The special exhibition explores race and gender by replacing paintings of European aristocrats with contemporary black subjects.
From the VMFA:
A stunning retrospective of this artist’s prolific career through nearly 60 paintings and sculptures. Wiley’s work raises intriguing questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. By replacing the European aristocrats with contemporary black subjects, Wiley’s portraits draw attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives.
The exhibition is free for VMFA members; $12 for adults; $10 for youth, college students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.
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