Dear Branch Friends and Supporters,
From the day its doors opened in 1919, the Branch House’s design and location positioned it to play an important and evolving role in the cultural life of Richmond. In 2014, when we were renamed The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, the museum’s mission became one of advancing design in all its forms. The Branch House design and location enhance our museum’s ability to provide public explorations of the impact that design can have in areas from ceramics to furniture and clothing to urban development and architecture. Thus, I am excited to tell you about our opportunity in March to participate in the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Annual Meeting which will be happening all over Richmond.
The Branch’s first exploration of ceramic design will be highlighted by the exhibition - “Inner Lives: Cinerary Jars by Julian Stair and Rob Barnard”.
While the cinerary jars themselves are utilitarian in form and function, those beautiful jars simultaneously speak to us about the inner life of human beings and tie us to those inner lives on many levels. Their beautiful art connects us to our own human experience in a way that is profound. Details are below for this exhibition which will be with us March 3 – 29.
And this month we say goodbye to our beautiful Charles M. Robinson exhibition. Please come see it before it leaves us! We are interested in touring the exhibition. If you have any ideas of locations that might like to host it, do not hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations John Christiansen – 804-655-6106.