Changing Exhibitions


The Virginia Man: Respect, Responsibility, Rebellion

May 6, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Do clothes really make the man? The history of Virginia is a complex one. So , too, is the character of the Virginia man. Stories of respect, responsibility and rebellion, preserved in the wardrobes and accessories of prominent and little-known Virginians, will be on display in galleries dedicated to an exploration of public and private character of the Virginia man.

Sponsored by Peter Blair, Nordstrom, Schwarzschild Jewelers


Steve H

Photo: Mark Mitchell

Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service

May 12 - November 13, 2016
Now extended through November 20, 2016!

This collaborative project with Richmond photographer Mark Mitchell explores local military veterans' service through portraiture and oral histories. Subjects share their stories in conflicts from World War II to the present day and reflect on how these experiences have shaped their lives and values.

Sponsored by Dominion Resources, Inc.


Dayle Dunn

The Dunn Family, May 25, 1989, Lindy Keast Rodman, Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection, V.91.04.1243

It's All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)

October 13, 2016 - June 18, 2017

What defines a Richmond family in 2016? The classic nuclear family has been left behind along with our black and white television sets and tuna noodle casseroles. This exhibition explores the changing definition and composition of what makes a family in our Richmond community over the past five centuries.

Sponsored by Julia and Tunnicliff Fox Charitable Trust, Altria Group and Richmond Family Magazine



Photo: Michael Simon

One Love: LGBT Families

December 1, 2016 – September 4, 2017

This exhibition questions the traditional definition of a family through portraits of LGBT families in the Richmond region. Presented in collaboration with Richmond Region Tourism’s outRVA campaign and photographer Michael Simon.

Sponsored by Altria Group, Virginia is for Lovers, Capital One, Richmond Region Tourism and Michael Simon Photography


Paper Dress

Photo: Dress, 2010, Melody Gulick, Paper, fabric, glue, yarn, V.2011.08.01, Gift of Mrs. Richard S. Reynolds III

Our He(arts) on Our Sleeves

April 28, 2017 - January 28, 2018

Drawing on the Valentine’s extensive collection of historic and contemporary costume and textiles, O­ur Hearts On Our Sleeves celebrates Richmond’s devotion to diverse creative expression. The fashion and fiber arts have long played an important role in Richmond’s creative community, enlivening Richmond’s streets, shops, galleries, museums, and performance spaces. Codes of dress and works of art have both been employed to communicate or challenge cultural values and to reinforce or subvert social structures. Embedded within these tools of identity construction is a dual nature that invites dynamic exchange about both the personal and the communal experience.

Our Hearts on Our Sleeves examines Richmond’s longstanding infatuation with the arts as articulated through individual style and communal support of avant-garde fashion and fiber art. Like the murals that adorn the city’s buildings, textiles adorn citizen’s bodies uniting artistic expression with self-actualization, creativity with civic service, and traditional techniques with profound irreverence.



Photo: Michael K. Lease

Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond

July 27, 2017 – April 15, 2018

There are approximately 100,000 Latinos in the Richmond metropolitan area who represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.  As Latinos immigrate to Richmond, they establish permanent ties to their new home and begin to transform its culture. Through interviews, objects and images, Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond documents the region’s diverse Latino experience.


Jazz In Virginia, The Early Years: 1900-1949

September 2017 - April 2018