Photo courtesy of the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University.

New In Richmond

Before opening in April, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond was named one of the “15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year” by Architectural Digest. The nearly 41,000-square-foot building includes galleries, a bar and a café. The café opens to an outdoor garden, described by institute architect Steven Holl as the “Thinking Field” and home to sculptures, ginkgo trees and a reflecting pond. Rotating exhibits feature contemporary art in a variety of mediums, from paintings and photographs to textiles, sculptures, video, performance and more. “Declaration,” the inaugural exhibit, explores contemporary art’s power to catalyze change through the works of 34 emerging and established artists from Richmond and around the globe. Paul Rucker, who is currently in residence at the ICA and is one of those artists, created a reinterpreted presentation of Ku Klux Klan robes titled “Storm in the Time of Shelter,” using diverse fabrics and patterns to illustrate the repetitive nature of history. Admission is free.

Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia, 804-828-2823, icavcu.org