Virginia Art Institute Hosts Fall Exhibits

New venue showcases contemporary works

BY KATE WAHNSCHAFFE — Fall 2018

he new Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., presents two exhibitions focused on social and cultural issues this fall.

For “Provocations,” conceptual artist Rashid Johnson takes advantage of the institute’s True Farr Luck Gallery’s sculptural ceiling and opaque glass windows to create a large-scale pyramidlike tower filled with plants, artifacts, shea-butter sculptures, videos, and more that reflect African-American history. Visitors can walk through the piece, stopping to linger at seating areas designed throughout where musicians, poets, and others perform live responses to Johnson’s work. On view through July 7.

Artists Abbas Akhavan, Jonathas de Andrade, David Hartt, Julianne Swartz, and Pascale Marthine Tayou join forces for the other exhibition, titled “Hedges, Edges, Dirt.” Multimedia installations, videos, sculptures, and textiles explore how people relate to their surroundings and to each other, both when they are native and non-native. On view through Jan. 6.

The three-floor, 41,000-square-foot institute, designed by New York-based Steven Holl Architects, opened in April and features 10,200 square feet of exhibition space, classrooms, outdoor gardens, four green roofs, café, bar, and a 240-seat auditorium for film screenings, live performances, and lectures. 804-828-2823; icavcu.org

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