On Wednesday, August 28, from 6–8pm, the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU will host an artist lecture by Corin Hewitt, associate professor of sculpture. Hewitt’s latest solo exhibition, Shadows Are to Shade, is on view at the ICA through September 1.
Hewitt conducted independent archaeology to create his new show, excavating underneath his two-story home and studio in the Fan last year. His work led him to discover that the plot of land beneath his century-old house was once owned by the family of Richmond excavator William T. Ford in the 1880s. The artifacts and research materials from Hewitt’s project are on view at the ICA now, and the dig site at his home is also open to interested visitors once a week.
Shadows Are to Shade has received praise from arts publications, with Cultured Magazine saying it “busts the doors off” of the ICA:
The show digs both metaphorically and literally into the architecture of the Virginia-based artist’s life in pursuit of connectivity. … In welcoming the public into the intimacies of his home, Hewitt asks us as viewer to consider our relationship to the banal objects around us and the stories and nightmares they carry.