At the same time, Bob Paris video artist, Whitney Biennial participant and Virginia Commonwealth University faculty member takes over some Anderson Gallery space with interplay of video footage taken from television coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Described as "dreamscape," his installation "Disturbance" (Jan. 27-March 5) tackles issues of how the media handle social disasters.
Nationally recognized designers four graphic and one fashion who also happen to teach at VCU's School of the Arts, exhibit in a mixed media installation called "Dreamers" at Art6 (Feb. 3-26).
Reynolds Gallery also focuses its attention on printmaking by pairing an exhibition of prints by local artist Tanja Softic with a show of master and contemporary printmakers including Picasso, Matisse and Braque (Jan. 27-March 11).
Race, gender and culture are the subjects of "Carrie Mae Weems: To Be Continued" at Visual Arts Center (Feb. 3-March 19). Weems is an internationally renowned photographer who was recently named Women in Photography International's 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Photographer's Award. She also received the 2005-2006 Rome Prize in visual arts from the American Academy in Rome. She often combines images of African-Americans with text and other media to suggest narrative readings. This exhibition includes images from her well-known "Kitchen Table Series" and "May Days Long Forgotten." Weems' belief in photography as a tool for activism and change is shared by local artist Mark McIntyre, whose strangely lyrical series of digital images called "Wet Trash" is coming to Artspace (Jan. 27-Feb. 19).
Architectural designer and critic Paulette Roberts-Pullen has been writing about art for 18 years.
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