it is a life size sculpture.)

Ice Mankikismith 

1995-96

Kiki Smith (American, 1954- )

Bronze

79-1/4”H x 29-1/2”W x 11-1/2”D
201.30 cm x 74.93 cm x 29.21 cm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. The Sydney and Frances Lewis Endowment Fund, 2004.1
Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

I’ve been planning to renew my membership to the Virginia Museum, but I thought I’d wait until all the galleries were open again.  I didn’t, because of a wonderful preview for members that is happening 20 November.  Remember my favorite art patrons in Richmond, the Lewises?  I wrote about them here.  The preview on the 20th is of the new gallery with the Lewis collection of contemporary art!  I’m very excited.  If you are a member or decide to join the museum, please join us for this preview.  It is a wonderful collection, and I know there are additions to it since I’ve last seen it.  Remember James Prosek?  I wrote about him here and here.  I know the museum purchased one of his paintings, and I think it will be part of this exhibit. 

Also, did anyone join Visual Arts Center of Richmond?  I did when I signed up for my Creative Spark writing class, so I could get the discount, and I thought I might take more courses there this year.  Sunday afternoon there is a new members reception at the home of one of the board members.  I’m going, and I wondered if anyone reading this is also a new member, and going to the reception?  Let me know if you are and I will look for you there!

I’m very excited about both of these events, especially the preview.  Can’t wait to see the new Sydney and Frances Lewis Gallery, and the fabulous works of art in it, both old and newly acquired.  And then the whole museum is reopening in May!   For a town the size of Richmond, the VMFA is quite impressive.

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3 Responses to “Arts Events”

  1. Suzanne Hall Says:

    Thanks for the encouragement to join VMFA, Julie. You are correct that only members will be able to see the amazing reinstalled galleries for Modern and Contemporary, Art Nouveau and Art Deco PLUS Faberge, British silver, the newly conserved tapestries in the redesigned tapestry hall, Renaissance art, Northern and Southern Baroque and 17th century European art. Oh yes, and the reinstalled Byzantine and Medieval galleries. We are reinstalling our entire collections in the existing galleries and moving most to new and larger spaces. Next up comes the major task of installing all the collections in the soon-to-be-finished McGlothlin Wing. The staff at VMFA is working around the clock to ensure our excellence in presentation continues. It’s a lot to be proud of!

    There was no town the size of Richmond with a museum of the size and scope of VMFA. When we reopen we will be among the top ten comprehensive art museums in the nation!

  2. Julie Says:

    Thank you for commenting, Suzanne. Now that my children are older, I’m excited to be involved in the Richmond arts scene again, and it has certainly grown.

    I didn’t realize how many more galleries were going to be open for this preview. I can’t wait!

  3. stephanie joyce Says:

    Nice KiKi Smith! I will have to reacquaint myself with the Virginia Museum. Maybe I will come down for the opening in May. Glad that you are getting so active in the Richmond Art scene!


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