On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, artist Kehinde Wiley’s monumental sculpture Rumors of War will be permanently installed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. | Richmond, Virginia 23220. The unveiling will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is FREE and open to the public.
The program will include remarks by Kehinde Wiley; The Honorable Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia; The Honorable Levar Stoney, Mayor of the City of Richmond; Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s Director and CEO; Dr. Monroe Harris, VMFA’s President of the Board of Trustees; Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Sydney and Francis Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; and Sean Kelly, founder, Sean Kelly Gallery. The event will begin with a performance by Richmond’s All City High School Marching Band, featuring students from high schools across the city, and conclude with a reception for the public in the museum’s Cochrane Atrium, with live music and refreshments.
Mounted proudly on its large stone pedestal, Rumors of War is the artist’s direct response to the ubiquitous Confederate sculptures that populate the United States, particularly in the American South. Standing at just under three stories tall, Wiley’s sculpture depicts a young, African American figure dressed in urban streetwear and sitting astride a massive horse in a striking pose based on the equestrian monument to Confederate States Army general James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart on Richmond’s Monument Avenue.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. | Richmond, Virginia 23220 www.VMFA.museum
Admission to VMFA’s permanent collection galleries is free. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is located at 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond. 804-340-1400.
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