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Three Ways to Connect With Richmond Art Deco This Spring

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1. Party Like It’s 1923: The Art Deco Society of Virginia, a nonprofit focused on preserving and celebrating the art, architecture, design, music and social lifestyle of the 1920s and 1930s is marking the 95th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt with “Tutmania Returns: the Fifth Annual Jazz Age Preservation Ball.” Guests are encouraged dress in period garb. Music is by Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. Things swing at the Bolling Haxall House, 211 E. Franklin St., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 7:30-11:30 p.m. artdecova.org.

“Tattoo-Shave-Haircut”
  • “Tattoo-Shave-Haircut”

2. Graphic Depictions: The design process, be it for an article of clothing, landscape, a poster or a building, always begins with a simple line. Fifteen initial marks that became master prints are on display at the University of Richmond Museums in “HPSC@15: a Celebration of the Harnett Print Study Center.” Since 2001, the 6,500-piece collection of works on paper, established by alumnus Joel Harnett and his wife, Lilla, of Phoenix has been a centerpiece. Included in the print collection are etchings, lithographs, screen prints and woodcuts that date from the 15th century to the present. Works by a number of American artists active in the 1920s and during the Great Depression decade of the 1930s are represented. These include Minna Citron’s sensuous “Nude,” a 1939 etching on paper, J.J. Lankes’ reassuring “Barn Near Reading, Pa.,” a wood engraving of 1937, and Reginald March’s 1932 etching, “Tattoo-Shave-Haircut,” pictured here, which captures the claustrophobia of certain urban American neighborhoods. The exhibition continues through April 4. The study center, entering its 16th year, is accessible by request.

3. Dance Back in Time: The Richmond nonprofit Housing Families First, which works to provide permanent housing for homeless families, is turning the Hippodrome into a 1920s nightclub with its fundraising gala, a Night at the Theatre: A Return to the Jazz Age. Period cocktail attire is encouraged, from pinstriped suits to flapper dresses, with black tie optional. Live jazz, a silent auction and other entertainers all are on deck for the event on Saturday, March 4, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $100. housingfamliesfirst.org.

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