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'Richmond as a Work of Art' panel features ICA architect

'Richmond as a Work of Art' panel features ICA architect

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The New York architect supervising the building of life and light into the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University will join a discussion of “Richmond as a Work of Art” on Saturday.

Dimitra Tsachrelia, project architect with Steven Holl Architects, will be on a panel with Richmond architecture columnist Edwin Slipek, museum director Bill Martin, mural artist Ed Trask, and Richmond architect Burt Pinnock at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at The Depot, 814 W. Broad St. Admission is free.

The ICA is under construction at the corner of West Broad and Belvidere streets.

Tsachrelia said the design of the ICA plays with ideas of time and space in the concept of “forking time.” Its wings fan out like the streets of the Fan District that begins at the edge of the VCU campus.

“This building is basically a hinge at the corner of this fanning district,” she said by phone from New York.

“It’s also related to the function of the ICA. It’s not a museum in the traditional sense where you have a linear past and progression among artworks. It’s a place where different arts and artists will be exhibited. It speaks to what art is today.”

“Richmond as a Work of Art” is an exhibit of wall scrolls in storefront windows at East Broad and North Second streets. The exhibit is presented in collaboration with The Storefront for Community Design, which has also opened its gallery space to the installation.

“The exhibition studies the founding conditions of a historic city to distill the modern consequences and to project a future civic vision,” exhibit curator Emma Fuller said in an announcement of the program.

The display includes original drawings of the city’s architectural form, infrastructural systems, and park spaces to demonstrate the layering of history, the transformation of urban elements and their radical reinvention, she said.


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