The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
 
Dear Branch Friends and Supporters,
 
This month we have an interesting confluence of two exhibitions related to urban design. At The Branch we know that design surrounds us all day, every day, and we explore the impact of design and what influences it. In A City Personified, the historical maps displayed from the City of Richmond archives help us examine the design of our City and how a city evolves over time … sometimes by design and sometimes in spite of design. 
 
We have also extended the Monumental Youth exhibition as a complement to the process of thinking about urban design. High school students in Richmond were asked to tackle one of the most controversial topics facing Richmonders, and many other cities in this country. They did that in a thoughtful and moving way when asked to think about what personal hero might deserve a monument if they were designing Monument Avenue for a future Richmond. We invite you to think about their designs and artist statements. Who would inspire you to design a monument?? It’s a worthy question, and they’ve answered it in ways that are both engaging and thought provoking.
 
Penelope C. Fletcher
Executive Director
 
 
A City Personified
Through June 21st, in The Great Hall
 
Have you ever considered what a city needs to function in an orderly manner every day?
 
Is it the way a city places certain time restrictions on street parking to account for rush hour traffic? Is it the way a city allows skyscrapers to develop in one part of the city and not in others? Is it the way recycling gets picked up on a set day, every other week?
 
Sixty Years of Italian Design
July 12- September 15, 2019, in the Main Galleries
 
 
Sixty Years of Italian Design (1940-2000) brings iconic contemporary Italian pieces to The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. The exhibition is curated by Maurice Beane, one of the region’s most prominent artists, dealers and collectors, and will showcase works from Beane’s private collection amassed over 40 years. Beane is nationally known for his deep knowledge and experience in the field of design. 
 
SAVE THE DATE:
Public Opening Friday, July 12th, 2019
 
 
Final Centennial Lecture:
Susan Rawles, Ph.D, VMFA
May 30th, 6:30 p.m.
Decadent Digs: Gilded Age Bedrooms, 1880-1920
 
From the 1880s Aestheticism of VMFA’s Worsham-Rockefeller bedroom to the 1910s neoclassicism of Beulah Branch’s boudoir, the Gilded Age was remarkable for an eclecticism reflective of both technological advances and socio-economic change. Dr. Rawles’ talk considers the content and context of patronage and taste that shaped elite bedrooms of the era. This is our final Centennial Lecture!
 
Exclusive to this talk:
After the lecture, join us in Mrs. Branch’s bedroom, seldom shown to the public except on house tours, to see The Branch’s own Gilded Age bedroom!
 
 
Added Summer Architecture Camp Dates!
 
Added—>July 29 – August 2
for 1st through 5th graders
 
A few openings left for 6-8th graders in these sessions:
 
July 8-12
July 22-26
August 5-9
 
Each camp is a 5-day immersion in architecture as campers explore Richmond and the built environment.
 
UPDATE: Sold Out Program
Mapping Richmond: The Story of the City on Vellum – Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going
 
A Lecture with Mark Olinger
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Lecture 6:30 p.m.
 
Insuring History: A Detailed Look at Historic Homes
 
As many of you know, The Branch House has several tenants on our 3rd floor and lower level. One of them, Chartwell Capital Advisers, is part of a group that is putting on a session on historic homes and insurance, followed by an antiques appraisal event. We are sharing it, in case some of our audience is interested.
 
 
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
(804) 655-6055
 
When & Where
Mon, May 13, 2019 - Fri, May 31, 2019