The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little illuminations. Matches struck unexpectedly in the dark. - Virginia Woolf
Everyday Magic features a selection of recent photographs by Lauren Keim celebrating and exploring the vitality and beauty of overlooked moments in everyday life. Morning light illuminating a bedroom window, dishes at the kitchen sink, and a slept-in bed reveal intimate spaces in the artist’s home. Keim’s presence is evident in these photographs even if her body is absent. Her reverence for family can be seen in the heirlooms tucked into various corners of the interiors. Like the artist, we surround ourselves with everyday spaces and objects whose small details often unveil who we truly are. The nature of noticing is intuitive to Keim. She is most comfortable when she has a camera in her hand and is fascinated with making images that reveal simple moments that cannot be repeated. She pays attention to how light shifts throughout the day, often planning an image in advance and waiting in a particular location of her home to achieve her vision.
Music, literature, and poetry are also key influences on Keim, and she enjoys exploring the relationship between her visual experience and the written word. The titles of these photographs are all taken from poignant songs, poems, or lines from fiction. An expanded quote has been provided on the label to enhance your viewing and interpretation of the photograph.
Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education.
Image: Lauren Keim, Free for the Strangest Adventures, 2020. Photography. Courtesy of the artist.
She Says: Women, Words and Power
July 15 - October 24, 2021
She Says presents the work of eight women artists who include text as a fundamental element of their art practice. Each one engages with text directly, navigating its power and reflecting its influence back to the viewer. They all move in and out of its flow, whether the text is from a poem, a religious tome, or simply something that is shouted on the street. They start with a personal history, a narrative that has deep roots in the written word.
July 15 - October 24, 2021
Amplify focuses on the experiences of woman-identifying artists in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Virginia MOCA curators connected with curatorial colleagues and asked them to share their recommendations of woman-identifying artists who are exploring identity and the gendered roles of women.
Come Join Us
From interactive talks with artists, to guided tours of the Museum, there are events for all ages, interests, and artistic experience.
The Summer of Women exhibitions are generously supported by the PRA Group with additional support from Arleen Cohen, Susan and Andy Cohen in honor of their mothers Irene Fritsch and Lolly Cohen, Jodi and Jay Klebanoff, Southern Bank, and Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.