Exhibits Archive: 2004

A Well-Dressed Bed: The Material Culture of Sleep

A Well-Dressed Bed: The Material Culture of Sleep, is an exhibition that has taken the fairly simple conceptual idea of 19th century bedsteads and bedcovers and expanded it for a rather full explanation of the bedroom through the objects that tell its story.

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Metal/Southeast is an exhibition of thirty-seven objects by seven artist teams. Each has demonstrated a commitment to working in ways that are thought to be more a part of our past than our present cultural experience. While widespread historical hand traditions were made obsolete by newer technological processes, in the hands ...

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Quilt National 2003: The Best of Contemporary Quilts

Quilt National 2003 is the thirteenth in the series of biennial international juried exhibitions to be mounted by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio. Quilts included in this exhibition were selected from more than 1450 works from 676 artists from 47 states and 20 countries. Nearly half of the works are ...

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In Intricate Detail: Pierced-Tin Furniture from Southwest Virginia & Northeast Tennessee

Between 1840 and 1860, furniture with pierced-tin panels was made in abundance throughout Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Found usually on the back porch or in the kitchen, the common food safe was the furniture form on which pierced-tin panels were usually placed. However, they also found their way into the dining room on sideboards and cupboards. Some ...

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Pinturas de Fe: The Retablo Tradition in Mexico and New Mexico

The story of the retablo tradition as it evolved in the Americas, from the time of the Spanish Conquest to the present day. These small devotional saint paintings, first used to convert indigenous peoples to Catholicism, are still faithfully produced today.

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Robert Stuart and Charles Goolsby: A Dialogue in Paint

An exhibition of artwork and commentary by two prominent Virginia painters, Robert Stuart of Lexington and Charles Goolsby of Emory.

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An American Perspective: Paintings from the New World, 1820-1930

Explore the European roots of early American art through an investigation of landscapes, marine paintings and portraits. Featuring works by some of America’s finest painters, this exhibition will reveal how visual images of the period helped shape a national identity.

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Skewed: Works by Andrew Baxter and Steve Bickley

Steve Bickley and Andrew Baxter navigate between the boundaries that define sculpture and painting. Their works defy either classification and yet beautifully unify both. While both work in metal – Baxter uses bronze, one of the earliest metals applied to sculpture, and Bickley uses steel, the metal of the moderns – their sculptures hang on the wall as ...

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Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Blue Ridge & Riding the Lee Highway: Route 11 in Postcards

Since the late 1800s, travelers to the Blue Ridge Mountains have been sending postcards of everything from gigantic apples to town squares. This photographic legacy offers a unique view of western Virginia architecture, commerce, and scenic vistas. The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum created Wish You Were Here and Riding the Lee Highway, bringing together half ...

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Touch Me I’m Sick: Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs by Charles Peterson

Touch Me I’m Sick features such bands as Nirvana, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Hole, Black Flag, Fugazi, and Sonic Youth, among others. Like his recent book of the same name (taken from a Mudhoney songs), Touch Me I’m Sick

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