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Details on the historic unveiling of “Rumors of War” by Kehinde Wiley.

“And today we say yes to something that looks like us. We say yes to inclusivity. We say yes to broader notions of what it means to be an American.” – Kehinde Wiley

The VMFA will celebrate the permanent installation “Rumors of War” on 12/10/19 at 3:30 p.m. at their entrance on Arthur Ashe Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

The outdoor program will include remarks by Kehinde Wiley and will begin with a performance by Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Band. Following the program of speakers, the celebration will conclude with a reception for the public in the atrium with live music and refreshments.

Other speakers include: The Honorable Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia; The Honorable Mayor Levar Stoney, Mayor of the City of Richmond; Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s Director and CEO; Dr. Monroe Harris, VMFA’s President of the Board of Trustees; Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Sean Kelly, founder of Sean Kelly Gallery.

First unveiled in Times Square, New York on Sept. 27, 2019 as a collaborative partnership between Times Square, New York City Sean Kelly Gallery and #VMFA, Rumors of War is Wiley’s first monumental public sculpture and largest work-to-date, continuing the artist’s career-long investigation into the politics of representation, race, gender and power.

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For those that can’t make it to the ceremony. VMFA will livestream the “Rumors of War” unveiling event on our Facebook page starting at 3:30 pm tomorrow, Dec 10.

From RPD:

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the unveiling of Kehinde Wiley’s “Rumors of War” sculpture at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday afternoon.

The southbound side of N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard between Ellwood Avenue and Monument Avenue will be closed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10.

There will also be no parking beginning at 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the following streets:

  • Both sides of N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard between Floyd Avenue and Kensington Avenue
  • The southbound side of the 2700 block of Grove Avenue

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