Coming up…Contemporary African Art

We are in the midst of installation time over here at the Anderson Gallery. Getting ready for our fall exhibition– Environment and Object, Recent African Art. Organized by the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the exhibition features work by sixteen contemporary African artists. Currently, we’re in the process of installing three dazzling wall hangings by internationally celebrated artist El Anatsui. He’ll be at VCU giving the 2011 Windmueller lecture on Monday, September 19 at the Grace Street Theatre. The lecture’s format will be a conversation between Anatsui and Babatunde Lawal, professor of Art History at VCU (and one of the nicest and most intelligent men you’ll ever meet).

The show will tackle some tough issues– like the impact of urbanization and ecological devastation– and the work on view is absolutely stunning. There are great teaser images on our website:

Stop by the opening reception; it’ll be here at the Gallery on Friday, September 9 from 5-8 pm.

And, don’t miss the panel discussion on September 8 at the Grace Street Theater, 934 W Grace. Two featured artists, Viye Diba from Senegal and Bright Ugochukwu Eke, as well as the exhibition co-curators and Dr. Lawal will all be offering up their thoughts and insights into the show and the themes that it addresses. See you there!!



Next Up: Installations at the Anderson Gallery Will Offer Immersive Experiences

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RICHMOND, VA- The Anderson Gallery’s winter exhibition, The Nameless Hour: Places of Reverie, Paths of Reflection, will open on Friday evening, November 19, with a public reception from 6-8 pm. The Anderson Gallery is located on VCU’s Monroe Park campus, at 907½ West Franklin Street.

Featuring video, sound, and sculptural installations by some of the most prominent artists working today, the exhibition will explore reverie as a complex phenomenon of human nature, characterized by solitary reflection and complex imagination. Works by Janine Antoni (New York), Stephen Cartwright (Champaign, IL), Spencer Finch (New York), Sigalit Landau (Tel Aviv), Paul Pfeiffer (New York), Pipilotti Rist (Zurich & Los Angeles), and Stephen Vitiello (Richmond) will fill all three floors of the gallery, as well as a 19th-century carriage house next door. The exhibition will continue until February 20, 2011.

The Nameless Hour—a title derived from French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s book The Poetics of Reverie—is co-curated by Ashley Kistler, gallery director, and Dinah Ryan, an art critic, independent curator, and creative writing professor at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. “Each artist in this exhibition turns an extraordinary and precise attention to physical elements of the world and of landscape,” note the curators, “opening spheres of thought that produce the receptive quiet, free play, and deep reflection associated with reverie.”

In Sigalit Landau’s video projection, DeadSee—one of two works by Landau included in the show—buoyant salt water serves as a cushion on which the artist’s body is gradually loosed from within a coil of watermelons, leaving, as the coil is pulled from view, a blank field of tranquil blue water. For over twelve years, Stephen Cartwright has recorded his exact latitude, longitude, and elevation every hour of every day, using this data to create large-scale sculptures that physically manifest time and our place in it.Spencer Finch plays with images of covering and uncovering, revealing and concealing, in a series of sixty photographs that he took at one-minute intervals of shifting fog over a densely wooded landscape.

Viewers of Janine Antoni’s video installation, Tear, encounter the image of a giant watchful eye, which scrutinizes an actual wrecking ball and blinks in concert with its deafening sound, heard on the accompanying audio track. In a pair of new installations, sound and media artist Stephen Vitiello creates immersive soundscapes based on his extensive audio recordings made this past year of animal life and the movement of water in the Australian Outback. Paul Pfeiffer’s video installation, After the Deluge, brings a sense of illumination and expansive insight by combining references to both the history of art and representations of the sea and the sky. Finally, Pipilotti Rist’s video and sound installation, features lush landscape imagery projected onto a large ceiling-mounted screen, which is best viewed by reclining on the carpet sculpture below.

The exhibition catalogue, designed by graphic designer and VCU professor Sandy Wheeler, will include essays and contributions by author and philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright; artists Janine Antoni, Stephen Cartwright, and Stephen Vitiello; and both curators. The exhibition and publication are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Office of the Dean, School of the Arts.

