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The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

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2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
(804) 644-3041

May 2018

Covering: Layered Light, Texture, and Motion

May 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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The series is comprised of five components that explore the use of light, texture and movement in surface design. Each of the five subject matters are connected to idea of the covering and seclusion. Hawa Stwodah is an Afghan born designer and instructor based in the United States.

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June 2018

My Superhero Self: Posters by Girls CAN

June 1, 2018 - June 10, 2018
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Superhero posters were completed by students in the Girls CAN program, run by the Chester Family YMCA in Chester, Virginia. Girls CAN is a girl empowerment group for elementary and middle school girls in Greenleigh Mobile Home Park. In summer 2017, students in Girls CAN worked with two graphic designers, to create posters of themselves as superheroes. First they pondered a problem in the world they’d like to fix and the outfits their superheroes would wear. Then they drew portraits…

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Virginia by Design Awards Exhibit

June 1, 2018 - June 10, 2018
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Celebrating the winning work in the inaugural Virginia by Design Awards, The Branch will exhibit images and collateral from the recognized projects.

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Virginia Union University and 1899 Industrial Hall

June 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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A panel discussion focusing on Virginia Union University, its history, and the 1899 Industrial Hall. Industrial Hall is one of the original nine buildings on VUU’s campus designed by noted architect John H. Coxhead. A two-phase rehabilitation project will restore this building into a center for arts and creativity which will house VUU’s growing art collection. Pre-registration required and available on their website.

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The House That Branch Built

June 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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An architectural tour of the historic home, the Branch House. See rooms rarely opened to the public and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark. Registration can be found on their website. ($, Free for members)

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Coloratura at 35: A Retrospective

June 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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For thirty-five years Catherine Roseberry and Rob Womack, working at Coloratura, have been using furniture as a canvas for a thorough exploration of the arts of the past. Woven into the surface design of each piece may be inspirations from painting, music, film, literature or applied arts such as furniture, textile, graphic and automobile design. The exhibition will present many privately commissioned works never before publicly displayed.

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July 2018

Coloratura at 35: Gallery Talk

July 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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For 35 years two Richmond-area artists been transforming furniture pieces into works of art which have adorned private homes or been displayed in major museums. Join Catherine and Rob for a discussion of their work, and a guided tour through the galleries discussing pieces individually. Light refreshments will be provided. Advance registration is required. ($, Free for Members)

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Coloratura at 35: Gallery Talk

July 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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For 35 years two Richmond-area artists been transforming furniture pieces into works of art which have adorned private homes or been displayed in major museums. Join Catherine and Rob for a discussion of their work, and a guided tour through the galleries discussing pieces individually. Light refreshments will be provided. Advance registration is required. ($, Free for Members)

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The House That Branch Built

July 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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An architectural tour of the historic home, the Branch House. See rooms rarely opened to the public and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark. Registration can be found on their website. ($, Free for members)

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August 2018

Cynthia Myron: Artist-in-Residence

August 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - August 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Cynthia’s work explores the physicality and emotional weight of constructed spaces, particularly the home. Working first in carved wax, she casts elements in pewter which are added to her illustrations to create “three-dimensional drawings.” She will be on site Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week from noon-4pm. Stop by and see what she’s up to!

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Coloratura at 35: Gallery Talk

August 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Join Catherine and Rob for a discussion of their work, and a guided tour through the galleries discussing pieces individually. Light refreshments will be provided. Advance registration is required. ($, Free for members)

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The House That Branch Built

August 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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An architectural tour of the historic home, the Branch House. See rooms rarely opened to the public and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark. Registration can be found on their website. ($, Free for members)

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Back to School Design Weekend

August 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on August 19, 2018 at 12:00pm

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Saturday is all about 2D Design – house tours, sketching, map-making, and a team activity. Sunday is focused on 3D Design – activities on the basics of building strong structures, including an egg drop. For students entering 1st through 5th grade. Registration is required, you can register for a single day or both.

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The House That Branch Built

August 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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An architectural tour of the historic home, the Branch House. See rooms rarely opened to the public and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark. Registration can be found on their website. ($, Free for members)

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October 2018

About Beulah Gould Branch, Mrs. John Kerr Branch

October 1, 2018 - November 2, 2018
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Information about Mrs. Beulah Branch, her life, and the work done this summer restoring her bedroom will be in the Long Gallery. Come peak into the life of the lady of the house.

