“American Folk Art Buildings: Architecture, Imagination, and Storied Places" with Steven Burke

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

LCVA’s hosts upcoming presentation: “American Folk Art Buildings: Architecture, Imagination, and Storied Places” with Steven Burke

Americans have been wonderfully impelled for varied reasons to render small buildings and structures. The nation’s largest and only such collection will be described at The Longwood Center for Visual Arts on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The documentary "Rendered Small" and a presentation on the collection and this area of American material culture will be followed by discussion with the collectors and the filmmakers.

The 16-minute documentary "Rendered Small", the first national documentary explication American Folk Art Buildings, was envisioned and created by Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry of Raleigh, NC. The film richly merges revelations about the buildings, the two collectors, and the reality of daily life with so many small places. Dr. Gordon is Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina State University, an engagingly astute author, speaker, and teacher about films. Mr. Cherry is among North Carolina's lead modernist architects and an unfailingly good thinker about built places in large or small communities. Their marriage survived dealing with 1200 buildings and 2 collectors.

Steven Burke will discuss and project images to explicate and reveal the collection as well his necessary learning over 35 years about the structures. Types and known or surmised reasons for their creation will be conveyed – as will be the happy passion shaping their gathering as well as the unfailing delight the structures yield in viewers. A small number of representative buildings will be shown and explicated.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. All LCVA exhibitions and programs are made possible through the generous support of the Wells-Fargo Foundation, the Walter J. Payne Foundation, Anne Carter & Walter R. Robbins, Jr. Foundation, the E.B. Duff Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Southside Electric Cooperative, Gantt Insurance & Auto Owners, Walmart, and Helton House.

 

About LCVA:

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts presents a rotating program of inspiring and conversation-starting events and exhibitions. Admission to LCVA and its programs is—and always has been—free for all. LCVA is located at the intersection of Main and Third Street (129 North Main Street) in Farmville, Virginia. For additional information on exhibitions or programs and events, contact LCVA at mosleykl@longwood.edu or 434.395.2206, or visit lcva.longwood.edu.

Press Release: 

Location

North Main Street

The LCVA is a 20,000-square-foot exhibition center featuring two rotating galleries that have shown works of worldwide importance, including the award-winning Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art, the nationally traveled Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a steady stream of solo and group exhibitions for nationally known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Lesley Dill, David Macaulay, and Kojo Griffin.

The LCVA also dedicates one gallery to a permanent exhibition of stunning African art, part of the Ziegler and Brumfield Collections of African Art. In 1997 Robert Ziegler, a longtime resident of Africa, established this collection with twenty-six important pieces. In 1999, Thomas and Donna Brumfield donated an additional eighty-eight works of African art. The collection includes an impressive array of statues, masks, drums, baskets, and garments, covering four geographical areas, twelve countries, and twenty-seven cultures. A catalog of this collection, Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, is available.