All-Ivy VMFA Kehinde Wiley Exhibit Tour at VMFA -- Aug. 25
The Harvard Club of Virginia invites all Ivy League and Seven Sisters alums to join us on Thursday, August 25 at 6:00pm at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond for a private docent-led tour of the aclaimed Kehinde Wiley exhibit. After the tour, a group of us will be having dinner at Amuse, VMFA's fine dining restaurant.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents a stunning retrospective of this artist’s prolific career through nearly 60 paintings and sculptures. Kehinde Wiley’s work raises intriguing questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. Appropriating the format of specific paintings by renowned masters ranging from Titian to Édouard Manet, Wiley often depicts his subjects wearing sneakers, hoodies, and other gear associated with today’s hip-hop culture and sets them against ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and cultures. By replacing the European aristocrats with contemporary black subjects, Wiley’s portraits draw attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, is the coordinating curator at VMFA. Read more at http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/kehinde-wiley-a-new-republic/#jmA8zcxGvfOl59Bh.99
Our docent-led tour costs $7.00 for VMFA members and $17.00 for non-members. Please arrive at the museum by 5:45pm. Members must call Kathy Parrish, Group Tour Coordinator for VMFA at (804) 340-1575 by August 18 at noon and give her their membership number(s). Deadline for ordering tickets is Thursday, August 18 at noon. Please order through our Eventbrite website at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kehinde-wiley-exhibit-tour-at-vmfa-aug-25-tickets-26970955855 . The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is located at 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220. www.vmfa.museum . Parking is available in VMFA's parking lot. Cost is $5.00 for non-VMFA members and free for members. If you would like to join some of us for dinner at Amuse, the fine dining restaurant in the VMFA, please make your reservation for 7:30pm by calling them at (804) 340-1580. http://vmfa.museum/visit/dining/amuse-restaurant/. Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org .