Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Our Hearts on Our Sleeves

Closed Jan 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.

One Love: LGBT Families

Closed Sep 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.

Altria Group, Capital One, Virginia is for Lovers, Diversity Richmond, Q94 and Pride Radio.

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

Closed Jun 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.

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

The Virginia Man: Respect, Responsibility, Rebellion

Closed Jan 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, were on display in galleries dedicated to an exploration of public and private character of the Virginia man.

Presented by Peter Blair

Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service

Closed Nov 20, 2016 but currently available on Google Cultural Institute

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.

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