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(Im)permanence

October 1, 2018 - November 2, 2018
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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(Im)permanence invites the viewer into a dialogue between society, intimate spaces, and the fleeting moments that exist within nature and the permanence of the architecture that surrounds us. The pieces featured by Cynthia Myron in this exhibition are a culmination of works revealing passing of individual memory, emotional weight, and lasting recollection that exists within constructed spaces.

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HUMBUG: The Great P.T. Barnum Séance

October 4, 2018 - October 7, 2018
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Lead by David London, hear the incredible true stories of Barnum's life. Encounter genuine artifacts from Barnum's career. Limited seating, recommended for 16 and older.

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December 2018

Holiday House Tours

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Learn about holiday celebrations that occurred in The Branch House and a guided tour through the historically accurate decorations. December 1 December 15 December 22 December 29

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Gingerbread Date Night

December 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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They will provide all of the materials you need to create your sugary and sweet gingerbread house. Enjoy wine and heavy holiday hors d’oeuvres as you decorate.

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Holiday Open House

December 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Did you know The Branch House was built as a winter holiday home for the Branch Family? See the house dressed up the way it was meant to be: there will be warm drinks, cookies, festive activities, and fun for the whole family. The Branch is a Hospitality Stop on the Fan District Association Holiday House Tour December 8th and 9th

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January 2019

Sandy Bond Retrospective

January 1 - January 14
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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See the amazing sculptures of accomplished Architect Sandy Bond. His focus on materials in his architectural projects is translated into his sculptural works where he uses common industrial materials: structural steel, glass, wood, Plexiglas or concrete. Each work is a spatial exploration done in the abstract.

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The Branch Centennial Lecture Series: James B. Garrison

January 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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James Garrison, an architect with over 35 years of experience in historic preservation will speak about the important role of The Branch House in Richmond’s history as well as its importance for the legacy of its architect John Russell Pope. Garrison’s work has included research and restoration work on many National Historic Landmark structures including the National Gallery of Art and several state capitols. He is the author of “Mastering Tradition, The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope.”

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The Branch Centennial Lecture Series: Robert Winthrop

January 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Twenty-first century Richmonders struggle with Monument Avenue’s meaning. The street has always sent different signals to different communities. Early residents saw both the future and the past in its composition.

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The Branch Centennial Lecture Series: Caroline Rennolds Milbank

January 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Caroline Rennolds Milbank, a fashion historian and author, will speak about her ancestor Beulah Gould Branch as a young woman travelling abroad for the first time. From Beulah’s diaries and letters home come tales of adventure, danger, a growing passion for art, history and even flirtation.

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Coloratura Returns

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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Coloratura will return to lecture on their work and the five pieces that remain at The Branch Museum, The Conjuror Revealed Panels. Their work combines furniture, art history, illustration, and painting to create heirloom-quality pieces. Coloratura will lecture on works past, present, and future, and will discuss the timelines and lifetimes of their work.

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February 2019

BridgePark

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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The engaging 28-foot long architectural site model will be on display along with beautiful park renderings and exciting images highlighting the park plans. View the scale model of downtown Richmond and participate in an interactive model-building activity, inspired by BridgePark’s “Learning By Design” educational curriculum. Materials and prompts will be provided for kids young and old to build their own parks with the help of professional designers.

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Peter Culley

February 7 @ 6:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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London architect Culley will present a lecture on his work from the time of the VMFA, then on to various works of quite varied scales before coming back to Richmond for the downtown BridgePark intiative. Peter’s studio has a reputation for interrogating the principles of a project and also the boundaries of the disciplines it operates within. Advance registration required; Tickets are non-refundable.

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Peter Culley: Mounds, Compounds, Sheds and Monoliths

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond,VA23220
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London architect Peter Culley will present a lecture on his work from the time of the VMFA where he was project architect for Rick Mather Architects in the Rick Mather + SMBW collaboration, then on to various works of quite varied scales in New York, Memphis, rural Virginia, Los Angeles and London for his own practice, Spatial Affairs Bureau, before coming back to Richmond for the ambitious downtown BridgePark intiative. Peter’s studio has a reputation for interrogating the principles of…

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