Artsline: Must See Virtual Art, History and Music Events
Artsline: Virtual Edition || May 11, 2020
"Any great work of art... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world — the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air." ~Leonard Bernstein
The RVA arts and culture community continues to pivot to online and social-distance-appropriate events. If you are missing your favorite music, festivals, exhibits, or theatre - odds are there is something virtual out there for you. Take a look at what’s on this week!
1. "MORAL, MATERNAL, MANNISH, & MONSTROUS: SUFFRAGIST IMAGES, 1900-1920"
May 15, noon
As the fight for female suffrage in America intensified in the early 20th century, pro- and anti-suffrage forces deployed propagandist imagery to convey their message. Discover what period images of suffragists tell us about historical attitudes toward women and their role in American civic life. This program is part of the Virginia Museum of History and Cultures’s Curators At Home Series taped by curatorial staff members from their own homes.
2. ART OF COMMUNITY: A POSTCARD PROJECT
Ongoing through October
Postcards help us stay connected when we’re not together. While we care for each other by staying apart, Art for the Journey invites our community to connect and unite by creating bite-sized artwork from home, and sending it to them as a postcard! Get more information and mailing instructions HERE.
3. CREATIVEMORNINGS RVA: NATURE
Everyone is welcome
May 15, 8:45am
CreativeMornings is the world’s largest face-to-face creative community - but with social distancing, current gatherings are through Zoom. Like other CreativeMorning chapters worldwide, RVA creatives get together each month to chat, connect, and listen to a member of our community chat on a singular theme. May’s theme is “Nature.” What can nature teach us about living with strength, vulnerability, and grace during these times? You must register to attend.
4. SOCIALLY-DISTANCED BEETHOVEN STRING TRIO
May 17, 4pm
The Garth Newel Music Center presents a YouTube Premiere: Socially-Distanced Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1 with members of Garth Newel Piano Quartet
5. RICHMOND BALLET STORYTIME
The Richmond Ballet is joining forces with bbgbbooks in Carytown to bring some of today’s most exciting dance-themed books read by a ballerina. Each Thursday at 10am ballet’s company dancers in their homes as they bring these books to life!
6. MAY 2020 VIRTUAL ART OPENING
May 15, 6pm
“We’re legal!” says Jenni Kirby, co-founder and now sole owner of Crossroads Art Center as the award willing gallery celebrates its 18th year this month! In celebration, Kirby will host a virtual Open House featuring five new exhibitions.
7. CLASSICAL REVOLUTION RVA LIVE FEED
Mondays & Wednesdays, noon;
and Fridays, 8pm through June 12
Enjoy live music and support your local classical scene by following Classical Revolution’s live feed, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through June 12.
8. VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ONLINE COLLECTIONS
The VMFA has a robust online collection of art and artists stories, such as their collection of African American art, of which the above Three Folk Musicians by Romare Bearden is a recent acquisition. Beyond their collections, the VMFA also offers online audio tours, which are perfect for the student or adult wanting a deeper dive into the meaning, context, and history behind the art.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with social-distance-safe events such as online classes, virtual exhibitions or concerts, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here. If you are an artist or an arts or cultural organization in need of resources and tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.