Opening September 20th:
Cynthia Myron’s work will be in the Great Hall September 20th – November 2nd
(Im)permanence invites the viewer into a dialogue between society, intimate spaces, and the fleeting moments that exist within nature and the permanence of the architecture that surrounds us. The pieces featured by Cynthia Myron in this exhibition are a culmination of works revealing passing of individual memory, emotional weight, and lasting recollection that exists within constructed spaces.
The work created for (Im)permanence challenges viewers to contemplate the idea of home and how it serves as a symbol of safety and shelter. Myron’s three-dimensional work draws inspiration from symbolism, history, architecture, ideas of value, and man-made alterations to our natural environment. During her time as an artist-in-residence at The Branch Museum this summer, Myron explored layering these themes while embarking on new inspirations including the architecture that surrounded her at The Branch. This uniquely tied in with her archival research that explores the rich 20th Century Tudor-Revival architecture in Northeast Pennsylvania that exploded during height of coal mining. This industry that once shaped the region has helped her formulate ideas surrounding family, community, and socioeconomics, as she spent a significant amount of her life in Northeast Pennsylvania where her family still resides.
Myron’s use of symbols including historically rooted imagery of Faberge, provide commentary to consider the value and preciousness of gold as she replaces it with pewter. This permits a new narrative void of monetary worth in today’s society. Other objects such as anthracite coal when cast in pewter and plated in gold, invite us to deconstruct the notions of labor, industry, and commodity. The ideas and work within (Im)permanence present the opportunity to consider what is constant and reliable compared to what is mutable, shifting, and curiously inconsistent.
For more information please visit Cynthia Myron’s website
About Beulah Gould Branch, Mrs. John Kerr Branch
Sandy Bond Retrospective
On exhibit in our galleries November 2 – January 14.
“My career has focused on creating places by defining space with various materials. Primarily as an architect, I focus on places for human habitation using a palette of different materials to define discreet regions of space accommodating various human endeavors. Every material possesses a unique set of characteristics rendering it different from any other. These innate qualities may be used to generate unique and different places enabling a range of use and meaning differing with the person.
The materials of my sculpture are common industrial materials: structural steel, glass, wood, plexiglas or concrete. I exploit the unique characteristics of each medium in the work which lends an appropriateness and timeless quality
Urban Blues, 2014
Each work is a spatial exploration done in the abstract rather than focused on particular uses. As analogs to reality, they have no actual scale rather the viewer supplies his own perception of the reality within the piece. By intensifying definition, place is suggested subject to the experience of the viewer. At once they are cities of tall buildings, verdant forests or points of land in the sea and one may wander through depending on one’s feeling at the time and limited only by the imagination.
On Permanent Exhibit
The House That Branch Built
Architect John Russell Pope, FAIA, is renowned for the design of a number of national landmarks, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (West Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond’s Union Station, headquarters of the Science Museum of Virginia. The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.
This exhibit is permanently in the chapel gallery, and generously made possible by a private Richmond foundation, and Tourism Cares.
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