Raymond Bulumbula is one of two artists who will travel nearly 10,000 miles in September to reconnect with artworks in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection that were collected from their community in the 1960s. Courtesy Kluge-Ruhe

Kluge-Ruhe holds up the mirror

Following last month’s local violence by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups, many people are speaking and acting out against racism for the first time. But becoming an effective activist and ally to people of color requires humility, curiosity and ongoing education—which is why locals are lucky that a small building, perched on a […]

“Black theater is raw and painful at times,” says Eric Jones, who plays Booster in August Wilson’s Jitney at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center September 15-24. Photo by Eze Amos

Jitney is fueled by authenticity and emotion

Lights go up on the wood-paneled stage in the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center auditorium to reveal the inside of a jitney cab station in Pittsburgh. It’s early fall 1977 and the Hill District, a group of neighborhoods that have long been the cultural center of black life in the city—full of black-owned homes, […]

New director and curator Matthew McLendon is assessing the role that UVA’s Fralin Museum will play beyond Grounds. “What I can say is that I want The Fralin to be a positive space where all feel welcome, heard and appreciated,” he says. “I want The Fralin to be a part of many communities. This is what I’m thinking about and this is what I’m working toward.” Photo by Amy Jackson

Matthew McLendon wants more at The Fralin

In January, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia welcomed a director and chief curator, Matthew McLendon, formerly with Tate Britain in London, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College and The Ringling Museum of Art, the state art museum of Florida. While McLendon worked at The Ringling, the art blogazine […]