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10-5; Saturday & Sunday, noon-5. Please note that the Anderson Gallery will close for the holidays on December 18, 2010, and reopen on January 4, 2011.

Slideshow images:

Janine Antoni, Tear, 2008, lead, steel, and HD video projection with surround sound (4182 lb wrecking ball, 33” diameter; 11 x 11’ projection). Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Sigalit Landau, DeadSee (from Cycle Spun, 2007), 2005, video. Courtesy of the artist and kamel mennour, Paris.

Pipilotti Rist, Gravity Be My Friend, 2007, audio video installation: 1 projector pointing to the ceiling, 1 player, 1 sound system, 1 wild carpet sculpture. Sound by Anders Guggisberg & Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Helen Lee

Visiting Artist Lecture: Helen Lee

Wednesday, November 3rd @ 12:30pm in the Bowe Street Bldg, Room 535

Helen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower based in Oakland, California. She holds an MFA in Glass from RISD and a BSAD in Architecture from MIT. She has taught in the Sculpture Department at California College of Art, and at the MIT Glass Lab. She is currently an Affiliate Artist at Headlands and the Glassblower-in-Residence at Palo Alto High School. She also works as a freelance graphic designer, most recently for Celery Design Collaborative in Berkeley, CA. Helen Lee’s website:

Visiting Artist Lecture: Fred Fenster

Visiting Artist Lecture: Fred Fenster

Thursday, October 22nd @ 11:00am in the Fine Arts Building, Room 238

Fred Fenster was born in the Bronx N.Y in 1934. He received his B.S. in Ed. from C.C.N.Y in 1956 and taught in the New York City public school system for one and a half years. He received an M.F.A. in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art on 1960. In 1962 he was hired as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to teach design, jewelry and craft classes in the Art department.

He Has Taught jewelry and metalsmithing classes as well as giving workshops in pewetersmithing and jewelry techniques at such school as Penland, Haystack, Peter’s Valley, and Arrowmont.

His work is in numerous private and public collections such as Milwaulkee Art Museum, the Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian, the Detroit Art Institute, Yale University, art Museum, the Skirball Museum of Judaica in Cincinatti, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul Korea, among others.

He was elected o Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1995.
He received the third Hans Christensen Memorial Silversmithing award in 2002.

Fred Fenster continues a full time teaching commitment at the University of Wisconsin as well as jewelry making.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich Lecture

The Department of Photography and Film welcomes Brian Ulrich (born 1971), an American photographer known for his photographic exploration of consumer culture.

Born in Northport, New York, Ulrich lives in Chicago, Illinois. In 2001 in response to a national call for citizens to bolster the American economy through shopping, Ulrich began a project to document consumer culture. This project, Copia, is a series of large scale photographs of shoppers, retail spaces, and displays of goods. Initially focused on big-box retail establishments and shoppers, the series expanded to include thrift stores, back rooms of retail businesses, art fairs and most recently empty retail stores and dead malls.

Ulrich’s work is held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Photo District News named Ulrich as one of 30 Emerging Photographers of 2007. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in photography.

October 14
Student Commons Theater
2:30 – 4:30pm

Visiting Artist Lecture: Anders Ruhwald

Anders Ruhwald

lecture: Thursday, October 8 at 12:00pm
609 Bowe Street, Room 535

Co-sponsored by the departments of Sculpture and Extended Media and Craft & Material Studies

Anders Ruhwald (born 1974, Denmark) lives and works in London and Detroit. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2005. Solo exhibitions include “The state of things” at The Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen, “You in Between” at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the UK as well as various gallery shows in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Stockholm, London, Copenhagen and Brussels. His work is represented in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of Decorative Art (Norway), The National Museum (Sweden), The Swedish Arts Council, The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark) and several other public and private collections around the world. He was awarded the Sotheby’s Prize in the United Kingdom in 2007 and the Annie and Otto Detlefs Price in Denmark in 2005. Anders Ruhwald’s website: