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THE ANDERSON is pleased to present “Reach Out and Touch,” featuring recent alumni from MFA and BFA programs at VCUarts. The six artists in Reach Out and Touch are presenting work in a group show that includes painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, digital media and film. The exhibition is on view from August 4 through October 6, 2017 at the Anderson, 907 ½ West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, August 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. and all are invited to attend.
Bringing with it a host of pop-cultural allusions, the exhibition title “Reach Out and Touch” provides a multifaceted lens through which both the exhibition as a whole and individual works can be viewed: It functions as a sentimental nod to the gesture of reconnecting with old friends (it’s an alumni show…); As a tongue-in-cheek enticement to transgress the number one rule of all gallery and museum space (‘Don’t touch the art!’); As an acknowledgement of the haptic appeal and assertive materiality of works like Nick Fagan’s bas-relief wall sculpture “Stigmata Bond”; As an invitation to a more personal and meaningful community engagement as posited in works like Steven Casanova’s “The Richmond Cookbook”; Or, more darkly, as shorthand for the desires, powers and violence that drive hidden economies in Eva Rocha’s works addressing human trafficking.
Each of the artists in “Reach Out and Touch” participated in the Anderson’s 2017 Alumni Summer Studio Residency, which provided selected VCUarts alumni (2011 – 2016) with studio space from June 1 through August 31, 2017. The six artists were chosen from a pool of applicants based on strength of proposal in response to an open call that was issued in May.
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907 1/2 W. Franklin Street
Metered on-street parking is available. Parking is also available in VCU’s W. Broad Street Deck, located at 1001 W. Broad Street.
Chase Westfall, Director